"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
July 17, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
This world is very strict. It worships science as a power not known and is very strict in regard to its followers. It erects standards to this unknown God or science, for it is a God not known to this world, but the world of science is in it. Now as Jesus came from this world of science, he was a stranger in this land and liable to its laws. So that his mission, like all science, being to destroy error, he must come into the world of error to lead the science that is imprisoned in this world of error to the truth or health. Jesus knew that God or science was not in their worship, that all it did was to keep science down and retard it. So he must, like Sampson, throw firebrands into their minds so as to get up a dis-union in order to dissolve the bands or burdens that kept them down. He knew that the people knew not what they did or believed. They never had any science about their belief and had not the slightest idea of what it was or how it could be altered. They never dreamed that to be good was a science, so that all their goodness was based on fear, either of being punished by the laws or being destroyed by the science that they called God. Thus, all their prayers were to this science, not to destroy them. For as the truth came, their life or error was destroyed. So Jesus said in the name of Christ or Science, “He, that is error, that loseth his life or opinion for my sake or science shall find it.” So to understand Christ or Truth was to forsake opinions and embrace truth, and not to receive an opinion from anyone who knew nothing about what he affirms.
He told them how to know the difference. If any man say I am Christ and have not the evidence, only resting on an opinion, believe him not, for there shall be many theories and beliefs founded on opinions. So try them and see whether they are based on science or error. (Mark 13:21). If they are based on science they can stand the test of investigation. But if based on error, you will hear a voice like the mighty winds and the earth shall be shaken to its foundation and every idea shall arise and they will make as much ado as the devils did when Jesus told them to depart. Men have to be questioned in regard to their belief, for it won't stand the fire of science.
So they rail and foam, and if that will not do, they escape into the wilderness or run headlong into the sea of public opinion where the common opinion holds them. To attack public opinion is a risk; this Jesus had to run. Now Jesus' world, that God or Science was in, was science. And when he came from science he came to this world of ignorance and superstition. It may be necessary to give some idea of Jesus' knowledge of this other world and where he differed from the leaders of his time. Jesus' two worlds were science and ignorance. Therefore, science can come from its world and go to error and release that science that is bound by error. These are the two worlds and Jesus never intended to teach any other. Now what is the difference between these two worlds? I will try to show.
This world is made up of all kinds of deception, superstition and ignorance, all based on heathen superstition governed by leaders of theories which are based on opinions and do not have the slightest foundation in truth. These two worlds are in and around every one. The natural world is in man, looking out and prophesying about the other world. The scientific world is outside of man and sees all the natural man's ideas of science, as the musician sees the errors of the natural man in regard to music. All science is inspiration and from a spirit world far above the natural man. The natural man has found it out and submits to it as a science. Now in all science God is not known by the natural man. His God is in his ignorance of himself. So when he prays he never prays to any science or wisdom; therefore he thinks all the phenomena he sees are the natural result of the development of man. But being ignorant of science he is not a fit judge of the phenomena that he may chance to see or hear. And being ignorant of himself, he applies the same rules to others. It may be a good rule but there are exceptions to all the rules; so I will make an exception to this, for error is not accountable for its acts as truth is. If a scientific man does wrong he knows it, but if he is wrong from ignorance there is no right in it, so there is no sin to him. Science tells you that fire will burn your hand and you cannot put your hand into the fire ignorant, when you know it. So you cannot commit that wrong without suffering punishment, for your punishment is in your knowledge and not in the fire.
Now suppose you are a child and do not know fire. You see it and as all children do, you want it, or a piece of the red hot coal. Your ignorant desire for the coal excites you and you put your hand into the fire. The sensation frightens you just as much as though you had put your hand into a dog's mouth and been bitten. The sensation produces fright; then comes reason. You reason about the fire as though it contained life and would hurt you, so the fire and the dog are to you just the same. As you stand weeping, someone comes up and tries to soothe you by telling you to keep away from the dog or fire and not get hurt, but makes no distinction between them. So the child sees the dog can move around and thinks the fire is the same as the dog. He shuns them both alike, but puts intelligence in the fire. Now the child grows up with all the ignorance of his youth till he becomes a man. Then he takes his place with other men and knows nothing of science. So it sees a sort of intelligence in everything it does not know and reasons how to keep clear of every phenomenon it happens to see. At last in its ignorance it prays to this enemy; so it worships all things that it cannot comprehend. It puts God into everything; therefore, in its ignorance it gets up a sort of creed or belief to offer up a prayer to this invisible power, to which it has given the name of God and it lives and dies in the fear of it. It worships and pretends to adore it. So when it goes into the water, it prays that the water will not drown it. It sees God in all danger and prays to it to have mercy on it till it can get clear of the enemy it worships. This is the religious man.
Now where stands Jesus as a man? Not Christ. Jesus knew that all this was hypocrisy, fear and ignorance. He made a difference between his God and their God. He knew that their God was a devil, so he said to them, You worship ye know not what; I know what I worship. Again, he says: You are the children of the devil; he was a liar and abode not in the truth. The people in their ignorance want leaders and they will hire them. These leaders know that the people put trust in them and they know that they are not worthy of taking the high responsibility of leading or instructing them. So their first prayer is correct when they say that they are not worthy to take the Lord's or Science's name upon their lips. This is true for God is true and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. So when a person is all the time crying Lord, or Truth, never showing any fruits, beware of such, for they are wolves in sheep's clothing. Jesus told them that all this was hypocrisy and this made them crucify him. The priests never taught the people anything except for the benefit of their craft. The leaders must have a living and a pretty good one. This deception could not be kept up but must go down before the progress of science in the people's minds. All science was confined to the leaders and was of this world. It made them crafty and inventive of all sorts of humbug to keep the people in subjection. This kept the people superstitious and led to sorcery and witchcraft. So deception became the order of the day, so much so that they got frightened at their own beliefs and passed laws to keep it down, just as though the development of science must be under the ignorance of this world.
[To be continued next week.]
Every science has its shadow based on opinions about the phenomenon as in the invention of steam, for instance. When it was first claimed that it could be applied to the advantage of the world, up sprang this set of demagogues to show off their knowledge. And while the first steamer was crossing the Atlantic, one of the learned quacks, lecturing in New York City, was proving by actual demonstration that the steamer could not carry coal enough to drive her to New York. But for all his wisdom, the steamer kept plowing along unheeding the prophetic voice till it arrived safely, thus proving by practice what the theory had contended for. This class of men abound everywhere.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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