The Second Commandment – Q&A #3

The Second Commandment

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

Question: Why did mankind start making idols in the first place?

Answer: We were tricked! Have you read the story of Adam and Eve, and how the serpent
whispered lies? That is where you will find some answers. Keep in mind that the serpent in the Bible was not a real talking snake, but was used by the storyteller to represent evil. Here, in
part, is what Mary Baker Eddy tells us about the beginning of idolatry:

“SERPENT . . . the first statement of mythology and idolatry.” (S&H 594)

“MORTAL MIND . . . mythology . . . idolatry.” (S&H 591-592)

“LORD GOD. Jehovah. This double term is not used in the first chapter of Genesis, the record of
spiritual creation.  It is introduced in the second and following chapters, when the spiritual sense of God and of infinity is disappearing from the recorder’s thought, — when the true
scientific statements of the Scriptures become clouded through a physical sense of God as finite and corporeal. From this follow idolatry and mythology, — belief in many gods, or material intelligences, as the opposite of the one Spirit, or intelligence, named Elohim, or God.”  (S&H 590-591)

“Idolatry sprang from the belief that God is a form, more than an infinite and divine Mind.”
(Peo. 4)

Practice: If you hear anyone voicing lies about God and His creation, refuse to listen! Repeat the truth about God that you know. That way, you will not carve new “graven images” in thought.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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