The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: What would happen if everyone on earth obeyed the First Commandment all the time?
Answer: Mary Baker Eddy paints a wonderful picture of a world in which only one God is acknowledged:
“One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.” (S&H 340)
“It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.” (S&H 467)
“As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God’s likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.”
Practice: Look for opportunities to turn to “the one perfect Mind to guide” you today. Maybe you need help finding a lost object, or to make an important decision or choice. Turn in prayer to God and ask for His guidance. Listen.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” (Copyright 2001)
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