How I was Led to Christian Science

In taking a retrospective glance along the pathway that led me to Christian Science, there are many little beaconlights clearly showing Love's leading. For all this I feel so truly grateful that I hope, through this same guidance, to say something that may shed one gleam of light along some dear one's path in his journey to harmony.

I was taught from early childhood to worship and fear a corporeal God. I can remember, when a very small child, asking questions, and my mother has told me that many times she pretended not to hear because she could not give a satisfactory answer. I doubted the possibility of God being able to hear our prayers at the same time He was listening to the prayers of the people in China. I was never satisfied with the version given me of the story of the forbidden fruit, for even though it were an act of disobedience, it did not seem just that the world throughout all ages should suffer for an offence which any human parent would have overlooked. Thus I reasoned, and was told that after death all the mysteries would be explained.

At the age of twelve, through a desire to obey and follow Jesus, whom I had learned to love, I became a member of the Christian Church, hoping this would bring peace to my troubled thought. But in vain. The old questions kept repeating themselves, until finally, when I had apparently given up almost all thought of God, Bible, or Church, I was asked by my little boy why we had no church as the others had. I could not tell why, but I felt a sense of rebuke. I took immediate steps to unite with a church, simply for a church home for my boy. I felt that if, after all, there should be something in it, I must not be responsible for another having failed to find it. I united with the Congregational Church. Denomination meant nothing to me at that time, for it seemed as if they all had the same purpose in view; namely, seeking to placate God, whose ways were truly unsearchable and past finding out.

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