"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
January 21, 2018
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Portland, March 3, 1861
To Miss T.:
Your letter of the first was received.... I will now give you a short sitting and amuse you by my talk. But as you seem to want your head cured I will rub the top of it, and while doing this, I will tell you what makes it feel so giddy. You know I have told you, you think too much on religion or what is called religion. This makes you nervous, for it contains a belief which contains opinions and they are matter; i.e. they can be changed. If opinions were not anything, they could not be changed, for there would be nothing to change. All religion is of this world and must give way to Science or Truth; for truth is eternal and cannot be changed.... So you see according to the religious world I must be an infidel. Suppose I am. I know that I am talking to you now. Does the Christian believe in this (talking with the spirit)? No. Here is where we differ.
Eighteen hundred years ago, there was a man called Jesus who, the Christians say, came from heaven to tell man that if he would conform to certain rules and regulations he could go to heaven when he died; but if he refused to obey them, he must go to hell. Now of course the people could not believe it merely because he said so, so it was necessary to give some proof that he came from God. Now what proof was required by the religious world? It must be some miracle or something that the people could not understand. So he cured the lame, made the dumb speak, etc. The multitude was his judge and if they could not account for all that he did was proof that he came from God. So after he had cured many people they decided that he did come from God.
Now does it follow that if I should say that I was the Son of God or even go so far in my supposition as to believe that I was God himself, that they would make it so? Or suppose I should say I will give some proof that I am really God and I should perform a sudden cure which the people really believed, is their belief to embrace the idea that I am really God or that I really cured the person? You may answer this.
A phenomenon is one thing and the way in which it is done another.
The spiritualists produce phenomena, but when they say it is from the spirits of the dead, that is an opinion. Now let me give you my opinion.
There was once a man called Jesus. I have no doubt that he cured, but his cures were no proof that he came from God any more than mine does, nor did he believe it.
This man Jesus was endowed with wisdom from the scientific world or God and not of this world, nor can he be explained by the natural man. His wisdom never taught any such thing. His God fills all space. His wisdom is eternal life, with no death about it. He never intended to give any construction to his cures or words. His cures were for the benefit and happiness of man. Men were religious from superstition, their religion was made of opinions, and they were the light of the mind; the opinion or light contained an idea and the idea was in the center of the light. When the idea is lit up, it throws its ray; and our senses, being in the rays, are affected by the idea or light.
As their ideas affected the people, they were like burdens grievous to be borne; so the people murmured.
Jesus knew all this and no man was able to break the seal or unlock the secret to health. So the people groaned in their trouble and prayed to be delivered from their evils. Wisdom, hearing the groans of the sick, acted upon this man Jesus and opened his eyes to the truth. Thus the heavens were opened to him. He saw this Truth or Science descend, and he understood it. Then came his temptation; if he would listen to the people and become king, they would all receive him. This he would not do. But to become a teacher of the poor and sick would be very unpopular. Here was the temptation. He chose the latter, and went forth teaching and curing all sorts of diseases in the name of this Wisdom, and calling on all men everywhere to repent, believe, and be saved from the priests and doctors who bound burdens on the people.
I should like to write much more but for the want of time must close.
True life is health, knowledge and happiness, all in this belief. Death is disease, error, misery and pain, all in this belief. Each of the above is called our knowledge, and to believe in one is to disbelieve in the other, for our life is in our belief. Death is the destruction of the one and the life of the other, or the disbelief of the one and the belief of the other. Christ came to destroy death or belief and bring life and immortality to light, and this life or belief was in Christ. They that lost their life or belief for his sake or belief should find it. Upon this rock or belief I build my faith and the gates of death cannot change me. Now your life is in your belief and you are known by the fruits. My life is my belief. Now as I impart my belief to you, it is your life or health; and as you receive my life or belief, you die to your own; and my life in you grows to a belief and this belief is your health or happiness.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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In Wisdom, Love, and Light,
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