"God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in...

"God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." The foregoing statement from the first epistle of John was to me for many years a meaningless though well-sounding phrase, without any possibility of practical application. It seemed impossible to dwell in love while being cognizant of the many forms of discord which sooner or later threaten every human being. Many other Scriptural phrases from Genesis to Revelation were relegated to the class of humanly useless expressions, until finally the Bible seemed a self-contradictory, mystifying record of inconsistencies, and therefore of no practical use, other than possibly to support a blind faith in a far-off God. The temptation to abandon all belief in God was not entertained; I chose rather to continue my search for a God whom I could conscientiously worship as omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, yet who was not the author of the suffering which seemed to abound everywhere.

I had heard of Christian Science some eight years prior to this, but being much prejudiced, I gathered from the first discussion of the subject with a non-Scientist that it was merely another ism based wholly on mental science and arbitrarily linked to the operations of God. Nevertheless, the feature of healing, which I did not doubt, impressed me as worthy of consideration, and I concluded that later on I might look into the subject for the purpose of securing information only, in connection with my interest in the general subject of psychology.

January 26, 1918

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