The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Question: Why is it important to protect marriage anyway, when so many people seem to be divorced these days?
Answer: Until we arrive at the point where we truly understand that we are all “wedded” to God, marriage is necessary to protect families where they exist. Mary Baker Eddy defines it simply:
“Marriage is the legal and moral provision for generation among human kind.” (S&H 56)
That statement is from the chapter titled “Marriage” in our textbook. In it, she gives both practical advice and spiritual uplift to the subject of our relationship to our family and to God. Some day you should read that chapter in full. Another statement reads:
“Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to
woman, strength to man, and a center for the affections. This, however, in a majority of cases, is not its present tendency, and why? Because the education of the higher nature is neglected, and
other considerations, — passion, frivolous amusements, personal adornment, display, and pride, — occupy thought.” (S&H 60)
In that same chapter, Mrs. Eddy also writes:
“Marriage should signify a union of hearts.” (S&H 64)
Referring to marriage in another book, she says:
“To be normal, it must be a union of the affections that tends to lift mortals higher.” (Mis. 52)
Practice: Although you may be far from the time that you will choose a marriage partner, you can improve your present relationships by making sure you choose friends who tend to lift you up higher by their own good character.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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