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I was born and live the greater part of my life in a New England...
I was born and live the greater part of my life in a New England city within an hour's ride of Boston, and was in urgent need of the healing truth revealed in Christian Science; yet not until I had made my home in California did I sufficiently lose the antagonism for what I believed Christian Science to be, to allow myself to make an investigation of its teachings. At that time I had nearly lost faith in everything. I was suffering from a so-called incurable organic trouble of fifteen years' standing, from the effects of a nervous breakdown, and from many minor ills. I was also much discouraged, since the medicine which I took for one ailment seemed to aggravate another. For eight years I had been obliged to wear glasses for a structural defect of the eye, and I was told by the oculist that I would never be able to get along without them. For many years I had been without faith in God as being of any use to humanity, and circumstances had been such that my faith in human nature was nearly destroyed. I was unhappy and without any object in life.
Christian Science has completely reversed all these conditions. I have been healed of the organic disorder, of the eye trouble, and of many other physical ailments. I have learned that God is divine Love, and that He, as Mrs. Eddy says, "always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494). I have found that it is not necessary for me to have faith in human nature, but that I must have faith in man as God made him, or I prove that I have no faith in God, since man has no being which is underived from God. I am no longer without an object in life, for I have the same aim which every Christian Scientist has,—to prove the omnipotence of good and the unreality of evil through the overcoming of evil.
I am indeed grateful for this revolution in my thought and for its attendant results, but I find that some of the most helpful experiences which I have had in Christian Science have been along the line of my work. These have been the experiences which have done the most to change my standpoint of thinking from a material to a spiritual basis, to teach me that God is the only self-existence and that man has no separate existence of his own. I remember that when I first became interested in Christian Science, whenever I heard any one mention how much this teaching helped him in his work, I had a feeling of disappointment to think that I did not need the help along that line. I am grateful, therefore, that in this very direction where I least realized my need, where I had the greatest feeling of self-confidence and the least feeling of dependence on God, I have been obliged to prove over and over again that although "with God all things are possible," yet without Him we "can do nothing."
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"The only sufferer"
HON. CLARENCE A. BUSKIRK
Within the Ark
AMY C. FARISS
The Coming of Our Lord
IGERNA B. J. SOLLAS
The Armor of Forgiveness
CASSIUS M. LOOMIS
MANA WILLIS FISHER
GUSTAVUS S. PAINE
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Judge Clifford P. Smith
In a recent issue of your paper, I note that a critic asks...
Algernon Hervey Bathurst
The opinion was expressed in a recent issue of the News...
Paul Stark Seeley
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John W. Doorly
As one of those who have been brought from the depths of...
Charles E. Jarvis
In an article in a recent issue a clergyman proceeds to...
William D. Kilpatrick
By "Key to the Scriptures" Dr. — evidently means the...
Readers in Branch Churches
The Christian Science Board of Directors
More Relief Needed
A Practical Christmas
Persecution and Blessedness
Annie M. Knott
Brotherhood and Civilization
John B. Willis
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I am glad to testify to the healing of one of my grand-children...
Ellen A. Lock with contributions from Harry G. Lock
Since childhood I had much trouble with my ankles, the...
Ella H. Cubbison
In 1908 I began to have kidney trouble
I. Winifred MacIntosh
I am glad to send in my testimony, for I and my family...
Some time ago my little girl, aged six years, was taken ill...
S. T. McNicholl
GEORGE H. BURCHARD
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