The Second Commandment – Q&A #7

The Second Commandment

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”

Question: Does obeying the Second Commandment help us to heal?

Answer: Yes, but mortal mind would argue that it is a lot easier to heal the sick using material means, or human faith, rather than turning to our spiritual understanding of the facts of God and man. Those television commercials for pills and other medicines, for instance, can certainly help form “graven images” in thought, unless we turn away from them in obedience to God’s command. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air? Nothing save divine power is capable of doing so much for man as he can do for himself.” (S&H 174)

“It is often asked, Why are faith-cures sometimes more speedy than some of the cures wrought through Christian Scientists? Because faith is belief, and not understanding; and it is easier to believe, than to understand spiritual Truth. It demands less cross-bearing, self-renunciation, and divine Science to admit the claims of the corporeal senses and appeal to God for relief through a humanized conception of His power, than to deny these claims and learn the divine way, — drinking Jesus’ cup, being baptized with his baptism, gaining the end through persecution and purity.”  (Ret. 54)

Practice: This week, try turning off the sound, when someone on television starts talking about an illness. This will help keep you from forming graven images of that same error in your thought.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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