The Sixth Commandment – Q&A #2

The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”

Question: Why does Jesus say that being angry is judged the same as actually killing
someone?

Answer: Because anger is hate, and hate harms anyone who gives into it, and allows this evil thinking to control him or her. We often seem to hate others, or be angry with them, because they have done something we feel is wrong, and we believe they need to be punished.

“Taking Offense” is an article by Mary Baker Eddy, which begins:

“There is immense wisdom in the old proverb, ‘He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.’
Hannah More said, ‘If I wished to punish my enemy, I should make him hate somebody.’” (Mis. 223)

Another article written by Mary Baker Eddy is “Love Your Enemies,” found in Miscellaneous Writings. You might find it helpful to read this article whenever you are disturbed by the actions of others, and you need a reminder of its important lesson. Part of it reads:

“Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it
masters us; brings suffering
upon suffering to its possessor, throughout time and beyond the grave. If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you. Never return evil for evil, and above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged when you have not been.” (Mis. 12)

Further Study: Look over the articles mentioned above, and try to find a few ideas you can use. Write them down and read your notes often. Do you see that hate must always be
replaced by love?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

6th C #2

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