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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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True Christ and the False Christ, The

I will try to explain or separate the true Christ from the false Christ and show that “Christ” was never intended to be applied to Jesus as a man, but to a truth superior to the natural man, and this truth is what prophets foretold. It has been called by various names, but is the same truth. There is a natural body of flesh and blood—this was Jesus. His mind like all others was subject to a law of truth that could be developed through the natural man. This power Jesus tried to convince the people of, as I am trying to convince the people that there is such a state as clairvoyance, that is, that there is something around us which the natural man is unaware of that has an identity and can act upon the natural man. When this power acts upon his senses it acts in the form of an idea or thought. The natural man receives it like the servant, but acts as though he was the father of the idea. The world gives him the credit for this superiority over his fellowmen.

But unwilling to admit this power, the world attributes it to some unknown cause as the best way to get out of their trouble. They would rather have it a miracle than a science, for otherwise it would lower them in the estimation of themselves and cause their own destruction, as all truth destroys error. This belief in an intelligence independent of ourselves has always been admitted, but attributed to some miraculous power from another world.

1860

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