The Sixth Commandment – For Young Children

“Thou shalt not kill”


that we should not do anything to anyone that would hurt so much that his or her mortal life could be ended. Although some people seem to be killed by accident, we must never try to harm someone on purpose. We must learn to control anger and hate so that we do not strike at someone to hurt them. We must learn to understand and love all of God’s creation, so that we will not fear others, or wish to do them harm.

“Thou shalt not kill”


to receive God’s mercy for our own mistakes and misunderstandings. We learn from the story of Jesus how to love and forgive our enemies — even those who may want to kill us — by understanding Truth. God is Life, and He has not given the power to anyone to take our true life away, even if they tried. Jesus taught us that we must get rid of hate and anger, and learn to “forgive our debtors” by seeing others the way God sees them — as His perfect, lovable children. We can then expect God to forgive us if we sometimes fail to do what is right.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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