Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Is Infidelity Inevitable?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Is Infidelity Inevitable?

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IS one really subject to the chance that at some point he or she may fall in love and not be able to avoid having an affair? No! Immoral behavior is never inevitable. In my own life, I have found that we can always choose to obey God and trust Him to strengthen our desire and our ability to do right.

Even though I have been in a strong marriage for many years, there have occasionally been times when I've been tempted to think that my marriage was a mistake. As a Christian Scientist, however, I have found that prayer has always put me back on track. I've been especially grateful for the many Bible passages that have helped me and for ideas I've gleaned from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science.

Several years ago, I felt I was falling in love with a co-worker. He was a wonderful individual with whom I had a great deal in common. At times, some kind of immoral involvement seemed almost inevitable. At other times, when my prayer had made me more aware of God's love and I had made progress in overcoming the confusion, sensuality, and selfishness that were all but overwhelming, such destructive behavior seemed impossible.

One passage that helped me a great deal was from Science and Health. It reads: "There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort." This assured me that as I put God first and did my best to prove His love in my life, there would be no occasion for inappropriate or immoral thinking or actions. As I continued to pray, whenever a possibility for infidelity loomed, the circumstances would change--or I would be impelled, through prayer, to do something that changed them--and the temptation was eliminated.

In the end I was free from the whole situation. But the solution hadn't come from just avoiding the problem or trying to stop loving one personality and to do a better job of loving another. …

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