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OUR PROBLEM

From the October 1900 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The vast concourse of people which filled the Mother Church five times on Communion Sunday, attests their love and gratitude to God for His "Word, in Christian Science" (Church Manual), and expresses love and loyalty to our beloved Leader in her untiring effort and labor in teaching, guiding, and directing us, whereby we are enabled to know the Truth which makes us free.

These assemblies of cultured, happy people were in striking contrast to the few eager Truth-seekers who met in Hawthorn Hall but a few years ago to hear our Leader preach Christian Science, a subject then almost unknown outside of Massachusetts. Marvelous indeed has been the growth of Christian Science, with its hundreds of chartered churches, many with beautiful edifices, and thousands of practitioners, restoring the sick to health, comforting the sorrowing, and pointing the way of salvation to the sinner. Never shall I forget the peace that came to me in Hawthorn Hall, as I heard our Teacher explain the truth in Christian Science which brought my healing, and gave me the consciousness of what Life is, that it is right here, and my problem is to know it. From that moment it has been my constant effort to learn the lesson.

Last summer an eminent theologian visited our city and became interested in reading and studying our text-book. When he came to the question, "What is Life?" on page 464, and read the answer, he said, "That is worth the price of the book." Then he told how he had searched for twelve years through libraries at home and abroad to find a satisfactory answer to this question. He said that in one of the conferences of his denomination he had been invited to write a paper on this subject; that he prepared it as carefully as possible, and yet when he read it to them he felt that he had utterly failed in his explanation, and in despair he appealed to the assembly of ministers, saying, "What did Jesus mean when he said 'I am come that they might have life, and that might have it more abundantly'? (John, 10:10). Jesus was talking to men just like you and me: what did he mean?" The silence that met his question made him feel it was useless to make further inquiry, and he ceased his search. But now, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy, he had found a satisfactory answer to the question, "What is Life?"

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