The Ten Commandments

These are pages from the original book “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One:  The Ten Commandments.”  You might wish to visit the About page for background explanations.  Also scroll past the list of posts relating to the book to locate essays on the Ten Commandments and further tips for teaching them to children.

Introduction to the Ten Commandments, Part One
Introduction to the Ten Commandments, Part Two
Teach the Children Diligently
Before You Begin
Explanation of Format
The Ten Commandments – Background
The Words of the Ten Commandments – the Long and Short

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT:

The First Commandment for Little Children
Q&A #1 – Who is the “me” referred to in this commandment?
Q&A #2 – What are “other gods”?
Q&A #3 – What difference would it make to me if I obeyed this command?
Q&A #4 – What would happen if everyone on earth obeyed the First Commandment all the time?
Q&A #5 – How do I know if I’m breaking the First Commandment?
Q&A #6 – In what ways did Jesus obey the First Commandment?
Q&A #7 – If there is only one God, and He is everywhere, where does man fit in?
Q&A #8 – Is God the one Mind of animals, too, including wild animals?
Q&A #9 – Will obeying the First Commandment help you to heal?
Q&A #10 – How can we grow in our understanding of the First Commandment?
Q&A #11 – If God is the only Mind, who made evil?  Why does it seem real?
Q&A #12 – Why is this the first Commandment?  Is it the most important?

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT:

The Second Commandment for Young Children
Q&A #1 – Isn’t there more to the Second Commandment than just the words written above?
Q&A #2 – What are “graven images”?
Q&A #3 – Why did mankind start making idols in the first place?
Q&A #4 – What kind of lies does the “serpent” try to tell us about God?
Q&A #5 – How does the Second Commandment help us worship God instead of graven images?
Q&A #6 – If the Bible says that we are made in God’s “image and likeness,” why doesn’t God look and act like us?
Q&A #7 – Does obeying the Second Commandment help us to heal?
Q&A #8 – What makes these “graven images” in our thoughts?

THE THIRD COMMANDMENT:

The Third Commandment for Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does taking God’s name “in vain” mean?
Q&A #2 – What can we do to make God’s name special?
Q&A #3 – What is wrong with just saying prayers?  After all, we say the Lord’s Prayer out loud at church services.
Q&A #4 – How did Jesus teach the Third Commandment?
Q&A #5 – How can we get rid of hypocrisy in our prayers, so that they will be worthwhile and not in vain?
Q&A #6 – How can we improve our obedience to the Third Commandment?
Q&A #7 – Is it wrong to take an oath, or swear something, in God’s name?
Q&A #8 – Would obeying the Third Commandment help you to heal?

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT:

The Fourth Commandment for Young Children
Q&A #1 – What is the “sabbath day”?

Q&A #2 – Why was the Fourth Commandment needed?
Q&A #3 – Did Jesus obey the Fourth Commandment?
Q&A #4 – If God saw that His creation was good, why does mankind have to work so hard, and then need a Sabbath?
Q&A #5 – What kind of Sabbath rest does Christian Science teach?
Q&A #6 – What does “reflection” have to do with the Sabbath day?
Q&A #7 – How do we make ourselves into God’s perfect reflection?
Q&A #8 – Will obeying the Fourth Commandment help you to heal?
Q&A #9 – How can we feel at peace if it seems we are lacking something?
Q&A #10 – Is our Sabbath day of rest anything like heaven?

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT:

The Fifth Commandment – for Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “honour” mean?
Q&A #2 – Is God asking us to honor Him, our divine Father-Mother, or our earthly parents?
Q&A #3 – What are some ways we can honor our Father-Mother God?
Q&A #4 – What about children who are being raised by foster, adoptive, or step-parents, or their own parents do not behave as normal parents should?
Q&A #5 – What does Christian Science mean when it teaches that God is our real Father-Mother?
Q&A #6 – Do we hav to honor and obey our parents even after we have grown-up and left home?
Q&A #7 – What part does “gratitude” play in honoring our parents?
Q&A #8 – Why is being obedient to our parents so important?  Can’t we just be obedient to what God tells us to do?

