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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Fragment, A

Does man in his reasoning separate the soul from the body? I answer he does not in practice yet he does in theory. He makes a distinction, but he makes a distinction without a difference. He calls the mind the earthly house or tenement, for he says when his house shall be dissolved, he has a house not made with hands. Now his house is his ideas or belief and his senses are in the house; so he reasons the same as a man reasons about a material house. Now if your house is on fire and you admit you are in it, then you lose your life with the house. So your mind being the house or body, if you admit your soul is in your body and disease is destroying the house, you must reason that all must be destroyed, soul and body, because you admit that you are in your belief or house. Now this is the reasoning of the wisdom of this world. But the wisdom of God reasons in this way: that God is the highest wisdom that belongs to man and just as man knows himself, he knows God, and man knows no God except that wisdom that governs and directs his acts. We have been taught to believe that God is a being independent of man. Now this is as absurd as for a child to believe that he came into existence without a father or mother. All will see the absurdity of that belief. So to admit that man and God are separate from each other is as absurd as to believe that the child is no part of its parent, yet the child has his identity of matter and the parent his.

1864

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