The Second Commandment
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”
Question: What makes these “graven images” in our thoughts?
Answer: The five physical senses — the beliefs that we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel with, or through, matter — are the sources of these images. We learn from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy that these so-called senses are liars! They offer only misconceptions, or false views,
of the true substance of Spirit.
“It is the false conceptions of Spirit, based on the evidences gained from the material senses, that make a Christian only in theory, shockingly material in practice, and form its Deity out of the worst human qualities, else of wood or stone.” (Peo. 2)
“Here you may see how so-called material sense creates its own forms of thought, gives them material names, and then worships and fears them. With pagan blindness, it attributes to some material god or medicine an ability beyond itself. The beliefs of the human mind rob and enslave it, and then impute this result to another illusive personification named Satan.” (S&H 187)
“We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are
inclined to fear and to obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God.” (S&H 214)
Further Study: In the Bible, John writes: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” This is just another way to say the Second Commandment. Try to memorize it today, and use it when you
are disturbed by false pictures of error.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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