The Second Commandment – Q&A #5

The Second Commandment

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

Question: How does the Second Commandment help us worship God instead of graven
images?

Answer: It is a reminder to take a look at our habits of thought and acts of worship, to see if we are relying on something less than pure, spiritual ideas to worship or express God in our lives.
What made us feel we were doing right by God at one time, may no longer be what is necessary for our spiritual growth and service. Read what Mary Baker Eddy says about material worship:

“Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and illustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.” (S&H 200)

“Proportionately as the people’s belief of God, in every age, has been dematerialized and unfinited has their Deity become good.” (Peo. 2)

“Whatever materializes worship hinders man’s spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.” (S&H 4-5)

“Dost thou ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity.” (S&H 9)

Practice: Try to take sweet thoughts out into the world today, and use them. Just reading your Lesson, or showing up at church, is not enough to worship God; we must express Him in good qualities.

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

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