"Wilt thou climb the mountain?"

The keynote of the Mosaic law, from which all subsequent righteous law has sprung, is the First Commandment, for when anyone reaches the place where he has no other gods than the Supreme Being we name God, he will love his brother man and be guided rightly in all his relationships with others.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me," makes a special demand on the student of Christian Science. This command is always with him, though he may use a variety of ways in expressing it. As he travels along his ascending path, gaining clearer and deeper views of good, he feels the resilience of spiritual abundance. Joy, freedom, yea, myriads of spiritual ideas, unfold in his awakening thought, satisfying him far beyond the idols which he now instinctively feels would have failed him as he mounted higher. These idols may have seemed innocuous and innocent at the time of their acquiring, before the ascent was really undertaken, but when the student is honest and deeply in earnest regarding his upward way, he finds all earth weights cumbersome especially when the road becomes steep and his vision is opening to his great spiritual heritage as the son of God.

Mary Baker Eddy tells us in her beautiful allegory (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 327) of "the Stranger," or Christ, whose presence brought a penitent one to the foot of the mountain. Here "the Stranger" asks him this question: "Wilt thou climb the mountain, and take nothing of thine own with thee?" The answer was, "I will."

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August 21, 1943

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