The Eighth Commandment
“Thou shalt not steal”
Question: How do cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs steal from us?
Answer: They rob us of our physical and mental health, and steal away our right to self-
government. Mary Baker Eddy taught that all forms of drugs steal from us, and should be avoided.
“The good that a poisonous drug seems to do is evil, for it robs man of reliance on God, omnipotent Mind.” (S&H 169)
“Teach the children early self-government, and teach them nothing that is wrong. If they see their father with a cigarette in his mouth — suggest to them that the habit of smoking is not nice, and
that nothing but a loathsome worm naturally chews tobacco. Likewise soberly inform them that ‘Battle-Axe Plug’ takes off men’s heads; or, leaving these on, that it takes from their bodies a sweet something which belongs to nature, — namely, pure odors.” (Mis. 240)
“If a man is an inebriate, a slave to tobacco, or the special servant of any one of the myriad forms of sin, meet and destroy these errors with the truth of being, — by exhibiting to the wrong-doer the suffering which his submission to such habits brings, and by convincing him that there is no real pleasure in false appetites.” (S&H 404)
“It need not be added that the use of tobacco or intoxicating drinks is not in harmony with
Christian Science.” (S&H 454)
Practice: How might drugs rob us of our self-esteem, health, and purity? What kind of
freedom are we robbed of if we are made slaves to cigarettes or alcohol?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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