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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond

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What Is Disease? Part IV—The Christian's God

I will now sum up the substance of these two chapters by introducing the Gods of the two above theories and as one of them is only man's opinion, I will introduce a priest, a doctor and the law as the God-head, for the three are equal in power. The priest is the father, the law is the son and the doctor is the Holy Ghost or explanation of the law. All these make up the God-head of the heathen idolatry. These two give the people their beliefs which are sanctioned by a sort of divine wisdom and so acknowledged by the wisdom of the father of all. Strange as this may seem, it is the foundation of all the misery that man suffers. Although we are taught to love and respect this man's God as the giver of everything we receive, yet if one-half of what we attribute to Him was true, He would be the worst of all tyrants. If we should look upon a parent as we are taught to look upon God, we should hate and despise the very name of God.

Let us see what kind of a God He is and how He compares with a parent. In the first place God is represented as knowing all our acts and having a watchful care over us as a good father. Now if any parent could have half the power that they say that God has over His children, they would curse Him to His face and treat him like a tyrant. Now all this talk about a God who reasons and makes bargains, accompanied with rewards and punishments, is so much like the natural man's wisdom that no one can help seeing that our Christian God is the embodiment of man's wisdom, when man was far behind the present generation. No attribute of their God shows any wisdom but a sweeping idea of everything. When His wisdom or acts are spoken of, it is like a military officer or some grand monarch or king. He is King of Kings, Lord of Hosts, the great High Priest. Once it was the height of honor to get a feather in your hat, for a military man was the greatest of all men; therefore God must be a military man for He had war in heaven.

The devil was the first secessionist we find and he was driven out of heaven. You never hear God compared to a statesman or any other learned man. It is true when He came to earth some eighteen hundred years ago he was not represented as a military man, but He was far inferior to the wisdom of the wise. He was called a very simple man, uneducated, full of sympathy, so He must have come down since the writers of the Old Testament. How natural it is for men to court the company of the great men, especially military ones. This was the reason why the aristocracy would not have anything to do with Jesus because he had none of the military turn of mind. Their superstition could not account for his cures and his life was so plain and simple it was not worth knowing, so they had no claim on him. The wise of this world who base their theory on opinions steal all they can from their neighbors, and when Jesus was crucified, they stole his ideas and engrafted them into their aristocratic creeds. This kept them aloof from the masses, so God was not permitted to associate with the people but could only communicate through the priest. Therefore all the intelligence we get from God is through the wise priest and he does not condescend to communicate through the masses, so the people pay the priest for what information they get from heaven.

We all really believe more of this stuff than we are willing to acknowledge and this keeps the people in bondage under the priests. The burdens of false ideas makes men nervous and superstitious. This gets their system in a condition for another swarm of hungry dogs, called doctors, that invent diseases, make the people admit their opinions, and after they admit their belief they are ready to bring about any disease that can be introduced to them. As people cannot see how disease is made, this false theory has led the people ever since and it always will till the true idea is explained how disease is made. According to my theory, all of the above can be explained on scientific truth so that man can be his own doctor and priest, and he shall not say to his neighbor, know you the Lord? But all shall know Him from the least to the greatest. My theory will explain all the phenomena. If you will read the first article in vol. 1st you will see that according to that, mind can be changed, and any kind of an idea produced; so to apply this truth to the mind you can cure or correct the error and establish the truth.

Aug. 3, 1861

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