A Commandment for Family Use

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Ex. 20:12: Here is the fifth commandment. In evaluating this commandment, let us consider a statement made by Mrs. Eddy: "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained." Science and Health, p. 547;

It is common practice to accept the fifth commandment as revealing the filial duties which children owe to their parents, and rightly so. But this view touches upon only a small portion of the meaning. Viewed in the light which Christian Science throws on the Bible, the commandment is seen to have a more profound spiritual meaning and a much broader base. In fact, it applies not just to children but to every individual.

Awakening from the Mortal Dream
December 3, 1966

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