The Ninth Commandment – Q&A #8

The Ninth Commandment
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”

Question: Is it wrong to judge another’s actions, even if we do not make any public
accusations against them?

Answer: What we think in our heart is just as important as what we do openly. Yes, there may be times that we must humanly judge others, or form opinions about them (such as serving on a jury, or hiring a new employee), but, in our daily lives, we should not be too quick to judge others, or be unfairly negative.

“No mortal is infallible, — hence the Scripture, ‘Judge no man.’” (My. 364)

“He who judges others should know well whereof he speaks. Where the motive to do right exists, and the majority of one’s acts are right, we should avoid referring to past mistakes. The greatest sin that one can commit against himself is to wrong one of God’s ‘little ones.’”  (Mis. 130)

“The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from
prophesying, judging, condemning,
counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously.”
(Man. 40)

“Students are advised by the author to be charitable and kind, not only towards differing forms of religion and medicine, but to those who hold these differing opinions. Let us be faithful in pointing
the way through Christ, as we understand it, but let us also be careful always to ‘judge righteous judgment,’ and never to condemn rashly.” (S&H 444)

Practice: Do you have a bad opinion about another? Can you soften it? Can you find the good in them to magnify?

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

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False witness - #8


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