Prosperity’s Ten Commandments

Published December 2, 2014 by

Honoring the Letter of the Law vs. the Spirit of the Lawslime

The ninth commandment condemns bearing false witness against one’s neighbor, but West expands the meaning and application of this commandment.  Discrediting our neighbor immediately reflects back on us because it is impossible to sling slime at another without first handling it ourselves. And since my brother is myself, I am also discrediting myself and denying the gift of God within each of us.

The letter of the law requires that we not speak an untruth nor intentionally deceive others.  But the spirit of the law includes giving false impressions by the words and expressions we use.  Neither are we to exaggerate or insinuate the circumstances which we describe in a negative light.  It is all too easy to shade meaning with facial expressions and body language.

It is also a breach of truth when we claim skills, awards, experience and educational excellence which are not ours to claim.  We have become far too familiar with the returned ‘hero’ who has never served in the military, yet claims not just broad experience in Iraq or Afghanistan, but heroic acts as well. Or the ‘medical doctor’ who has never attended medical school.

These are, of course, blatant examples of bearing false witness.  But far more damaging to the spirit and self-confidence of our victim are the innuendo and raised eye brows which suggest immoral or illegal acts.  How long does it take for someone to overcome such attacks?

How easy it is to hurt a child by using hurtful words or criticisms against which they have no defense.  It is bad enough when the arrows thrown at them come from their peers, but it is so much worse when the attacker is a teacher or parent.

If we are to truly honor God as our Creator and the Source of all good, then we must not deny our oneness with our Creator and all of creation by using the power of our words to harm another or mislead anyone.

Why does the Tenth Commandment order us not to covet anything which belongs to another person? Because it refers back to the very First Commandment in which we are told to look to God only.  God is our Source.  God provides all good in abundance in that moment in which we recognize God as our one true Source.  We do not need anything which belongs to another because our good is already assured in its right and perfect form.  Worse still, the covetous heart belittles that which it already has.

Covetousness is another sure way of short-circuiting the spiritual energy on its way to manifestation.*

The covetous heart is focused on outside objects and possessions rather than centering all of one’s awareness upon the deeper truths and the pure longing of our hearts for oneness with God.

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Prosperity’s Ten Commandments by West*

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