Elevating Marriage

"Come hither," we read in the book of Revelation, "I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife" (21:9). In Science and Health, the Christian Science textbook, Mrs. Eddy refers to these words spoken to John by "one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues." She writes (p. 575): "'Come hither! Arise from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the Lamb's wife,—Love wedded to its own spiritual idea.' Then cometh the marriage feast, for this revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material sense."

The purification process of demonstrating the qualities implied in the statement, "Love wedded to its own spiritual idea," will continue in human consciousness until all men recognize their perfect union with God. Jesus clearly defined man's spiritual unity with the Father when he explained. "In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" (Matt. 22:30).

Until that day, mankind may learn through the study of Christian Science how to develop the true sense of Love, which lifts marriage to a holier status of stability and lasting harmony. The achievement of this goal requires consecrated work and prayer. A happy marriage never just happens, even if it seems that way to the observer. Harmony in any union indicates a yielding of human will, a compassionate heart, an awareness of the needs of another. It demands absolute fidelity to the marriage vows.

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