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What God Joins Together

From the August 1967 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The marriage ceremony in Christian churches generally includes Christ Jesus' words recorded by Matthew, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." Matt. 19:6; The accepted interpretation of these words is that a human man and woman are joined together by this ceremony. Although the words said by an ordained clergyman constitute a legal marriage, these words do not make a successful marriage.

In the first chapter of Genesis we read, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Gen. 1:27; Since God is Spirit, it is obvious that His image and likeness must be spiritual, not material. Does it not then follow that what God joins together are not human persons but His own qualities and ideas?

Christian Science teaches that God is Father-Mother. Therefore each individual expression of God must reflect in some degree both male and female qualities, and thus be complete within itself. This recognition of completeness and at-one-ment with God takes away the fear of lack of companionship, lack of friends, or lack of attractiveness. When one recognizes his own completeness as an individual manifestation of God, he develops more fully the qualities of God in himself and finds that he attracts those who appreciate these qualities. In turn he is attracted to those expressing the qualities that he recognizes and appreciates as the true expression of God. Thus one learns that Spirit is the only real attraction.