Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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oston Herald, March 5, 1905]

   The nuptial vow should never be annulled so long as
the morale of marriage is preserved.  The frequency of
divorce shows that the imperative nature of the marriage
relation is losing ground, - hence that some fundamental
error is engrafted on it.  What is this error?
If the motives of human affection are right, the affections
are enduring and achieving.  What God hath joined
together, man cannot sunder.
   Divorce and war should be exterminated according to
the Principle of law and gospel, - the maintenance of
individual rights, the justice of civil codes, and the power
of Truth uplifting the motives of men.  Two commandments
of the Hebrew Decalogue, "Thou shalt not commit
adultery" and "Thou shalt not kill," obeyed, will eliminate
divorce and war.  On what hath not a "Thus saith
the Lord," I am as silent as the dumb centuries without
a living Divina.
   This time-world flutters in my thought as an unreal
shadow, and I can only solace the sore ills of mankind by
a lively battle with "the world, the flesh and the devil,"
in which Love is the liberator and gives man the victory
over himself.  Truth, canonized by life and love, lays
the axe at the root of all evil, lifts the curtain on the
Science of being, the Science of wedlock, of living and of
loving, and harmoniously ascends the scale of life.  Look
high enough, and you see the heart of humanity warming
and winning.  Look long enough, and you see male and
female one - sex or gender eliminated; you see the designation
man meaning woman as well, and you see the

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whole universe included in one infinite Mind and reflected
in the intelligent compound idea, image or likeness, called
man, showing forth the infinite divine Principle, Love,
called God, - man wedded to the Lamb, pledged to innocence,
purity, perfection.  Then shall humanity have
learned that "they which shall be accounted worthy to
obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead,
neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  neither can
they die any more:  for they are equal unto the angels;
and are the children of God."  (Luke 20 : 35, 36.)  This,
therefore, is Christ's plan of salvation from divorce.

       All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
       Whose body nature is, and God the Soul.
                                           - POPE

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