During His sermon on the mount, Jesus said “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24).
Mammon seems to be an Aramaic word for “riches”. Despite that meaning?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùand perhaps focusing more on the rest of the verse?¢‚Ç¨‚Äùmany members of the Church have interpreted this verse to mean that a person cannot be righteous and sinful at the same time. In other words, for example, a person cannot shop on Sunday (even if it is to purchase a loaf of bread for the sacrament ten minutes after the meting started because one of the teachers forgot or was home sick), without giving service to someone other than God; presumably Satan.
I have two questions.
1) Is this true? Is there no circumstance when one can be seemingly serving two masters?
2) Does keeping the commandments constitute service to God?