First Commandment – Q&A #1

The First Commandment

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Question: Who is the “me” referred to in this commandment?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy writes: “It is plain that the Me spoken of in the First Commandment must be Mind; for matter is not the Christian’s God, and is not intelligent.” (Mis. 23)

However, Mrs. Eddy also tells us: “The first demand of this Science is, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual.” (S&H 467)

We learn in Science and Health that God has seven special names, which Mrs. Eddy tells us are synonyms. Synonyms are words that share a similar meaning, but are slightly different in some way.
The seven synonyms for God are: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. They each refer to God, but a close study of the Christian Science textbook, as Science and Health is known, will show that each name reveals a special view of what God is and what He does. That is how the “me” in the First Commandment can be both Mind and Spirit — as well as Soul, Principle, Life,
Truth, and Love!

Practice: Say to yourself today, “God is the only Mind, and that Mind is good. I will only welcome thoughts that are good and true. I will not listen to thoughts that are bad or unwise.” Try to use this idea during the day if you notice bad or unhappy thoughts coming to you. Replace them with ideas you are learning about God. You will be practicing the First Commandment already!

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” – Copyright 2001)

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