The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”
Question: What does “reflection” have to do with the Sabbath day?
Answer: In Christian Science, we learn that man is the reflection of God. When we come to understand this is the truth about ourselves, we will find rest and completeness. In the citation
below, Mary Baker Eddy uses the illustration of a mirror to explain our reflection of God:
“Your mirrored reflection is your own image or likeness. If you lift a weight, your reflection does this also. If you speak, the lips of this likeness move in accord with yours. Now compare man before the mirror to his divine Principle, God. Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection. Then note how true, according to Christian Science, is the reflection to its original. As the reflection of yourself appears in the mirror, so you, being spiritual, are the reflection of God. The substance, Life,
intelligence, Truth, and Love, which constitute Deity, are reflected by His creation; and when we
subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science, we shall see this
true likeness and reflection everywhere.” (S&H 515-516)
Did you see in the last sentence that we must first “subordinate the false testimony” (that’s our work), before we can see the true reflection (our rest). That’s how the Fourth Commandment works!
Practice: Look in a mirror, and watch how the “face” in the mirror (your reflection) looks and moves just like you. Then, think about what it must mean for you to be, in reality, God’s spiritual reflection. As you go about your day today, try to remember that is who you are.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments” Copyright 2001)
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