Religious questions had always especially interested me. Although I knew almost nothing about the Old and New Testaments, I was very skeptical, since I saw little practical application of Christian teachings. However, when I had the opportunity to read Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, my attention was especially aroused by the following passage on page 323: "We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated." One must prove the truth in everything. Without proof one is dealing only with assumptions. It was clear to me, however, that I could not allow myself to pass judgment as long as I lacked knowledge of the Bible. I thus came to take up the study of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health.
After I had perused the Bible, and particularly the textbook, I did not doubt for another moment that Christian Science was the explanation of the teachings brought to us by Christ Jesus. But the question kept recurring to me, How can I use this truth myself and prove its practical worth in my own experience?
When our little boy was about three years old, he suddenly became very seriously ill. When things were at their worst, I was alone with the child. Then it occurred to me that I had been studying Christian Science for a long time, was convinced of its truth, and that God was now awaiting proof of my steadfastness.