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Healing and the First Commandment

From the August 1992 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Most people are familiar with the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Ex. 20:3. Many learned it in Sunday School and know it by heart. But how many of us realize the healing power packed into those few words when applied to a particular human need?

Mrs. Eddy, the woman who founded this periodical, knew firsthand the healing power of a spiritual sense of this commandment. She wrote: "The First Commandment is my favorite text. It demonstrates Christian Science." Science and Health, p. 340. Let me share an example.

When very new in the study of Christian Science, I asked a practitioner to help me through prayer to quit smoking. I had tried everything, but to no avail. He asked whether I wanted to quit because I was afraid of the physical consequences described on the warning label of each pack, or whether I wanted to be free because God made man free and it was my divine right to glorify God. I replied that it was the latter. The practitioner then explained that I had been bowing down to something besides God, namely, the cigarettes. I was believing that something else beside Him had power over me. I was, in effect, breaking the First Commandment.

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