The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Question: What does “wedded to God” mean?
Answer: It is another way to describe our unity, or oneness, with Him. Even if we never marry humanly, we would not have to feel alone when we understand that God is our one true
relative. Here is how Mary Baker Eddy explains it:
“Hourly, in Christian Science, man thus weds himself with God, or rather he ratifies a union
predestined from all eternity.” (Un. 17)
“The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must be universally done.” (S&H 202)
“You have simply to preserve a scientific, positive sense of unity with your divine source, and daily demonstrate this.” (Pul. 4)
Another term for our oneness, or unity, with God is atonement. The second chapter of Science and Health is about the subject of atonement, and begins:
“Atonement is the exemplification of man’s unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.” (S&H 18)
Certainly, we would not want to break the Seventh Commandment by letting impure thoughts and behavior come between us and our unity with God.
Practice: See how many times you can remember to tell yourself that you are one with God. Try it hourly for one day.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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