For a good many years of my life I was a member of an...

For a good many years of my life I was a member of an orthodox church, an officer and worker in it, until I could no longer possibly affiliate with it because of the doctrines which it taught.

My first disappointment with its teachings was when I came to see that what it, as well as most of the other theological creeds, taught of God, was much below my own human conception of what God ought to be, and what I really thought He was. I believed that God must be away above any possible conceptions which I could have of Him, in my material way of thinking. My own father was a minister and a very good man, yet he believed more or less in these doctrines.

As I differed so radically from the churches I very seldom went into them, and when I did so I usually met with the same sad disappointment. As many probably know from their own experiences, my conceptions of God were very hazy. He was to me some very indefinite power located in some very indefinite place, consequently of no possible help to me in any practical way, and if any individual on earth needed such a help, I certainly was that one. I believed in His unlimited power, but did not believe He had anything to do with the human family. I thought that He had simply whirled them off into space to sink or rise as their own individual efforts might dictate.

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Testimony of Healing
I knew nothing of Christian Science until four years ago...
August 6, 1904

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