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03:21 pm: The Importance of Virtue: Introduction to an Examination of Our Modern World in Light of the Ten Com

This post has been divided into two. The other half of the original post can be found here:

This is a Last Crusade post. If you are not familiar with the Last Crusade, you can find out more here and here.

Part of the purpose of the Last Crusade is to hold up as fine and valuable again some of the things that have been abandoned by our society, including morality. Morality used to be a standard that people sought to live up to. They might stray. They might fall down, but they held up a high standard toward which they strived.

Today, however, morality is mocked and derided. It is part of the desire of the Last Crusade to pick this fallen standard out of the mud of modernity and set it upright again, clean and glorious for all to see.

Recently, I came upon the following quote. In Science and Health: with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes: To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral  law should be taken into account and the error be rebuked. (, pg. 392:4-5 ) This led me to the thought: What might I be accepting as moral that, in Mrs. Eddy’s time, would have been considered a sin?

This thought led to several conversations and these coversations led to this series of articles.

The more I thought about the question of morality today verses morality in Christiandom–as the West was once known–the more I was startled by the difference between what we accept today and what might have been acceptable in the past. Some changes are obvious and come easily to mind, but others were more subtle, changes in our general approval or disapproval of certain topics that most of us probably do not even realize has changed.

So, in a series of upcoming posts, I hope to examine the Ten Commandments and which aspects of each commandment might have been overlooked by our modern outlook.

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Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)

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From:asher63
Date:April 23rd, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
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My father was raised Christian Scientist, but I don't think I've had contact with anyone who was a practicing member of the church. I will be following with interest.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 23rd, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
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It's very possible that these ideas could be useful to anyone...but I wanted to write it from a Christian Science point of view...as I am addressing some questions that some friends and I have been mulling over.

;-)
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From:reziac
Date:April 23rd, 2017 09:20 pm (UTC)
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That will be interesting, especially taking the original language and intent into consideration.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 23rd, 2017 10:29 pm (UTC)
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My hope is to examine places where we modern people are accepting ideas that might not be in accord with God's Will that we might not have noticed.

I'm going to try to do it from the point of view of personal conscience...not from, say, a political point of view.

(Example: Christian Scientists do not smoke...discussing why would be a totally different subject from discussing whether or not smoking should be allowed by law. -- Smoking is not something I intended to talk about. lol...just an example.)


Edited at 2017-04-23 10:30 pm (UTC)
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 27th, 2017 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Sabbath-keeping attitudes are different, for sure.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 8th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
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It was thinking about the Sabbath commandment that got me started on this line of reasoning.
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