The Second Commandment

Before examining its meaning in the light of Christian Science, a student of the Bible might say that the second commandment, as given by Moses, could have no special application to the civilized world of to-day.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 174), "Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?" In other words, is it any more idolatrous for pagan nations to believe that images graven of wood and stone are imbued with some supernatural power, than it is for Christian people to hold to the belief that matter, so called, in any form can do for them more than can the one and only God?

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