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56:1When our great Teacher came to him for baptism, John was astounded. Reading his thoughts, Jesus 3added: “Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” Jesus’ concessions (in certain cases) to material methods were for the advancement of 6spiritual good.
Marriage is the legal and moral provision for genera‐tion among human kind. Until the spiritual creation
9Marriage temporalis discerned intact, is
apprehended and under‐stood, and His kingdom is come as in the vision of the Apocalypse, — where the corporeal sense of crea‐12tion was cast out, and its spiritual sense was revealed from heaven, — marriage will continue, subject to such moral regulations as will secure increasing virtue.
15 Infidelity to the marriage covenant is the social scourge of all races, “the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Fidelity required. . . the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” 18The commandment, “Thou shalt not com‐mit adultery,” is no less imperative than the one, “Thou shalt not kill.”57
Union of the masculine and feminine qualities consti‐tutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a 6Mental elementshigher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains cour‐age and strength through masculine qualities. These 9different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong. The attrac‐12tion between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring.
15 Beauty, wealth, or fame is incompetent to meet the demands of the affections, and should never weigh Affection’s demandsagainst the better claims of intellect, good‐18ness, and virtue. Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to 21share it.
Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return. Love enriches the nature, en‐24Help and disciplinelarging, purifying, and elevating it. The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affec‐tion, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance 27of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for 30heaven.
Marriage is unblest or blest, according to the disap‐pointments it involves or the hopes it fulfils. To happify 58 58:1existence by constant intercourse with those adapted to elevate it, should be the motive of society. Unity of 3spirit gives new pinions to joy, or else joy’s drooping wings trail in dust.
Ill-arranged notes produce discord. Tones of the 6human mind may be different, but they should be con‐Chord and discordcordant in order to blend properly. Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — 9these constituents of thought, mingling, constitute in‐dividually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.
12 There is moral freedom in Soul. Never contract the horizon of a worthy outlook by the selfish exaction of Mutual freedomall another’s time and thoughts. With ad‐15ditional joys, benevolence should grow more diffusive. The narrowness and jealousy, which would confine a wife or a husband forever within four walls, will 18not promote the sweet interchange of confidence and love; but on the other hand, a wandering desire for incessant amusement outside the home circle is a poor augury for 21the happiness of wedlock. Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the bound‐ary, of the affections.
24 Said the peasant bride to her lover: “Two eat no more together than they eat separately.” This is a hint that A useful suggestiona wife ought not to court vulgar extravagance 27or stupid ease, because another supplies her wants. Wealth may obviate the necessity for toil or the chance for ill-nature in the marriage relation, but noth‐30ing can abolish the cares of marriage.
“She that is married careth . . . how she may please her husband,” says the Bible; and this is the pleasantest 59 59:1thing to do. Matrimony should never be entered into without a full recognition of its enduring obligations on 3Differing dutiesboth sides. There should be the most tender solicitude for each other’s happiness, and mu‐tual attention and approbation should wait on all the years 6of married life.
Mutual compromises will often maintain a compact which might otherwise become unbearable. Man should 9not be required to participate in all the annoyances and cares of domestic economy, nor should woman be ex‐pected to understand political economy. Fulfilling the 12different demands of their united spheres, their sympa‐thies should blend in sweet confidence and cheer, each partner sustaining the other, — thus hallowing the union 15of interests and affections, in which the heart finds peace and home.
Tender words and unselfish care in what promotes the 18welfare and happiness of your wife will prove more salutary Trysting renewedin prolonging her health and smiles than stolid indifference or jealousy. Husbands, hear this 21and remember how slight a word or deed may renew the old trysting-times.
27 The nuptial vow should never be annulled, so long as its moral obligations are kept intact; but the frequency Permanent obligationof divorce shows that the sacredness of this re‐30lationship is losing its influence, and that fatal mistakes are undermining its foundations. Separation never should take place, and it never would, if both 60 60:1husband and wife were genuine Christian Scientists. Science inevitably lifts one’s being higher in the scale of 3harmony and happiness.
Kindred tastes, motives, and aspirations are necessary to the formation of a happy and permanent companion‐6Permanent affectionship. The beautiful in character is also the good, welding indissolubly the links of affec‐tion. A mother’s affection cannot be weaned from her 9child, because the mother-love includes purity and con‐stancy, both of which are immortal. Therefore maternal affection lives on under whatever difficulties.
Marriage should improve the human species, becoming a barrier against vice, a protection to woman, strength to 18Centre for affectionsman, and a centre for the affections. This, however, in a majority of cases, is not its present tendency, and why? Because the education of 21the higher nature is neglected, and other considerations, — passion, frivolous amusements, personal adornment, display, and pride, — occupy thought.
24 An ill-attuned ear calls discord harmony, not appreciat‐ing concord. So physical sense, not discerning the true Spiritual concordhappiness of being, places it on a false basis. 27Science will correct the discord, and teach us life’s sweeter harmonies.
Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, 30and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal 61 61:1man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real 3enjoyment.
