Family health and the Fifth Commandment

Let's face it. We've all complained about our parents at least once in our lives. Even the best of human parents have yet to achieve total perfection!

In one way or another our parents are likely to be in our thoughts for the rest of our lives. Indeed, how we think of our parents has very much to do with how we think of ourselves and of our relationships with others. And this is important for us to recognize, since, as Christian Science teaches, our thoughts determine our experiences—our health and relationships—for better or for worse.

The Fifth Commandment in the Bible indicates clearly that the need to respect our parents in a healthy way is an important factor in our own well-being. "Honour thy father and thy mother," the commandment tells us, "that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee" (Ex. 20:12).

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August 2, 1993

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