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Ten PYCLs from The 10 Commandments
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for Sunday, December 3
, 2023

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com • 314-406-0041


PYCL #1: 1st Commandment.

It came to me this week to use the Ten Commandments as a platform for thinking about this week’s subject of God, the Only Cause and Creator. This is a way to sink into this Bible Lesson while also focusing on the Church Manual provision for Sunday School that asks us to teach the Ten Commandments!

I will be necessarily brief in these notes because it’s a lot of Commandments!
Let’s begin with the first commandment that we should have no other gods before the one God. This fits nicely with our subject because with only one divine Cause there can be no other power to worship.

We can refuse to acknowledge power in material, so-called creation. We can refuse to recognize as powerful or influential, anything that is evil, because it is not part of the divine Good. That which is 100% spiritual and good, cannot have matter, or evil in it. So, we have permission to look around us and evaluate whether we are going to accept as a false god, anything that does not agree with spirit, or goodness.


PYCL #2: 2nd Commandment.

Our second commandment tells us that we should not make a “graven image” –many material substitute for our love for God, or spiritual good, in our daily lives. As we learn to perceive God’s spiritual creation around us, we are less likely to desire [or be obsessed with) material substitutions for the beauty, abundance, and goodness of God’s creation. In order to see this, we practice seeing God around us in simple ways each day.

We recognize that the love we receive at home, in school, even at Sunday School, is actually Love, or God, in action. It is God’s presence with us right where we are. We can recognize God as Mind bringing us intelligence and wisdom and direction.

It may be helpful with younger children to discuss what a graven image might be in today’s world. You can explain what it was in the Bible, and what it represented. Then share thoughts on what it represents today in our experience. It will be different, often, for different people.
Come up with a list of such “graven images”. How do they become less enticing through an understanding of God as the only cause/Creator?
Are they more like counterfeits than truly rewarding activities or things?


PYCL #3: 3rd Commandment.

Our third commandment tells us not to take the name of God in vain. Discuss what that means. In the Bible, “name” means identity, not just a title we call ourselves.  If God is not a spiritual “Being”, but, rather, divine Consciousness, then this divine Consciousness is creating, through expression, all spiritual existence. This divine Consciousness is causing all action. And all that it can cause is good.

Maybe one way to look at this Commandment as it relates to this Bible lesson, is to see that taking God’s name in vain might be akin to a lack of respect for the purity, beauty and goodness of God’s creation. With the older children, you can see where this conversation leads.


PYCL #4: 4th Commandment.

Our fourth commandment refers to resting on, and keeping holy, the 7th day, or the Sabbath day, after the mythical 6 days of creation. Perhaps keeping the Sabbath holy is respecting the spiritual nature of creation. Could this lead us to look more deeply into the spiritual, powerful, nature of divine creation?
Might we look for more ways to approach our daily lives with a sense of holiness?

Perhaps have a conversation about what makes a day holy. Consider the fact that we are celebrating a series of holidays, a word which actually stems from the “holy days”. Is this holiness restricted to this time of the year? How can we find holiness every day?


PYCL #5: 5th Commandment.

This commandment tells us to honor our father and mother. Our dads and moms are the nearest thing we have humanly to understanding the love of our divine Father-Mother God. They give us (potentially) the best human understanding we can get of God/Love. And they represent the counterfeit, material understanding of creation. So, perhaps through honoring this human understanding to the best of our ability, we will find better access and understanding of divine creation.

Our Bible lesson this week makes it very clear that it is spiritual causation that helps us progress spiritually, and humanly! (citation S5/170:22) But if we can’t respect and honor what we humanly understand as our parents, how can we possibly honor or love God? We have to start this demonstration with what we have in front of us — our parents.


PYCL #6: 6th Commandment.

This commandment tells us that we should not kill. It might be interesting to think about this in terms of spiritual creation being permanent. If something is created, or caused spiritually, then it is indestructible. Mortal sense tells us that things can be killed or destroyed. But getting a deeper understanding of spiritual creation, can lead us to see the permanence of goodness that is indestructible.

While a physical body may not live forever, a truer sense of man’s spiritual, permanent identity and the practice of respecting every manifestation of Life as we know it, can open our eyes on a daily basis to glimpses of eternity.


PYCL #7: 7th Commandment.

The 7th Commandment tells us not to commit adultery. If the students are old enough you can certainly mention the traditional definition of adultery. It encompasses more though, and can be usefully expanded, if we get a more spiritual perspective on this commandment.

We can think of this Commandment as encouraging us not to water down our commitment and faithful expression of God’s goodness in our daily lives. This is part of the truest expression of divine creation which causes us to find our love, satisfaction, peace, and even vigor, in spiritual faithfulness and spiritual joy. Love’s creation is infinitely delightful, satisfying, and brings deep joy.


PYCL #8: 8th Commandment.

This Commandment tells us not to steal. In the divine creation we cannot steal, nor be stolen from. “The physical universe expresses the conscious and unconscious thoughts of mortals.” (cit. S26/484:13-14)

Even the “physical universe”, that which we experience through our physical senses, expresses our “conscious and unconscious” thoughts. Can someone steal your thoughts? Can you “steal” someone else’s? Creation is complete, whole, eternal and infinite. There is no way to take something from it. Consider this idea together and see what else comes to thought!


PYCL #9: 9th Commandment.

Here we are told not to “bear false witness”. This is a great one for this Bible lesson. We are to “bear witness” to God’s creation alone. We are to recognize the dream nature of physical limitation, mishap, and chance. The more we are aware and rejoice in the Creator’s presence and goodness, the more we feel the presence of that goodness, truth, and honesty.

If we want to see and experience the vastness of creation, for example, then we might want to look for abundance and express our gratitude for it at every turn rather than constantly indulge in thoughts of lack and fear. This kind of practiced gratitude literally opens the doors of consciousness so that we can share in the infinitude of the divine Consciousness.


PYCL #10: 10th Commandment.

We never need to covet! God’s creation is infinite and it is impartial in its distribution of good. It blesses all. When we feel left out, lacking, or overlooked, it is our opportunity to dig deep and begin our journey to peer behind the mortal “curtain”, or veil, that appears to obscure our native, God-given (created), abundance.

God causes only good. When things look like they are bad, that’s material sense obscuring the truth/Truth. Just as with the young boy healed in Section 3 (cit. 14/Luke 9:38-43). Jesus didn’t take him from a messed-up mortal to a well one. He tore away the veil of materiality that obscured our view of the boy’s wholeness. This healing view shows us divine creation, which is complete, and harmonious.


Have a ton of fun in Sunday School this week!

 

[Warren’s P.S.– Click here for other fun ways to think about and pledge to daily internalize the healing mindset and power of each of the 10 Commandments.

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