The Seventh Commandment – Q&A #3

The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”

Question: Why should you, as a child, be concerned with the purity of marriage? Isn’t that something only grown-ups should deal with?

Answer: It is not marriage you have to be concerned with now, but the goal of keeping your mind pure. Although many parents work hard to keep their children’s minds protected from the impurities of the wrong kinds of entertainment and friends, it is important that children themselves understand the reasons for doing this. After all, parents cannot be with their children all the time. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“Too much cannot be done towards guarding and guiding well the germinating and inclining thought of childhood. To mould aright the first impressions of innocence, aids in perpetuating
purity
and in unfolding the immortal model, man in His image and likeness.”  (My. 261)

“Dear reader, right thinking, right feeling, and right acting — honesty, purity, unselfishness — in youth tend to success, intellectuality, and happiness in manhood. To begin rightly enables one
to end rightly, and thus it is that one achieves the Science of Life, demonstrates health, holiness, and immortality.”  (My. 274)

“Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man’s higher nature.” (S&H 62)

Practice: Are the movies, TV, and computer games you enjoy filled with too much violence or adult-only themes? Protect your innocence! But, how?

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

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