I had been more or less interested in Christian Science...

I had been more or less interested in Christian Science for a long while, and was glad to discuss it with my Christian Science friends. Finally I said that I would take a copy of Science and Health, which one was ready to lend me, "without prejudice," as lawyers say. I would not agree to read the book, nor was my friend to feel that I committed myself in any way. For years I had doctored for nervous dyspepsia, and being a firm believer in the germ theory of disease I had used a number of "antiseptic" preparations for catarrh. I read Science and Health, notwithstanding the fact that I was in no way committed to do so, and while reading it I dropped my medicines and antiseptics at one time, and once for all. Since then I have eaten heartily of things which I formerly considered indigestible. Occasionally I have thought to "hedge" a little, by eating rather more carefully, but this has not been successful; I have found that after a careful meal I have sometimes had the most marked return of the old trouble, but that if I ate freely at the next meal of food which I once believed it was not possible for me to digest, even with my habitual medicines, I was conscious of very little trouble and sometimes of none. My inference from this is that Christian Science does not need any extraneous aid, being itself the absolute, all-sufficient truth which sets free those who accept it. Neither have I suffered from any "cold," although I have more than once found myself in such circumstances as I once thought likely to bring one on.

I hold physical healing to be a necessary and vital part of the demonstration of Christian Science, but I hold the chief blessing of Christian Science to be in the insight, comfort, and uplift which it gives in spiritual things. I have to thank Christian Science for my clear understanding of these deeper things, and with this understanding I have found my life changing from one of unrest, worry, depression, and ofttimes discouragement, into a life of peace, content, buoyancy, and confidence. I am convinced from my own experience that Christian Science brings about a great simplification of one's daily life, that it is the extinction of a multitude of little habits which serve no purpose save to consume time and strength which can be used to better advantage. Christian Science does not, however, leave any void in place of the treadmill round of existence which it surely and steadily changes into true freedom; there has come to me not only the sense of having much more time to do what I wish, but also a quickening sense of an increasing number of things which I desire to do and which I feel to be distinctly worth the doing.

It seems to me that in no way can we better show our gratitude to our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, for all that she has done and endured in the Cause of Christian Science, than by striving to make all the acts of our daily life manifest Science and true harmony, while we go on from day to day feeling more and more that she is our dear and helpful friend.—Arthur Chamberlain, Salem, Mass.

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Testimony of Healing
To save a sick body I sought Christian Science, but little...
July 8, 1905

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