In giving my testimony I must be numbered among...

In giving my testimony I must be numbered among those who did not come to Christian Science for physical healing, but who through earnest and unprejudiced investigation have found Christian Science to be the truth. Having been reared by parents who had outgrown creeds and dogmas, I was never allowed to join any church, although I had been taught to read the Bible, and consequently was free mentally to roam at will. Being of a serious turn of mind, my daily argument, almost from childhood, "was, "Surely there must be a fact, a truth, regarding myself, this world, the universe, and my fellowbeings! Can all these things exist without a supreme governing power, and is it possible that this power or intelligence can be aught but good?" The next query was always, "Where and how can I find this power?" During many weary years of mental research my one grain of comfort was found in a few words from an old hymn, a mere remnant of childhood's recollections—"I have a Father, a kind heavenly Father."

For ten years I studied so-called mental science, occultism, mysticism, Vedantic philosophy, etc., anything and everything that presented itself to my attention, except spiritualism, which my parents spent much time and money investigating, with not very satisfying results. The multitude of isms and philosophies which I tried to digest simply made me more and more confused, restless, impatient, and naturally resulted in irritability and nervousness. I thought that truth, in order to be truth, must necessarily include everything, and that in some inconceivable manner I must master all these different things, and thereby attain spiritual illumination. I did not realize that only two and two are four, that two and three, or two and five, etc., can never be four. I did not see that truth must be one, not a multitude of ideas; that there is only one Principle and idea, although expressed in multitudinous forms of harmony.

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