The Seventh Commandment – Q&A #7

The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”

Question: If God made us “male and female,” why do we need to marry in order to feel complete?

Answer: Marriage provides legal and moral protection for couples wanting children or a family life together. But, we do not have to get married to feel complete, if we choose not to, as long as we maintain pure moral standards. Jesus did not marry, and did not require others to do so. Mary Baker Eddy remarks:

“The time cometh of which Jesus spake, when he declared that in the resurrection there should be no more marrying nor giving in marriage, but man would be as the angels . . . Then white-robed purity will unite in one person masculine wisdom and feminine love, spiritual understanding
and perpetual peace.” (S&H 64)

Until that time of spiritual awakening, we can still claim both male and female qualities. This might be demonstrated in our life by a marriage partner who brings those qualities to the marriage, or we may express those qualities ourselves, whether single or married:

“The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the
feminine mind gains courage
and strength through masculine qualities. These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong. The attraction between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring.”  (S&H 57)

Practice: Make a list of the qualities you would like to have in a friend. Try to express those qualities yourself today.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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7th - #7


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