The Ninth Commandment
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
Question: What is “slander”?
Answer: Slander is a falsehood told about another person that is so bad it can hurt the
victim’s character or reputation. Usually, the false statement is made verbally to another
person, or to the public at-large. Libel is a damaging statement published in written form.
If we slander or libel anyone, we not only break the Ninth Commandment, we break the
law, and we can be sued in court! The Bible warns us:
“Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off.” (Psalm 101)
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” (Proverbs 10)
Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“Slander is a midnight robber; the red-tongued assassin of radical worth.” (Mis. 226)
“The Greeks showed a just estimate of the person they called slanderer, when they made the word synonymous with devil.” (Mis. 248)
We will not slander, if we love:
“But all people can and should be just, merciful; they should never envy, elbow, slander, hate, or try to injure, but always should try to bless their fellow-mortals.” (Mis. 32)
“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13)
Practice: Put your finger to your lips today, if you are tempted to say something untrue or unkind about another. This is a protection to you, as well.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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