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The freedom of morality
What do you think of when you hear the words "morality" or "immorality"? At one time I thought these terms applied only to sex. I generally defined morality as abstention from premarital and extramarital sex, and immorality as the exact opposite. The moral person, as I saw it, enjoyed a constant but passive state of "goodness." The immoral person was actively evil or "bad." I didn't realize just how narrow and therefore inaccurate these definitions were until I unexpectedly found myself living right in the middle of a less-than-moral atmosphere.
In the Christian Science textbook Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded this Science, writes, "Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 452; I was a college freshman living with five female floormates. One swore profusely and continuously; another ate in a similar manner; the third girl smoked a pipe—to keep herself from eating—and slept with her boyfriend every weekend. One base thought led to another, and within weeks we were all swearing, we were all eating too much, and—thanks to paper-thin walls—I felt as though I was a captive audience to the goings-on in the next room. Very soon all six of us became irritable, catty, and disagreeable to live with.
Each of us had neglected to uphold her God-given integrity and the standards that evidence that integrity. Instead, we had all fallen prey to magnetic human cravings: stimulants—alcohol, tobacco, or food; lust—unbridled sex; and personal sense—hurt feelings, emotionalism, frustration, oversensitiveness.
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The freedom of morality
AMY E. DUNBAR
Claiming our divine nature and manhood
MARCYNE J. RILEY
Who's in charge here?
BRIAN D. WRIGHT
Love restores normal heart action
CLARICE EDITH BERGER
Plateaus on the upward path
DIANE STAUNTON STAPLES
Proving man's present spirituality
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
Have your questions been answered?
NATHAN A. TALBOT
Good night, sleep tight!
Carol Vandervoort Scott
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CHRISTINE JANETTE WILKINS
In 1939 I became a member of The Mother Church, and during...
RUTH LUCILLE JOHNSON