I feel compelled to write my testimony and hope that
I may be accepted as one more witness to the Truth as contained
in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
In the year 1883 I first heard of Christian Science. I
was sitting in a saloon in Leadville, Col., reading a daily
paper of that place. My eyes lighted upon an article
which spoke of some peculiar people in Boston who
claimed to have discovered how to heal as Jesus healed.
I do not remember much of the article, but those words
stayed with me.
I had drifted out to Colorado from New York City (my
home), where I had been under the treatment of many
leading physicians. The last one, who was too honest
to take my money knowing that he could not cure me,
advised me to keep away from doctors and quit taking
medicine, as nothing but death could cure me. My
trouble was pronounced by some to be Bright's disease,
by others gravel on the kidneys with very acute inflammation
of the bladder and prostate gland.
In the spring of 1888 my wife and myself were spending
the evening at the house of a gentleman whose wife
had been healed in the East by Christian Science. The
gentleman took a book from its bookcase saying, "Here
is a work on Christian Science." It proved to be Science
and Health. I knew as soon as I had read the title-page
that this was the very book we wanted. We immediately
sent for the book, and when it arrived we obeyed the angel
and feasted on it. I was very much prejudiced against
the Bible, and my first demonstration over self was to
consent to read the four Gospels. My wife bought me a
New Testament and I began to read it. What a change
came over me! All my prejudice was gone in an instant!
When I read the Master's words, I caught his meaning
and the lesson he tried to convey. It was not difficult for
me to accept the whole Bible, for I could not help myself,
I was just captured. The disease with which I had been
troubled for years tormented me worse than ever for
about six months, as if trying to turn me aside; but I lost
all fear of it.
I kept up my study of Science and Health and the disease
disappeared. I can honestly say that Science and
Health was my only healer, and it has been my only
teacher. - R. A. C., Los Angeles, Cal.
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