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT:

The Sixth Commandment – For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “kill” mean?
Q&A #2 – Why does Jesus say that being angry is judged the same as actually killing someone?
Q&A #3 – What about people who hate us, who consider themselves our enemy, and may have tried to do us harm, or even kill us?  Do we have to love them?
Q&A #4 – How did Jesus demonstrate the Sixth Commandment?
Q&A #5 – What about war?  Don’t we have to break the Sixth Commandment in order to defend our country?
Q&A #6 – Peace on earth?  What about peace at home?  Sometimes I feel like “killing” my little brother!
Q&A #7 – Some people say that it is “God’s will” that a person dies.  Isn’t that like saying God kills us so that we can go to heaven?  Could that be true?
Q&A #8 – What does Christian Science teach about death?

THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT:

The Seventh Commandment – For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “adultery” mean?
Q&A #2 – What is “purity” and why is it important to our spiritual progress?
Q&A #3 – Why should you, as a child, be concerned with the purity of marriage? Isn’t that something only grown-ups should deal with?
Q&A #4 – What are “morals,” and what do they have to do with the Seventh Commandment?
Q&A #5 – Why is it important to protect marriage anyway, when so many people seem to be divorced these days?
Q&A #6 – What does “wedded to God” mean?
Q&A #7 – If God made us “male and female,” why do we need to marry in order to feel complete?
Q&A #8 – If someone is unhappy in their marriage, and they do not want to get a divorce because they have children, would it be okay for them to look for happiness with someone else, even if that means they are committing adultery?

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT:

The Eighth Commandment – For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What is “stealing”?
Q&A #2 – Is it possible for us, in belief, to steal from God, or from ourselves?
Q&A #3 – What else can be stolen from people besides material things?
Q&A #4 – Has God made man capable of stealing, of being a thief, or a robber?
Q&A #5 – What does our spiritual individuality possess that cannot be stolen?
Q&A #6 – How do cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs steal from us?

THE NINTH COMMANDMENT:

The Ninth Commandment – For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “bear false witness” mean?
Q&A #2 – Who is “thy neighbour”?
Q&A #3 – What happens to those who “bear false witness”?
Q&A #4 – What is “gossip” and why is it wrong?
Q&A #5 – What should you do if your group of friends will not stop gossiping?
Q&A #6 – What is “slander”?
Q&A #7 – What makes people falsely accuse others or themselves?
Q&A #8 – Is it wrong to judge another’s actions, even if we do not make any public accusations against them?
Q&A #9 – Does the Ninth Commandment help us to heal?
Q&A #10 – How do we reverse the false testimony of the material senses?

THE TENTH COMMANDMENT:

The Tenth Commandment – For Young Children
Q&A #1 – What does “covet” mean?
Q&A #2 – If envy is similar to covetousness, does it also break the Tenth Commandment?
Q&A #3 – Is being greedy the same as coveting?
Q&A #4 – What about lust? Does it have to do with covetousness?
Q&A #5 – If coveting has to do only with what we think, and it does not seem to hurt the ones we envy, why is it bad?
Q&A #6 – If we covet and envy others, will that make us sick?
Q&A #7 – What can we do to lessen envy and covetousness?
Q&A #8 – What about our desires for things we really, really want? Can God help us deal with these longings
Q&A #9 – What desires are the right kind to have?
Q&A #10 – What about our “affections”? Is it wrong to simply like something, or want something good in our lives? 
Q&A #11 – If we are to trust God to give us what we need, so that we are not tempted to covet others, what exactly can we expect Him to give us?
Q&A #12 – What qualities of thought will help us overcome covetousness?

See Also the Following Related Essays:

Becoming a Living Monument to the Ten Commandments

Teaching the Ten Commandments

The First Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective

Teaching Children the First Commandment

The Second Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part One

The Second Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Two

Teaching Children the Second Commandment

The Third Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective

Teaching Children the Third Commandment

The Fourth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part One

The Fourth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Two

Teaching Children the Fourth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part One

The Fifth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Two

The Fifth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Three

Teaching Children the Fifth Commandment – See Part Three above

The Sixth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part One

The Sixth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Two

The Sixth Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Three

Teaching Children the Sixth Commandment

The Seventh Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part One

The Seventh Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Two

The Seventh Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Three

The Seventh Commandment – A Christian Science Perspective, Part Four

Teaching Children the Seventh Commandment

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