First Commandment – Q&A #2

The First Commandment 

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Question: What are “other gods”?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy describes “other gods” in several statements in Science and Health, some of which you will read in other lessons. We learn that giving power to anything or anyone but God, is making an “idol” of it, just as the people in the Bible did when they worshipped statues of wood or gold. Here is a definition of “gods” found in the Glossary of Science and Health:
“GODS. Mythology; a belief that life, substance, and intelligence are both mental and material; a supposition of sentient physicality; the belief that infinite Mind is in finite forms; the various
theories that hold mind to be a material sense, existing in brain, nerve, matter; supposititious minds, or souls, going in and out of matter, erring and mortal; the serpents of error, which say,
‘Ye shall be as gods.’” (S&H 587) 

Have you read about Adam in the Bible yet? Adam represents “other gods.”

“ADAM. . . the first god of mythology; not God’s man, who represents the one God and is His own image and likeness; . . . a so-called finite mind, producing other minds, thus making ‘gods many and lords many.’” (S&H 579-580)

Practice: When we believe there is a mind in anything but God, the divine Mind, we are having “other gods.” One way we can be obedient to this commandment is by refusing to let the five
physical senses become “gods” when they try to report pain in our bodies. Today, try to talk back to any suggestion of pain that might come to you, with the truth that God, good, did not make it.

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

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