The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: If there is only one God, and He is everywhere, where does man fit in?
Answer: Think about how a ray of sunshine stretches forth from the sun. It isn’t the sun, but it has the same qualities of the sun, such as warmth and light. In a similar way, man expresses God’s nature through spiritual qualities. You simply cannot be separated from Him at any time or any way! Mrs. Eddy explains:
“As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being . . . ‘For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.’” (S&H 361)
“Principle and its idea is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.” (S&H 465-466)
“Do religionists believe that God is One and All? Then whatever is real must proceed from God, from Mind, and is His reflection and Science. Man and the universe coexist with God in Science, and they reflect God and nothing else. In divine Science, divine Love includes and reflects all that really is, all personality and individuality. St. Paul beautifully enunciates this fundamental fact of
Deity as the ‘Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.’ This scientific statement of the origin, nature, and government of all things coincides with the First Commandment of the
Decalogue, and leaves no opportunity for idolatry or aught besides God, good.” (’00 4)
Practice: Today, try being that ray of sunshine. Feel God’s Love shining through you to light up your day!
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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