The good in human affections must have ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal, or happi‐6Ascendency of goodness will never be won. The attainment of this celestial condition would improve our progeny, diminish crime, and give higher aims to ambi‐9tion. Every valley of sin must be exalted, and every mountain of selfishness be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science. The offspring 12of heavenly-minded parents inherit more intellect, better balanced minds, and sounder constitutions.
If some fortuitous circumstance places promising chil‐15dren in the arms of gross parents, often these beautiful Propensities inheritedchildren early droop and die, like tropical flowers born amid Alpine snows. If perchance 18they live to become parents in their turn, they may re‐produce in their own helpless little ones the grosser traits of their ancestors. What hope of happiness, what noble 21ambition, can inspire the child who inherits propensities that must either be overcome or reduce him to a loath‐some wreck?
24 Is not the propagation of the human species a greater responsibility, a more solemn charge, than the culture of your garden or the raising of stock to increase your flocks 27and herds? Nothing unworthy of perpetuity should be transmitted to children.
The formation of mortals must greatly improve to 30advance mankind. The scientific morale of marriage is spiritual unity. If the propagation of a higher human species is requisite to reach this goal, then its material con‐6262:1ditions can only be permitted for the purpose of gener‐ating. The fœtus must be kept mentally pure and the 3period of gestation have the sanctity of virginity.
The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, 6with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.
If parents create in their babes a desire for incessant 9amusement, to be always fed, rocked, tossed, or talked Inheritance heededto, those parents should not, in after years, complain of their children’s fretfulness or fri‐12volity, which the parents themselves have occasioned. Taking less “thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink”; less thought “for your body what 15ye shall put on,” will do much more for the health of the rising generation than you dream. Children should be allowed to remain children in knowledge, and should 18become men and women only through growth in the understanding of man’s higher nature.
We must not attribute more and more intelligence 21to matter, but less and less, if we would be wise and The Mind creativehealthy. The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human 24body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal inter‐fere with God’s government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.
27 The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Superior law of SoulOur false views of life hide eternal harmony, 30and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and 63 63:1the superior law of Soul last. You would never think that flannel was better for warding off pulmonary disease 3than the controlling Mind, if you understood the Science of being.
In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beauti‐6ful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is Spiritual originnot, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior 9to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ulti‐mate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being.
12 Civil law establishes very unfair differences between the rights of the two sexes. Christian Science furnishes no The rights of womanprecedent for such injustice, and civilization 15mitigates it in some measure. Still, it is a marvel why usage should accord woman less rights than does either Christian Science or civilization.
18 Our laws are not impartial, to say the least, in their discrimination as to the person, property, and parental Unfair discriminationclaims of the two sexes. If the elective fran‐21chise for women will remedy the evil with‐out encouraging difficulties of greater magnitude, let us hope it will be granted. A feasible as well as rational 24means of improvement at present is the elevation of society in general and the achievement of a nobler race for legislation, — a race having higher aims and 27motives.
If a dissolute husband deserts his wife, certainly the wronged, and perchance impoverished, woman should be 30allowed to collect her own wages, enter into business agreements, hold real estate, deposit funds, and own her children free from interference.64
64:1 Want of uniform justice is a crying evil caused by the selfishness and inhumanity of man. Our forefathers 3exercised their faith in the direction taught by the Apostle James, when he said: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and 6widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Pride, envy, or jealousy seems on most occasions to 9be the master of ceremonies, ruling out primitive Chris‐Benevolence hinderedtianity. When a man lends a helping hand to some noble woman, struggling alone with 12adversity, his wife should not say, “It is never well to interfere with your neighbor’s business.” A wife is sometimes debarred by a covetous domestic tyrant from 15giving the ready aid her sympathy and charity would afford.
Marriage should signify a union of hearts. Further‐18more, the time cometh of which Jesus spake, when he Progressive developmentdeclared that in the resurrection there should be no more marrying nor giving in marriage, 21but man would be as the angels. Then shall Soul re‐joice in its own, in which passion has no part. Then white-robed purity will unite in one person masculine wis‐24dom and feminine love, spiritual understanding and per‐petual peace.
Until it is learned that God is the Father of all, mar‐27riage will continue. Let not mortals permit a disregard of law which might lead to a worse state of society than now exists. Honesty and virtue ensure the stability of 30the marriage covenant. Spirit will ultimately claim its own, — all that really is, — and the voices of physical sense will be forever hushed.65
65:1 Experience should be the school of virtue, and human happiness should proceed from man’s highest nature. 3Blessing of ChristMay Christ, Truth, be present at every bridal altar to turn the water into wine and to give to human life an inspiration by which man’s spiritual and 6eternal existence may be discerned.
If the foundations of human affection are consistent with progress, they will be strong and enduring. Divorces 9Righteous foundationsshould warn the age of some fundamental error in the marriage state. The union of the sexes suffers fearful discord. To gain Christian Science and its 12harmony, life should be more metaphysically regarded.
The broadcast powers of evil so conspicuous to-day show themselves in the materialism and sensualism of 15Powerless promisesthe age, struggling against the advancing spiritual era. Beholding the world’s lack of Christianity and the powerlessness of vows to make home 18happy, the human mind will at length demand a higher affection.
