The Sixth Commandment – Q&A #5

The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”

Question: What about war? Don’t we have to break the Sixth Commandment in order to
defend our country?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy wrote a number of articles that were gathered into a chapter called “Peace and War.” These can be found in First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany. Here are some of the points she made:

“The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations. Killing men is not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and injustice are righted and exterminated.”
(My. 277)

“For many years I have prayed daily that there be no more war, no more barbarous slaughtering of our fellow-beings; prayed that all the peoples on earth and the islands of the sea have one God, one Mind; love God supremely, and love their neighbor as themselves. It is unquestionable, however, that at this hour the armament of navies is necessary, for the purpose of preventing war and preserving peace among nations.” (My. 286)

If every child can learn to control envy and hate while young, they could help bring harmony and peace on earth to all mankind. One fine day, there will be no more war, and we will all get along.

Mrs. Eddy also reminds us: “Two commandments of the Hebrew Decalogue, ‘Thou shalt not
commit adultery,’ and
‘Thou shalt not kill,’ obeyed, will eliminate divorce and war.” (My. 268)

Practice: There is no shortage of conflicts in the world. You can help by praying to know that Love is ever-present.

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

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