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‘Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy’

From the December 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Originally written in French, this article first appeared in the April 2014 French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

During a meal I was having with friends, their conversation revolved around the idea that some of the Ten Commandments, found in the Bible (see Exodus 20:3–17), are no longer pertinent. This meant for them that the basic laws on which Christianity rests are no longer credible because of the evolution of modern society. To prove their point, they said that nowadays many Christians in Europe reject church and its Sunday services, and that this shows the lack of purpose of the Fourth Commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).

I silently prayed and waited for the moment when I could voice my profound conviction that all of the Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God, are just as applicable and valid during the 21st century as they always have been and always will be.

I asked my friends: “What would you think if someone said, ‘I accept the tables for multiplying 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, but not 4?’ It’s the same for the Ten Commandments; one cannot accept some of them, and reject the rest!” 

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