*Message for 1902
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

page 521


   The First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other
gods before me," is a law never to be abrogated - a divine
statute for yesterday, and to-day, and forever.  I shall
briefly consider these two commandments in a few of their
infinite meanings, applicable to all periods - past, present,
and future.
   Alternately transported and alarmed by abstruse
problems of Scripture, we are liable to turn from them as
impractical, or beyond the ken of mortals, - and past
finding out.  Our thoughts of the Bible utter our lives.

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As silent night foretells the dawn and din of morn; as the
dulness of to-day prophesies renewed energy for to-morrow,
- so the pagan philosophies and tribal religions of yesterday
but foreshadowed the spiritual dawn of the twentieth
century - religion parting with its materiality.
   Christian Science stills all distress over doubtful interpretations
of the Bible; it lights the fires of the Holy
Ghost, and floods the world with the baptism of Jesus.
It is this ethereal flame, this almost unconceived light of
divine Love, that heaven husbands in the First
   For man to be thoroughly subordinated to this commandment,
God must be intelligently considered and
understood.  The ever-recurring human question and
wonder, What is God? can never be answered satisfactorily
by human hypotheses or philosophy.  Divine metaphysics
and St. John have answered this great question
forever in these words: "God is Love."  This absolute
definition of Deity is the theme for time and for eternity;
it is iterated in the law of God, reiterated in the gospel of
Christ, voiced in the thunder of Sinai, and breathed in
the Sermon on the Mount.  Hence our Master's saying,
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the
prophets:  I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."
   Since God is Love, and infinite, why should mortals
conceive of a law, propound a question, formulate a doctrine,
or speculate on the existence of anything which is
an antipode of infinite Love and the manifestation thereof?
The sacred command, "Thou shalt have no other gods
before me," silences all questions on this subject, and forever

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forbids the thought of any other reality, since it is impossible
to have aught unlike the infinite.
   The knowledge of life, substance, or law, apart or other
than God - good - is forbidden.  The curse of Love
and Truth was pronounced upon a lie, upon false knowledge,
the fruits of the flesh not Spirit.  Since knowledge
of evil, of something besides God, good, brought death
into the world on the basis of a lie, Love and Truth destroy
this knowledge, - and Christ, Truth, demonstrated
and continues to demonstrate this grand verity, saving
the sinner and healing the sick.  Jesus said a lie fathers
itself, thereby showing that God made neither evil nor its
consequences.  Here all human woe is seen to obtain in
a false claim, an untrue consciousness, an impossible
creation, yea, something that is not of God.  The Christianization
of mortals, whereby the mortal concept and
all it includes is obliterated, lets in the divine sense of
being, fulfils the law in righteousness, and consummates
the First Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods
before me."  All Christian faith, hope, and prayer, all
devout desire, virtually petition, Make me the image and
likeness of divine Love.
   Through Christ, Truth, divine metaphysics points the
way, demonstrates heaven here, - the struggle over, and
victory on the side of Truth.  In the degree that man becomes

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