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Marriage: A Progressive Institution

From the August 1971 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It is true that Christ Jesus said, "They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage." But this does not mean that he dismissed matrimony as unnecessary or undesirable as a human institution. On the contrary, he prefaced this statement by saying, "The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage."Luke 20:34, 35;

Jesus not only recognized the place of marriage in a world whose inhabitants have not yet risen to the heights of spiritual understanding that makes them "as the angels which are in heaven,"Mark 12:25; but he also insisted on strict fidelity to the marriage covenant. He condemned immorality not only in its many aspects of dishonesty, inhumanity, deceit, self-will, self-justification, and hatred but also in the form of haphazard relationships between the sexes, adultery, and divorce on grounds other than fornication.

His words were uncompromising, but Jesus knew that a necessary step in the emergence of mankind from mortality into the heaven of spiritual understanding is obedience to the moral law, which he himself fulfilled. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."John 14:6;

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