There will ensue a fermentation over this as over many 21other reforms, until we get at last the clear straining of Transition and reformtruth, and impurity and error are left among the lees. The fermentation even of fluids is 24not pleasant. An unsettled, transitional stage is never desirable on its own account. Matrimony, which was once a fixed fact among us, must lose its present slippery foot‐27ing, and man must find permanence and peace in a more spiritual adherence.66
6 Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not Salutary sorrowhalf remember this in the sunshine of joy 9and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God’s care. Spiritual development germi‐12nates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each suc‐15cessive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
Amidst gratitude for conjugal felicity, it is well to re‐18member how fleeting are human joys. Amidst conjugal infelicity, it is well to hope, pray, and wait patiently on divine wisdom to point out the path.
21 Husbands and wives should never separate if there is no Christian demand for it. It is better to await the Patience is wisdomlogic of events than for a wife precipitately 24to leave her husband or for a husband to leave his wife. If one is better than the other, as must always be the case, the other pre-eminently needs good 27company. Socrates considered patience salutary under such circumstances, making his Xantippe a discipline for his philosophy.
30The gold and dross Sorrow has its reward. It never leaves us where it found us. The furnace separates the gold from the dross that the precious metal may 67 67:1be graven with the image of God. The cup our Father hath given, shall we not drink it and learn the lessons 3He teaches?
When the ocean is stirred by a storm, then the clouds lower, the wind shrieks through the tightened shrouds, 6Weathering the stormand the waves lift themselves into mountains. We ask the helmsman: “Do you know your course? Can you steer safely amid the storm?” He 9answers bravely, but even the dauntless seaman is not sure of his safety; nautical science is not equal to the Science of Mind. Yet, acting up to his highest under‐12standing, firm at the post of duty, the mariner works on and awaits the issue. Thus should we deport ourselves on the seething ocean of sorrow. Hoping and work‐15ing, one should stick to the wreck, until an irresistible propulsion precipitates his doom or sunshine gladdens the troubled sea.
18 The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we Spiritual powerremember that through spiritual ascendency 21our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other 24means and methods.
The lack of spiritual power in the limited demonstration of popular Christianity does not put to silence the labor 27of centuries. Spiritual, not corporeal, consciousness is needed. Man delivered from sin, disease, and death presents the true likeness or spiritual ideal.
30 Systems of religion and medicine treat of physical pains and pleasures, but Jesus rebuked the suffering from any such cause or effect. The epoch approaches when the 68 68:1understanding of the truth of being will be the basis of true religion. At present mortals progress slowly for 3Basis of true religionfear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense. Some‐time we shall learn how Spirit, the great architect, has 6created men and women in Science. We ought to weary of the fleeting and false and to cherish nothing which hinders our highest selfhood.
9 Jealousy is the grave of affection. The presence of mistrust, where confidence is due, withers the flowers of Eden and scatters love’s petals to decay. Be not 12in haste to take the vow “until death do us part.” Consider its obligations, its responsibilities, its rela‐tions to your growth and to your influence on other 15lives.
I never knew more than one individual who believed in agamogenesis; she was unmarried, a lovely charac‐18Insanity and agamogenesister, was suffering from incipient insanity, and a Christian Scientist cured her. I have named her case to individuals, when casting my bread upon 21the waters, and it may have caused the good to ponder and the evil to hatch their silly innuendoes and lies, since salutary causes sometimes incur these effects. The per‐24petuation of the floral species by bud or cell-division is evident, but I discredit the belief that agamogenesis applies to the human species.
27 Christian Science presents unfoldment, not accretion; it manifests no material growth from molecule to mind, God’s creation intactbut an impartation of the divine Mind to man 30and the universe. Proportionately as human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal, har‐monious being will be spiritually discerned; and man, 69 69:1not of the earth earthly but coexistent with God, will appear. The scientific fact that man and the universe 3are evolved from Spirit, and so are spiritual, is as fixed in divine Science as is the proof that mortals gain the sense of health only as they lose the sense of sin and disease. 6Mortals can never understand God’s creation while believ‐ing that man is a creator. God’s children already created will be cognized only as man finds the truth of being. 9Thus it is that the real, ideal man appears in proportion as the false and material disappears. No longer to marry or to be “given in marriage” neither closes man’s con‐12tinuity nor his sense of increasing number in God’s in‐finite plan. Spiritually to understand that there is but one creator, God, unfolds all creation, confirms the Scrip‐15tures, brings the sweet assurance of no parting, no pain, and of man deathless and perfect and eternal.
If Christian Scientists educate their own offspring 18spiritually, they can educate others spiritually and not conflict with the scientific sense of God’s creation. Some day the child will ask his parent: “Do you keep the First 21Commandment? Do you have one God and creator, or is man a creator?” If the father replies, “God creates man through man,” the child may ask, “Do you teach 24that Spirit creates materially, or do you declare that Spirit is infinite, therefore matter is out of the ques‐tion?” Jesus said, “The children of this world marry, 27and are given in marriage: But they which shall be ac‐counted worthy to obtain that world, and the resur‐rection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in 30marriage.”