The Seventh Commandment

[Written Especially for Young People]

WEBSTER'S dictionary defines the verb "to adulterate" in part as follows: "To make corrupt or impure by adding new, strange, or foreign elements." The seventh commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," has for the Christian Scientist a profound and vital significance, for it warns him against admitting to his consciousness any thought which is foreign to Life, Truth, and Love. Such a process of exclusion deprives him of nothing that is real or good, for anything foreign to God is necessarily unreal and powerless to bring one either pain or pleasure. Chastity of thought, on the other hand, is mirrored in the student's daily living, in ever-unfolding good, opening unlimited possibilities to him, broadening his vision, enlarging his talents, and leading him forward to higher and holier attainment.

In view of the glorious results which follow obedience to the divine demand for purity, how foolish and insignificant are the importunities of mortal mind!

Light in the Prison
April 22, 1939

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