For more than half a century I blamed an unknown God...

For more than half a century I blamed an unknown God for nearly all my troubles, and my neighbors for the rest, always—or nearly always—exonerating self. For ten years prior to my liberation from bondage I was afflicted with what was diagnosed as catarrh of the stomach and bowels. Different doctors prescribed for me, and at last I went to a distant city to see a noted physician and surgeon. While there I submitted to an operation, but it afforded only temporary relief, and soon I was in as bad condition as ever.

Like many others, I turned to Christian Science for relief as a last resort, and for the physical healing alone. In early youth I was a member of one of the orthodox churches, but as I grew older it failed to satisfy me, and I became a deist, holding to that belief until I began to study the Christian Science text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." At this period my home was anything but a place of harmony. My wife and I were both in ill health, and both had a high temper, on which we placed but little restraint. After we had been reading Science and Health for quite a while, however, trying to decipher its true meaning, I told my wife she was getting better. She said it was I that was getting better ; whereas in fact we were both improving. I then got out the Bible, which had so long been regarded as a dream-book, and in the light of Christian Science found it to be a new book to me.

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