Murder prevention and the Sixth Commandment

If a killer were in your midst, you would seek to arm yourself with the very best protection available. And you would seek to bring about the disarmament of the killer.

Mary Baker Eddy asks in Science and Health: "Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the murderer?" And she answers, "The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder" (pp. 104–105).

Mortal mind would claim to be a killer. What is mortal mind? Well, it isn't a real entity. It's just a belief—the belief that mind is something separate from God, the one divine Mind. So-called mortal mind holds that life is mortal, in and of matter, and that evil is powerful. When this false belief is believed, it incites people to think, say, and do things that cause harm to themselves and others—even to commit suicide and murder.

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October 24, 1994

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