Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   I hereby state, in unmistakable language, the following
statute in the morale of Christian Science: -
   A man or woman, having voluntarily entered into
wedlock, and accepted the claims of the marriage covenant,
is held in Christian Science as morally bound to
fulfil all the claims growing out of this contract, unless
such claims are relinquished by mutual consent of both
parties, or this contract is legally dissolved.  If the man
is dominant over the animal, he will count the consequences
of his own conduct; will consider the effects,
on himself and his progeny, of selfishness, unmercifulness,
tyranny, or lust.
   Trust Truth, not error; and Truth will give you all
that belongs to the rights of freedom.  The Hebrew bard

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wrote, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean
not unto thine own understanding."  Nothing is gained
by wrong-doing.  St. Paul's words take in the situation:
"Not . . . (as we be slanderously reported, and as some
affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come?
whose damnation is just."
   When causing others to go astray, we also are
wanderers.  "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured
to you again."  Ask yourself:  Under the same
circumstances, in the same spiritual ignorance and power
of passion, would I be strengthened by having my best
friend break troth with me?  These words of St. Matthew
have special application to Christian Scientists; namely,
"It is not good to marry."
   To build on selfishness is to build on sand.  When
Jesus received the material rite of water baptism, he did
not say that it was God's command; but implied that
the period demanded it.  Trials purify mortals and deliver
them from themselves, - all the claims of sensuality.
Abide by the morale of absolute Christian Science, -
self-abnegation and purity; then Truth delivers you from
the seeming power of error, and faith vested in righteousness

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