"To whom shall we go?"

In the sixth chapter of John's gospel we find it recorded that many of the disciples of Jesus "went back, and walked no more with him," and that when Jesus asked of the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" Simon Peter replied, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"

There are many pathways leading toward truth, even though there be but one truth, and one of the most beneficent teachings of Christian Science is that which rebukes arrogance and makes us mindful of the fact that the order of our own entrance into truth is not to be forced upon our brother. Truth can be reached by any one of three processes, —first, the inspirational, by which it is realized without the intervening footsteps; second, by daily experience, which brings us nearer and nearer to the goal; third, by the process of elimination, which through many years of hard experience finally reaches a conviction of the utter uselessness of material means of salvation. The last method might be considered of the lowest order, and yet when one has been brought from sickness to health through Christian Science, after having exhausted every remedy offered by the schools of medicine, this fact furnishes an additional safeguard when trials come and for the moment faith refuses to look upward.

From childhood to middle age, the writer suffered from a throat trouble in its most aggravated form, both sides of the throat being affected every winter, with three weeks or more of most intense suffering. It is needless to say that no alleged remedy was left untried, externally, internally, and as it seemed eternally. With the exception of infrequent trifling recurrences the cure was complete in Christian Science, and if asked the question, "Will ye also go away?" with the memory of drugs and gargles he could give but one answer, "To whom shall we go?" Christian Scientists do not rest their faith upon the fact of having experimented with and found futile all of the error in the world, but having gone through some of the experiences of human methods and found their utter uselessness in time of need, they do look forward, confident in the power of divine Love to heal any ill that may beset them, and rejoicing that they do not have to add to their troubles and suffering by longer experimentation with drugs and lotions.

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May 22, 1915

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