The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”
Question: Some people say that it is “God’s will” that a person dies. Isn’t that like saying God kills us so that we can go to heaven? Could that be true?
Answer: No, not according to the teachings of Christian Science. God is Life, and would never destroy one bit of His creation. Mary Baker Eddy explains:
“God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man’s life. God is at once the center and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.”
“Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality. Omnipotent and
infinite Mind made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently
correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to die.” (S&H 206)
Also, God does not hand over to any mortal the power to end the life of another:
“The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God’s man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.” (S&H 151)
We can always turn to God in prayer when we fear for our lives. It may seem hard to do, but we must declare the presence of divine Life right where we are, and then cling to that truth.
Further Study: We can learn a lot about God’s comforting presence in the book of Psalms. Today, read the 91st Psalm, and perhaps set a goal to memorize it, learning a little each day.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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