The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: What difference would it make to me if I obeyed this command?
Answer: Mary Baker Eddy certainly had great expectations in the power of the First Commandment when obeyed:
“The First Commandment in the Hebrew Decalogue — ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’ — obeyed, is sufficient to still all strife. God is the divine Mind. Hence the sequence: Had all peoples one Mind, peace would reign.” (My. 279)
“The First Commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ and the Golden Rule are the all-in-all of Christian Science. They are the spiritual idealism and realism which, when realized, constitute a Christian Scientist, heal the sick, reform the sinner, and rob the grave of its victory.” (My. 5)
Do you know the “Golden Rule” mentioned above? Although he did not call it the Golden Rule, Jesus gave this command to his followers: “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to
them likewise.” Sometimes you will hear it simply as: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
We learn from Mrs. Eddy’s statements here that if we obey the First Commandment, we can expect to heal sickness, sin, and death, as well as bring a lasting peace. But we have to do our part.
Practice: Today, ask God to show you the way to follow Him, and to keep you in that way. Then, look for opportunities to use the “Golden Rule” by treating your friends and family in the way you
would like to be treated.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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