The Tenth Commandment – Q&A #6

The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”

Question: If we covet and envy others, will that make us sick?

Answer: In belief, yes. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is fear, ignorance, or sin.” (S&H 411)

Envy and lust are sins, and she explains that they can be harmful:

“Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear . . . make a man sick.” (S&H 404)

Other citations explain further:

“A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick. Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will perpetuate or even create the belief in disease.” (S&H 419)

“If one is untruthful, his mental state weighs against his healing power; and similar effects come from pride, envy, lust, and all fleshly vices.” (Rud. 9)

“Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them.” (S&H 404)

“The reports of sickness may form a coalition with the reports of sin, and say, ‘I am malice, lust,
appetite, envy, hate.’”
(S&H 218)

“Christian Science commands man to master the propensities . . . to conquer lust with chastity . . . Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against
health, happiness, and success.”  (S&H 405)

Practice: Choke off all feelings of envy today! Do not let any belief in sin rob you of your sense of good health. In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask to be “delivered from all evil.” God will help us.

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

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10th - #6


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