The Eighth Commandment – Q&A #2

The Eighth Commandment
“Thou shalt not steal”

Question: Is it possible for us, in belief, to steal from God, or from ourselves?

Answer: Whenever we welcome in the suggestions and evil beliefs of mortal mind, we have allowed those false beliefs to steal the place that God’s ideas should rightfully hold in our thought:

“Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth.” (S&H 241)

“A material sense of life robs God, by declaring that not He alone is Life, but that something else also is life, — thus affirming the existence and rulership of more gods than one.” (Un. 38)

We can protect ourselves by learning what true treasures are:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (Matthew 6)

God gives to each of His children everything they need. There is no reason to steal, or to fear that someone can steal anything worthwhile from you:

“God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment.” (Mis. 307)

Practice: What do you think heavenly treasures might be? Go on a “treasure hunt” today, and try to see how many treasures of goodness and love you can uncover and claim as your own.

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

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