The Ninth Commandment
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”
Question: Does the Ninth Commandment help us to heal?
Answer: Yes. It alerts us to realize that we may be listening to the “whispering serpent” of the material senses, which would tell lies about God’s children. If we see that it is only the false testimony of the five physical senses that makes us believe we are sick, then we have a
remedy at hand: disbelief!
In Science and Health, starting on page 430, is a “mental court case,” written in the form of a story. We see how the material senses operate, until the “attorney,” Christian Science, proves them wrong. For instance, the physical sensation of pain is believed to come from our nerves. In the court case, we read:
“Then Christian Science proved the witness, Nerve, to be a perjurer. Instead of being a ruler in
the Province of Body, in which Mortal Man was reported to reside, Nerve was an insubordinate
citizen, putting in false claims to office and bearing false witness against Man.” (S&H 438)
Mary Baker Eddy tells us elsewhere:
“The opposite of Truth, — called error, sin, sickness, disease, death, — is the false testimony of false material sense, of mind in matter.” (S&H 108)
“The testimony of the serpent is significant of the illusion of error, of the false claims that misrepresent God, good.” (S&H 538)
Practice: Think about what the five physical senses tell you about the world. Can they see Truth? Or Love? Can they tell the truth? Can they act from love?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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