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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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Language [The King’s English]

How often you hear these words used: Such a person murders the King's English. This I admit is true if you apply language to the things in this natural world, but if it is applied to the spiritual world or ideas that cannot be seen by the natural man, then I beg leave to differ from the knowledge of this world, for I know it is false. In the first place, a healthy person is not a judge of a sick person's feelings. Therefore, if anyone gives a name to a feeling which a sick person has, he names a sensation that he knows nothing of, except as described by the sick. In this there is no standard of right and wrong that the people can agree upon, so everyone sets up his standard of right and wrong, and if a person is ever so sensitive to another's feelings, he must use such terms as the world sets up or he is ignorant of the King's English. So the invisible things must be judged by the visible. Here is the great mistake, for if the learned had to prove to the unlearned everything they said, it would be as hard as for those who are sensitive to these sensations to prove them to the learned. Who is to say what God is? Webster, Worcester or any author, unless he can give some evidence that comes within a person's feeling or senses? Here is where the trouble commences with this idea of God. What is God? This is the question, and let the man come forward and show who and what God is.

The word God is the name of something material or immaterial. If He is material, then God can be seen by material eyes; and if He is immaterial, the natural man cannot see Him. So that if His name sprang from the natural man, he gives a name of something that he knows nothing of, only as is seen in matter or that comes within his feelings. Therefore, one man's opinion is as good as another's till someone can give the substance or impression that caused that word to be applied. Now suppose that man calls wisdom the first cause and that from this wisdom there issues forth an essence that fills all space, like the odor of a rose. This essence, like the odor, contains the character and wisdom of its father or author and your wisdom wants man to give it a name; so man calls this essence, God. Then you have wisdom manifest in this God or essence. Then this essence would be called the son of wisdom. Let wisdom say to God or the son: Let us create matter or mind or man in our own image, or in the likeness of this essence or God. So they formed man out of the odor called matter or dust that rises from the grosser matter and breathed into him the living essence or God, and the matter took the form of man.

October 1860

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