Like a great many others, I had dropped away from the...

Like a great many others, I had dropped away from the religion I had been taught as a child, because I could not believe in the God and heaven I had been told about. I had come to the conclusion that we could not expect to know anything about these matters in this mortal life. I believed in a God, but it was the "unknown God" of whom Paul spoke as the God of the Athenians, a God who could only be worshiped ignorantly. I was in this condition of thought when I decided to read "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, a few years ago. I had read about three quarters of the book when I found myself relieved of the liquor habit; I also found that I was unable to use tobacco in any way.

Now, up to this time I had thought that Christian Science was probably a very good thing for nervous people, who imagined that they had various ailments; but it is one thing to hear of another person being healed, and quite different when one is affected one's self. The healing as a healing was of no consequence to me. I had not indulged deeply, and no one had suffered through my use of liquor or tobacco. I had no desire to be healed of these habits, and would probably have refused the healing if it had been offered to me as a gift. The important thing to me was that the mere reading of a book could have such an effect upon me. I had not studied it; I had no practitioner or instructor; I had merely perused the book. I had to admit that the power spoken of in this book was not an unknown power, but the One in whom "we live, and move, and have our being." I realized that I, who had not prayed for maybe twenty years, had come into direct contact with the supreme power.

The experience proved to me that we can call upon God, and that if we call in the right way He will be revealed to us; or, rather, that we shall come into harmony with Him. Since that time I have had many healings. I was recently healed of influenza in two treatments. This attack lasted only one day. At other times it had taken me at least a week to get rid of it.

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Testimony of Healing
Of the many blessings which our beloved Christian Science...
May 21, 1927

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