The study of Christian Science...

The study of Christian Science has brought me innumerable blessings, not the least of which is an understanding that happiness is a spiritual quality. The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has written in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 57): "Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it." Although surrounded by the love and affection of family and friends, it was not until I came into Science that I learned to love in accordance with the teachings of the Bible (Luke 10:27), "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself."

The application of the truths contained in the Bible and in Science and Health and the other writings of Mrs. Eddy has proved to my continuing satisfaction that God does heal all our diseases. However, it is understanding God rather than mere belief in a Supreme Being that establishes the right sense of health, wholeness, and harmony. I had been mildly interested for several years in what I thought Christian Science to be, considering it an ideal religion and accepting practical proofs of healing for friends who were its students. I was not ready to seriously investigate its teachings for myself, however, until many fine physicians failed to heal me of a so-called serious illness. After much suffering I was impelled to attend a Wednesday evening testimony meeting held by a Christian Science Society in a southern city. The sense of peace received, even without understanding the words read, enabled me to sleep that night for the first time in five months. The next day a copy of the Christian Science textbook was purchased, and I read it nightly until I fell asleep.

That I could read at all was a revelation, for until then my eyes did not focus correctly. As I began to glimpse something of the true individuality of man as the son of God, I ceased to think of myself as an isolated, insignificant mortal. Instead I saw that man, the image and likeness of God, is necessary to and infinitely beloved by Him throughout all eternity. Our textbook states (p. 306): "If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be childless,—no Father." Rejoicing in the affirmation that man cannot be separated from God because he reflects God, I found myself healed and leading a normal life again within ten days.

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Testimony of Healing
I was reared in a devout home...
October 28, 1950

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