An editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel reminded...

An editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel reminded me of one of the benefits which I have received from Christian Science. It was on the subject of prohibition, and called attention to the reasoning which our Leader presents on page 289 of "Miscellaneous Writings," where she says, "Strong drink is unquestionably an evil, and evil cannot be used temperately: its slightest use is abuse; hence the only temperance is total abstinence."

When Christian Science came into my experience I was about fourteen years of age, and was then keeping company with a number of young people who, to use Mrs. Eddy's words, were "untaught and unrestrained by Christian Science" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 459). Saloons were then sanctioned by law, and the use of liquor was considered quite proper by many so-called good people. While I had never enjoyed intoxicating liquor, I had used it moderately, both at home and elsewhere. Soon after I began the study of Christian Science, my attention was called to Mrs. Eddy's statements, as quoted in the preceding paragraph; and I saw that in order to be consistent with the demands of Christian Science I would have to take a definite stand and refuse to partake of intoxicants. I feel that great good has come into my life as a result of taking this stand, and that I have been saved from falling into temptations which might otherwise have seemed attractive.

The first Christian Science treatment which I received was for the recurrence of a stomach trouble to which I had been subject since I was quite young. The response to this treatment was so marked that I continued to rely on Christian Science for relief whenever these attacks occurred, and before very long was entirely healed of the trouble.

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October 5, 1929

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