The Ninth Commandment
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
Question: Who is “thy neighbour”?
Answer: A neighbor (spelled with a “u” in the King James Version of the Bible) is not just someone who lives next door to you, or in your own community. It is a term referring to
everyone — the family of man. This commandment urges us to be just and truthful with
everyone, not just close friends and family. We may feel our so-called enemies deserve to
be punished, but we must not tell a lie to bring that punishment about. Mary Baker Eddy
writes about the command of Jesus to love our neighbor:
“The loving patience of Jesus, we must strive to emulate. ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ has daily to be exemplified.” (Mis. 7)
“This Science requires man to be honest, just, pure; to love his neighbor as himself, and to love God supremely.” (Mis. 367)
“I hate no one; and love others more than they can love me. As I now understand Christian Science, I would as soon harm myself as another; since by breaking Christ’s command, ‘Thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself,’ I should lose my hope of heaven.” (Mis. 311)
“Striving to be good, to do good, and to love our neighbor as ourself, man’s soul is safe.” (My. 200)
Practice: Look for an opportunity today to do something kind or loving for someone else. Treat them as you would want to be treated. Remember, your “neighbor” includes yourself and family.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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