The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”
Question: Peace on earth? What about peace at home? Sometimes I feel like “killing” my little brother!
Answer: You are not alone if you have ever felt like “killing” one of your brothers or sisters.
In fact, the very first murder mentioned in the Bible was that of Cain killing his brother, Abel. Cain was angry because he thought that God loved Abel more than he loved Cain. Does that sound familiar to you? Mary Baker Eddy made a comment on this story:
“The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.” (S&H 541)
“Sibling rivalry” is a term used to describe the “little wars” between children in a family. It happens because children may feel they are not being treated fairly, or they think another
sibling gets more attention, or more gifts, or more skills, talents, or good grades. Comparing yourself with others is a bad habit. As Mrs. Eddy mentions in the citation above, it is our
belief that life is material, rather than spiritual, that causes these splits, or feelings of
separation, from our family or friends, and from the good that God has given us.
When you learn about man’s spiritual identity, you will see there is no reason to hate or fear your brothers and sisters. Until then, we must not hurt them with words or hands. The
advice given to little children is good for all: Hands are not for hitting! They are for holding, helping, and hugging! Any more ideas?
Further Study: Find the story of Jacob and Esau in a Bible storybook, to see how these
brothers solved their conflict.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”