The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: How do I know if I’m breaking the First Commandment?
Answer: Mrs. Eddy writes: “Evil was, and is, the illusion of breaking the First Commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me:’ it is either idolizing something and somebody, or hating them: it is the spirit of idolatry, envy, jealousy, covetousness, superstition, lust, hypocrisy, witchcraft.” (Mis. 123)
“It is plain that elevating evil to the altitude of mind gives it power, and that the belief in more than one spirit, if Spirit, God, is infinite, breaketh the First Commandment in the Decalogue.” (Pan. 6-7)
In these statements of Mrs. Eddy’s, you see that giving power to something, or someone, else besides God — whether that is the power to do good or evil — is breaking the First Commandment. Only God has true power, so you should not fear or worship anyone or anything else. Worship means to adore someone or something, or to focus attention on them, above all others. It is right to worship and adore God. It is also right to love and be of service to our fellow man. But, we do not worship them. God must come first in our hearts.
Practice: Is there someone you often see, who frightens you just a little? Today, when that person comes to your thought, or you see him or her, tell yourself that you will not break the First Commandment by being afraid. Do not give the other person the power to hurt you! Remember, you are both God’s children, and are loved by Him. Ask God to help you show that love in a wise and helpful way. Don’t let fear rule!
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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