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.

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