I was introduced to Christian Science when I was in middle school. At that time, I suffered from nosebleeds whenever I stayed in direct sunlight too long, or when the day was particularly hot. I also suffered from migraines. These conditions continued into high school.
Furthermore, I felt I was the victim of an African superstition that says you are not supposed to eat the head of any fish because it can cause all sorts of problems. Christian Science was teaching me just the opposite—that everything God created is very good (see Genesis 1:31), and is harmless. However, my relatives were convinced that the reason I had the nosebleeds was because of my consumption of this “forbidden” part of the fish.
In my prayers, I strongly denied that this was true. I knew that as God’s child I could not suffer from such a false belief. The Bible says that God, our Father, loves us immensely, and that He gave us power and dominion over all things, “over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).