God Must Be First

Mankind is learning through the study of Christian Science how to think spiritually; how to turn away from material evidence and material thinking to God, good. Thus through placing Him first in every experience, the correct solution of all problems must of necessity be brought about. If we are believing that materiality holds anything which is attractive or good, to give it up with all that it seems to offer is not an easy task. If we start, however, with the commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," which Mrs. Eddy has interpreted on pages 19 and 20 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" as, "Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life,—even God, good," we realize we are not called upon to give up anything good, but only that which would attempt to make us believe in a power apart from God. As we gain this understanding, we find it possible to let go of material thinking; and its fruits—sin, disease, and discord—proportionately disappear.

In the Scriptural account of the life of Abraham, that revered and faithful patriarch who walked so closely with God, we find many proofs of his willingness to obey divine guidance. At one time the voice of God bade him take his son, his "only son" Isaac, and proceed unto the land of Moriah, to offer him there as a burnt sacrifice upon one of the mountains. Early in the morning Abraham arose and made ready for the journey. This journey lasted for three days; and then Abraham saw the place afar off. No doubt the mental conflict during the three days' journey was very great; but through it he had risen high enough spiritually to enable him to proceed to the place where he was to make the supreme sacrifice, even the sacrifice of his "only son." He went steadily forward, taking Isaac with him, but leaving behind the two young men who had accompanied them so far.

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