Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Question: What are “passions” and “appetites”?
Answer: Like “meekness and temperance,” the above two words are often linked together.
They are the opposites of meekness and temperance. Passions refer to very strong emotions or feelings. Appetites are strong cravings, or desires, for things we think will bring us great physical pleasure.
Once we become addicted to certain appetites, it can seem very hard to break away from them. Christian Science teaches that we must work hard to avoid becoming slaves to appetites and
passions. We want to stay meek!
“Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood.” (S&H 407)
“Passions and appetites must end in pain . . . Their supposed joys are cheats.” (S&H 536)
“Feasting the senses, gratification of appetite and passion, have no warrant in the gospel or the
Decalogue.” (Ret. 65)
“Passion, depraved appetites . . . ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.” (S&H 188)
Practice: Can you think of some of the “passions and appetites” that might be harmful to young people? Talk about ways to avoid developing these habits.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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