Bad Habits Outgrown

Early experiences in our work in coming into Christian Science are helpful. Looking back at the conditions of belief and fear that we have come out of, gives occasion for thankfulness to the Giver of all good gifts.

After seeing the practical healing of physical disease by Christian Science, and the happy, contented lives of the Christian Scientists, I started to study "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" with a desire for a better life. Starting as earnestly and honestly as I knew how, I began to put into practice its teachings, and after a short time I began to look over my past life and to examine myself to see if any results had been attained. I was amazed to see what conditions I had come out of; one illustration will explain my meaning. Having been subject to the tobacco habit for over twenty years, being an inveterate smoker of strong cigars, I wondered exceedingly where the desire for a smoke had gone to. I learned later that it was only a mortal belief of appetite that had held me in bondage. This was over six years ago, and from my first start in reading the text-book, Science and Health, I never have had the slightest desire to indulge in a smoke or take a chew of tobacco.

I realized that my prayers had been answered, for old things had passed away and new things had appeared that were more of a reality than my old beliefs. This new birth in the Truth has continued, and the old conditions of thought—envy, jealousy, malice, hate, revenge, selfishness, and all the characteristics that control mortals and lead them to indulge in wrong doing—are passing away.

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Testimony of Healing
Deafness Healed
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