This is the second of a series of five articles on the Commandments, which are appearing monthly in the Sentinel.

The Commandments: Passports to Power

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Is it not true that all day long you and I command the presence of thoughts? Instantly they go to work, but not always do we think of checking upon the sort of house they are building for us to live in. Moses commanded the presence of constructive thoughts. He gives in the First Commandment the positive rule which he proved would work. But in the second commandment he warns us against accepting destructive substitutes: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."

Now graven images are not always antique and they are very seldom of stone. They are images in thought, deviations from or counterfeits of God. For a long time people have been bowing down to an image of God as the creator of good and at the same time the source of evil. God is One. This means that His nature does not change from good to evil. Indeed, this indicates one power and one kind of creation. Lifelike and Godlike. This creation includes you and me. Our identity is Soul-like and our name is man. Anything set up in the imagination as a competitor to the absolute goodness of man is a false image; not a likeness, an unlikeness.

Ever-present Love
December 5, 1942

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