The Tenth Commandment – Q&A #2

The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”

Question: If envy is similar to covetousness, does it also break the Tenth Commandment?

Answer: Yes, envy does break this commandment. That is because envy not only includes covetousness — wanting what someone else has — but it also includes a great deal of
resentment, or hate, toward the person who owns what we would like to have.

You may also hear the word jealousy used sometimes. It is often confused with envy. Jealousy is the fear that another person might take away something we believe belongs only to us (such as our best friend!). Even though it is different from envy, it is still a negative emotion
that we should cast out. Shakespeare called these feelings “the green-eyed monster.” It can sure seem that way!

“Pride, envy, or jealousy seems on most occasions to be the master of ceremonies, ruling out
primitive Christianity.” 
(S&H 64)

“The doors that this animal element flings open are those of rivalry, jealousy, envy, revenge. It is the self-asserting mortal will-power that you must guard against.” (Mis. 281)

“Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame to woe to their final punishment.” (S&H 188)

Practice: Does the “green-eyed monster” ever grab you? Maybe you envy someone’s looks,
or friends, or sports ability. Turn on that monster and stare it down! It is an illusion. See through it to the good God has already given you.

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

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