The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Question: What is “purity,” and why is it important to our spiritual progress?
Answer: Purity is the condition of being pure or clean. Being pure means several things: not mixed with anything else; not dirty or polluted; free from evil or guilt; innocent. In Christian Science, we learn that our thoughts determine our experience. We certainly do not want to pollute our mind with suggestions of evil or error. Evil thoughts would cloud our clear sense of God and man. Mary Baker Eddy writes about the importance of purity:
“The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.’” (S&H 324)
“Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — these constituents of thought, mingling,
constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.” (S&H 58)
“Thought imbued with purity, Truth, and Love, instructed in the Science of metaphysical healing, is the most potent and desirable remedial agent on the earth.” (Mis. 4)
“What holds us to the Christian life is the seven-fold shield of honesty, purity, and unselfed love.” (My. 200)
Practice: Our rivers need to be kept pure from pollution, so that the fishes and plants can stay alive, and our drinking water is not poisoned. Today, watch your thoughts to see that no pollution is allowed to stay there and muddy your vision or poison your thoughts.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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