The Second Commandment – For Young Children

THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

is

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”

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THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

means:

we are not to believe that what we see, hear, taste, touch, or smell with the physical senses, has any real power to help us or hurt us. Although we can be thankful for the good things we have, we should not love or fear them, for that would make them “idols,” which God forbids. A “graven image” is a picture in thought of some “idol” we have made. God is Spirit, unseen by eyes, and cannot be found in material images of people or things. We find Him through spiritual ideas that come to us. We show our love for Him by doing good deeds.

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THE SECOND COMMANDMENT
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

helps us

to find safety and comfort by reminding us to erase bad pictures from our thoughts that would keep us from seeing and being God’s pure and true ideas. The bad pictures of evil would rob us of our peace of mind. Have you read the story of Noah in the Bible? Noah found safety in an
ark, which God told him how to build. The ark kept Noah, his family, and the animals above the flood of evil beliefs that surrounded them.

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To print out an image from the original book, which you can turn into mini-posters or hand-outs for children, click on the image below and save to your computer.

2nd Com - Young Children

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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