The Fourth Commandment – Q&A #8

The Fourth Commandment
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”

Question: Will obeying the Fourth Commandment help you to heal?

Answer: Certainly. We first remember to do our “work” of affirming Truth and denying error. Then, when we reach that moment where we understand that we are God’s perfect reflection (our Sabbath day!), we should find that any false beliefs of sickness or sin will disappear. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“Sickness is the schoolmaster, leading you to Christ; first to faith in Christ; next to belief in God as
omnipotent; and
finally to the understanding of God and man in Christian Science, whereby you
learn that God is good, and in Science man is His likeness, the forever reflection of goodness.”
(Rud. 11)

“By this system . . . man has a changed recognition of his relation to God. He is no longer obliged to sin, be sick, and die to reach heaven, but is required and empowered to conquer sin, sickness, and death; thus, as image and likeness, to reflect Him who destroys death and hell. By this reflection, man
becomes the partaker of that Mind whence sprang the universe.” (Mis. 235)

“Spiritual insight of Truth and Love antidotes and destroys the errors of flesh, and brings to light the true reflection; man as God’s image, or ‘the first man,’ for Christ plainly declared, through Jesus,
‘Before Abraham was, I am.’”
(Mis. 189)

If you should start to feel ill or upset, “remember the sabbath day” of reflection.

Further Study: Today, study the answer to the question “What is man?” on page 475 in Science and Health for fresh ideas.

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

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