The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: Is God the one Mind of animals, too, including wild animals?
Answer: Mrs. Eddy writes: “Beasts, as well as men, express Mind as their origin; but they manifest less of Mind. The first and only cause is the eternal Mind, which is God, and there is but one God. The ferocious mind seen in the beast is mortal mind, which is harmful and proceeds not from God; for His beast is the lion that lieth down with the lamb. Appetites, passions, anger, revenge, subtlety, are the animal qualities of sinning mortals; and the beasts that have these propensities express the lower qualities of the so-called animal man; in other words, the nature and quality of mortal mind, — not immortal Mind.” (Mis. 36)
“Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lion’s den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless. All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible.” (S&H 514)
It would not be wise for you to try to pet or handle a strange animal that may not be used to people. But, we learn from the above quote that God controls all creatures. We can expect God’s help if
we are attacked by an animal (or a person), just as Daniel and Paul in the Bible were able to trust in God for their safety.
Also, promise yourself to treat all animals kindly, just as you would want people and animals to treat you. For example, don’t go around squashing little bugs or worms just for the “fun” of it.
Practice: Do you have pets? Can you do something kind for them today?
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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