The Fifth Commandment

[Written Especially for Young People]

Among the first lessons taught to pupils in the Christian Science Sunday School is included a right apprehension of the spirit and the letter of the fifth commandment of the Decalogue; for a correct spiritual understanding of the law, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee," must precede its practical application in human affairs. Pupils may evidence their obedience to the divine demands given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, in their daily conduct at home, in society, at school, at play, and in their other activities.

In the home, the tender affection and watchful care bestowed upon the child by the father and the mother afford a faint glimpse of the constant protection and unceasing provision of divine Love for His entire creation, including individual, spiritual man. Boys and girls may attest their gratitude for Love's beneficence, and thus obey the fifth commandment by yielding instant obedience to their parents.

Christian Science emphasizes the necessity for obedience to divine Principle. It also stresses the imperative need for obedience to wise parental authority. The Apostle Paul enjoins, "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."

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