The Tenth Commandment – Q&A #5

The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”

Question: If coveting has to do only with what we think, and it does not seem to hurt the ones we envy, why is it bad?

Answer: From what we read in the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, those who covet and envy are hurting themselves in a big way. Doesn’t God need all His children to be fit for service to mankind? We can’t be much help to others if we are hurting ourselves. Envy, jealousy, covetousness, and lust are always to be chased out of thought. Why? Because:

“Envy is the atmosphere of hell.” (‘02 3)

“HELL. Mortal belief; error; lust.” (S&H 588)

“Evil was, and is . . . the spirit of idolatry, envy, jealousy, covetousness, superstition, lust.” (Mis. 123)

“Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something, — for lust, dishonesty, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, slander, hate, theft, adultery, murder.” (S&H 330)

“For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord
abhorreth.” (Psalms 10)

“Envy, the great red dragon of this hour, would obscure the light of Science.” (Mis. 254)

“From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, — all evil, — are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety.” (S&H 564)

Practice: Today, do not let the “serpent,” the whisperings of animal magnetism, trick you into any envious thinking, by pretending to be your own thought!

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

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