The Eighth Commandment – Q&A #5

The Eighth Commandment
“Thou shalt not steal”

Question: What does our spiritual individuality possess that cannot be stolen?

Answer: Everything! Our true identity is made up of spiritual ideas. Mary Baker Eddy tells us that man “is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas.” (S&H 475) We have, or possess, all that we need every moment throughout eternity.

Here are some of Mrs. Eddy’s statements on the idea of possession:

“Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.” (S&H 516)

“Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are
perceived humanly.
Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects
the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color.” (S&H 247)

“God could never impart an element of evil, and man possesses nothing which he has not derived from God.” (S&H 539)

“We own no past, no future, we possess only now.” (My. 12)

“Does a single bosom burn for fame and power? Then when that person shall possess these, let him ask himself, and answer to his name in this corner-stone of our temple: Am I greater for them?
And if he thinks that he is, then he is less than man to whom God gave ‘dominion over all the earth,’ less than the meek who ‘inherit the earth.’” (Mis. 145)

Practice: Think about what you would like to possess. Can it be stolen?

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

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