THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

Should one question the man in the street as to the meaning of the commandment, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain," it is very likely that he would say it was a command to speak reverently of God, or not to speak lightly of holy things.

In the course of my Sunday School work I looked up the words "in vain," feeling sure that any study, in the light of Christian Science, would bring out a deeper comprehension of their meaning. The dictionary reminded me that "in vain" means "to no purpose." The command then ran, "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God [to no purpose]." Of what avail, indeed, to call ourselves the children of the ever-living God, and then proceed, illogically, to give power to anything that is not in line with the nature of our Father. I saw that the commandment is broken every time reality is given to discord, limitation, pain, hatred, or under whatever guise evil may come, and whether it appears to be attached to ourselves, our friends, the home or church, or even the world at large.

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