Mine is an experience which positively cannot come to any...

Mine is an experience which positively cannot come to any except to those who have lost their sense of beauty in materialism. To the man who says that for him the great question of all questions is answered by Darwin's theory, or by Spencer's synthetic philosophy, or by his own pet notion of what constitutes his true relation to God, the Father, it is an experience which will be pronounced either a mere humbug and fraud, or an honest but mistaken conception of cause and effect.

In the first place, I should like to say (speaking to the non-Christian Scientist, but to him who is not content with his present belief in God) that my experience, from the Christian Science standpoint, effectually disposes of the oft-repeated and confident statement that Christian Science is all very well for "nervous diseases," but that for organic diseases it is useless. The idea that God's arm is shortened does not hold in Christian Science.

My trouble was spoken of by the dental surgeons as a "fistula in antrum." It arose more than a dozen years ago, when I was about twenty-one years old, and in good health. It made its appearance upon the pulling of a badly uncerated tooth in my upper jaw, a molar. Every day during all the years, until I was healed, a teaspoonful to a tablespoonful of pus would form in the antrum cavity which I ejected either from the nostril or my mouth. My only method of relieving the intolerable nuisance and frequent painful spells was to use a wash of any one of a couple of dozen different solutions, by means of a dental syringe. I kept one at home and one at the office. The fact that I was a salaried man, and that the case was one which for such men at least, the ordinary dentist did not care to handle, resulted in my being shuttled around from one dentist to another, each one making a vague sort of a statement that he thought So-and-so could help me, or to come in again. Once in a while I would find a man who would consent to treat it for a while, for they all seemed afraid to operate upon the cavity. Some three or four years ago I had a short but expensive experience with two of New York's specialists in dentistry. Consultations were five and ten dollars each, and the advice of one was that in a few months the trouble would disappear, and of the other that probably it never would disappear. I remember that I worked a long time considering which one of the specialists I ought to side with.

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Testimony of Healing
I should like to have the Field know what Christian Science...
July 18, 1903

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