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From the January 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

THE BIBLE TELLS us, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Ps. 107:2). It's high time that I put my gratitude on record for the way my life is continually being set free through the study and practice of Christian Science.

I was raised in a small town in eastern Canada by parents who were evangelical Christians. They believed in the power and presence of God and were also great Bible students. My dad used to read the Bible to the family regularly, so I grew up knowing and really loving the Scriptures. My parents were firm believers, however, in the doctrine of eternal damnation, the idea that man is created a sinner and that if one doesn't accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they are doomed to everlasting hell. I found this doctrine deeply disturbing. I couldn't understand why, if God is Love and all-powerful, as the Bible tells us, He didn't make everything perfect to begin with and avoid all the problems humanity seems to be having. It seemed to me that creation, as I knew it, was pretty much of a disaster, and frankly, I felt that given the opportunity, I could have done a better job. I didn't say anything about these thoughts in the years prior to high school. I was afraid that it was probably a very sinful thing just to ask the question.

The summer I graduated from high school, my mother went to the US to visit relatives and friends, including a couple whom she'd known as fellow evangelical Christians but hadn't seen for a few years. In the meantime, these friends had found Christian Science. The wife had a wonderful healing and both she and her husband had become devoted students. They introduced my mother to Christian Science and gave her a copy of Science and Health, which she brought home with her. I don't think my mother knew what had been bothering me, but one of the first things she did when she got back to Canada was to hand the book to me suggesting I might find it interesting.

From the moment I started to read Science and Health, it answered my questions, and the Bible began to make sense. Science and Health told me about an infinite, intelligent God who I could love and who really did make a perfect creation. It destroyed the fear of hell and damnation and, as the Bible says, "Set my feet upon a rock" (Ps. 40:2). Now every time I opened my Bible I found wonderful, awakening ideas that made sense and brought new inspiration and healing.

Christian Science has blessed every area of my life—from my years at university, to a wonderful marriage, painless childbirth, physical healings, and many other experiences.

One healing I'm especially grateful for occurred about ten years ago. From early childhood, I'd suffered annually from hay fever. I devoted prayer and spiritual study to trying to overcome this challenge, but didn't find permanent relief.

At one point, we were having new windows installed in our home during the hay fever season, and the added dust in the atmosphere intensified my discomfort even further. I knew emphatically, however, as a Christian Scientist, that it was not God's will for me to suffer and that there was no reason why I could not experience complete healing.

One day I sat down to give specific prayerful attention to the situation and to listen for God's guidance. I was led to read what Mary Baker Eddy had to say about creation. Along with other passages, I studied the chapter "Genesis" in Science and Health, which gives the spiritual interpretation of the first four chapters of the Bible. This time what really stood out to me was that man, God's image, is blessed, not cursed. I had never seen this quite so clearly. Science and Health summarizes Genesis 1:26 in part with this declaration: "Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God's dominion over all the earth" (p. 516). You can't do any better at being blessed than that! For some time, I deeply and joyously considered this fact. God had never made His offspring liable to disease or pain or allergies. When I opened my Bible, the truth that everything God had made was very good as His eternal reflection (stated in the first chapter of Genesis), as opposed to the false sense of man as mortal and material (outlined in the subsequent chapters), was more real to me than ever before.

A short time later, I found myself completely free—all the physical symptoms had vanished. I haven't suffered from hay fever since.

Christian Science—the provable truth about God and man—put my life on a new track, and has benefited both me and my family immeasurably.

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