BE A TRUE WITNESS

[Of Special Interest to Children]

SUSAN had learned the Ten Commandments in the Christian Science Sunday School. She was happy to be able to say them without any help. She went over them as she passed from one class to another so that she would remember and understand them better.

Susan was eight now. She was reviewing the commandment (Ex. 20:16), "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour," and she asked her mother what "false witness" meant. Her mother explained to her that "false" means something that is not true and that a witness is someone who tells something he knows or sees. We are true witness when we see and tell only that which is true; we are false witnesses when we see or tell what is not true. When we see man as loving, pure, and happy we are seeing God's man; that is, the real man, and we are being true witnesses. But when we see and talk about man as sick, unhappy, hateful, or unkind we are bearing false witness against God and His son, man. We are believing that God, who is Love and only good, can make man—His image and likeness—the opposite of good, which is evil.

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