The Sixth Commandment – Q&A #8

The Sixth Commandment
“Thou shalt not kill”

Question: What does Christian Science teach about death?

Answer: Science and Health has many statements that explain the teachings on death, many of which Mary Baker Eddy had proven for herself. Here are a few:

“If you or I should appear to die, we should not be dead. The seeming decease, caused by a
majority of human
beliefs that man must die, or produced by mental assassins, does not in the least disprove Christian Science; rather does it evidence the truth of its basic proposition that
mortal thoughts in belief rule
the materiality miscalled life in the body or in matter.” (S&H 164)

“Death will be found at length to be a mortal dream, which comes in darkness and disappears with the light.” (S&H 42)

“DEATH. An illusion, the lie of life in matter; the unreal and untrue; the opposite of Life.” (S&H 584)

In one sense, if we even think or wish death as a fact for anyone, we break the Sixth Commandment. In doing so, we risk harming ourselves until we correct our thinking. Mrs. Eddy says:

“‘Thou shalt not kill;’ that is, thou shalt not strike at the eternal sense of Life with a malicious aim, but shalt know that by doing thus thine own sense of Life shall be forfeited.” (Mis. 67)

Further Study: Today, read the “Scientific Statement of Being” on page 468 of Science and Health. It is a good statement to memorize. This will help you claim your spiritual identity that cannot ever die or be separated from God, since our life is not in matter, but is spiritual.

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

6th C #8


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