In the Preface of our textbook,...

In the Preface of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. vii), "The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal." This passage reminds me of the immense debt of gratitude I owe to Christian Science, for it has given me an answer to a deep, searching question regarding obedience, a question which I had asked since my early childhood.

No one could explain to me what true obedience is, nor where its foundation lies. Most religious instruction bewildered me, because I did not understand it. The only time I felt a sense of security was when passages from the Gospels were read to me. The sayings of our Master I loved, but only when Christian Science came into my life did I begin to learn of God as divine Principle, Love, and of the possibility of expressing infinite good.

I witnessed this divine Principle at work in the healing of a friend who had suffered from an organic disease and whose long search for a cure had been without result. Thereupon the desire to take medicine left me, and I was freed from headaches, for which I had found no cure. This freedom came over fifteen years ago.

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