The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: Why is this the “first” Commandment? Is it the most important?
Answer: It seems to be, if you judge by what Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy taught. Study the statements below and see what you think:
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12)
“Christian Science begins with the First Commandment of the Hebrew Decalogue, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’” (Mis. 21)
“‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’ (Exodus xx. 3) The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science.” (S&H 340)
“That there is but one God or Life, one cause and effect, is the multum in parvo of Christian Science; and to my understanding it is the heart of Christianity, the religion that Jesus taught and
demonstrated.” (Mis. 25)
“The First Commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ is a law never to be abrogated — a divine statute for yesterday, and to-day, and forever.” (’02 4)
Practice: Today, see how often you can put God first in your thoughts and heart, especially when you may be tempted to listen to selfish or unkind suggestions. Use the idea of the First Commandment. Welcome Truth and sweep out error!
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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