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From the January 1919 issue of The Christian Science Journal


There may be some who read this who are having a struggle to get started in their study of Christian Science, some who perhaps, like myself, have always wanted to be true followers of Christ Jesus and who have been told by those uninstructed in the subject that this religion denies the divinity of Christ and is a work of the devil. For the benefit of such I would like to say that I had been told this and had fully believed it, with the result that for eight months after Christian Science was first presented to me I could not conscientiously read or study the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, or the periodicals. At the end of that time, however, I could see such a change in the daily life and character of the one who had presented the subject to me, having herself been helped physically by its ministrations, that I felt she was learning to be more truly a follower of Christ Jesus than I was.

Then came a day when I saw quite clearly that in being afraid to read Christian Science literature, I was doubting the love and protecting care of our heavenly Father, for surely He knew that I wanted to serve Him truly and would protect me from accepting its teachings if they were of the devil. And so I began to read, determining to try to live in accord with what I recognized as true and good, and to pass over for the time being what I did not understand or could not believe; and I thank God that I did. It was some months before I could accept the teachings in their entirety, but I have since seen that this was because I did not understand them; for to understand Christian Science is to accept it and try to live in accord with it—one could not do otherwise.

It will be seen, then, that it was not for physical healing that I became interested in this healing truth; but since taking up the study, I have been helped physically many times. I was healed of measles very quickly, fever has been overcome, and a very sore throat was restored to normal condition in a few hours. Last winter it was proved to me conclusively that climatic conditions do not harm man; for with a severe pain in one lung I was able to go out in the severest snowstorms and zero weather, sometimes not returning home till nearly midnight, and the condition did not continue long.

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