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Seventh commandment victory

From the October 1978 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Understanding premarital sex as a form of adultery, I'd thought that perhaps for some the seventh commandment "Thou shalt not commit adultery" Ex. 20:14; might seem difficult to keep. But as a married woman, happy mother, and progressing Christian Scientist, I felt that for me the temptation of committing adultery would be out of the question. My arrogance on this subject was due to receive a rude shock, and I learned a valuable lesson—one that included many lessons.

I suddenly found myself in the situation of being attracted to a man who, with his wife, was a friend of our family. The wife, who was interested in astrology, had (unknown to me) charted both her husband and myself and found that according to astrology a "natural attraction" existed between us. This seed, planted and tended in his consciousness, presented itself to mine when he told me of his attraction to me.

At first I was confident. I knew such an attraction was obviously not in accord with what Christian Science had helped me learn about fidelity. Not only was I learning my completeness as God's perfect child, but I was becoming aware that the manhood and womanhood of God's creating are expressed by all. Though we may think of ourselves as in this human drama, we are in reality the perfect idea, man. Because Mind, or God, is the source of man, man does not know perversion; and as we understand this, we can prove it, so that to stray morally is not inevitable, desirable, or natural.

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