The Second Commandment
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”
Question: What kind of lies does the “serpent” try to tell us about God?
Answer: Evil thoughts would try to get you to believe that God looks like humans, thinks like
humans, or acts like humans; in other words, that He can be both good and bad. It wants you to believe that God, Spirit, would create man to be both spiritual and material, or that a portion of divine Mind is stored in a matter brain inside each of us, rather than being infinite and everywhere present and One. Mrs. Eddy explains it this way:
“Idolatry, the supposition of the existence of many minds and more than one God, has repeated itself in all manner of subtleties through the entire centuries, saying as in the beginning, ‘Believe in me, and I will make you as gods;’ that is, I will give you a separate mind from God (good), named evil; and this so-called mind shall open your eyes and make you know evil, and thus become material, sensual, evil. But bear in mind that a serpent said that; therefore that saying came not from Mind, good, or Truth. God was not the author of it; hence the words of our Master: ‘He is a liar, and the father of it.’”
“In league with material sense, mortals take limited views of all things. That God is corporeal or
material, no man should affirm.” (S&H 255)
Practice: Learn to start your day by getting a clear thought that God is the only Mind, and that Mind is Spirit, and is therefore not in, nor of, matter. The divine Mind, and not a matter brain, is the source of your intelligence. Try using this truth in your school work.
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(Excerpts from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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