"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
July 24, 2016
[Third and Final Installment]
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Jesus saw all this and as the people were groaning under the yokes or beliefs that bound them down, he said, Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest to your soul by explaining to you the cause of your trouble. When he commenced explaining to the people, the explanation was to save them from the misery of this world of belief and to introduce a science or kingdom, where there would be no offering up of prayer or forgiving of sins but a consciousness or science that would put them in possession of a knowledge of themselves, which the natural man knew nothing of. When Jesus says, Take my yoke upon you, he means my wisdom or science. That is easy, for it contains no restrictions. This, to the people was something new, so they reasoned together like people who want to get some information. This setting the people to reasoning was a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks, for they had no idea that the people could govern themselves. So he took up the laws of Moses and gave them common ideas of them. Then he showed them a more perfect law of love that bound them together by sympathy, not of this world but of science. The people had never known that a good act must proceed from a goodness that they felt. The priests had never taught such a thing. So goodness was a sort of low wisdom and only applied to the poor. To try to be good without having any reward in view was of no use and the person who put any religion into it was as ignorant as the swine or dogs.
Now here was where Jesus struck at the root of error. He says, Every plant or science that is not planted by wisdom shall be rooted up and goes on to tell the people what his kingdom of heaven was. It was peace and joy in the Holy Ghost or Truth. He explained to them by illustrating the difference in the motives that govern the people. Therefore he said, Except ye become as little children you cannot enter into the kingdom of God or Science. Now every one knows that a little child has no idea of what man calls right or wrong, but might is right. So to become as a child means that you must not be under any restriction that prevents you from doing just as you please.
Suppose you were in this state and Jesus and one of the priests called on you to teach you the wisdom of this world, and you should put this question to the priest. I want my neighbor's ox for my family to eat, can I not take it? The priest says, No. Why not? Because it would be stealing and that is not right. Why? I want it and see no reason why I cannot have it. I am stronger than he is and am not afraid of him. We know that and the wisdom of this world has seen fit to make a law that if you steal an ox you shall pay five oxen back. Well suppose I kill the owner, then there will be no one to tell, what can they do? The Great Spirit will catch you. How? Why he has a place where he puts all who do not repent of their sins. What sins? Stealing from each other. How must I repent? By asking this Great power to forgive you. Will he do it? Yes, if you are sincere. What is that? Say you won't do it again. Is that all? Yes. Well if that is all that is easy enough. Oh, you must confess it to the priest and he will lay your case before the Great Spirit and get your sins forgiven. Why cannot I do it? Because God has appointed certain men to attend to that for his special purposes. Then if I steal, as you call it, I must pay the man four times as much. Yes. Suppose I steal and he never finds it out, will the Great Spirit know it? Yes, he knows all things. What will he do? Just what I told you, if you do not confess to the priest and tell him all you have done. What does the priest get for his trouble? Does the Great Spirit pay him? No. Who does? The person who steals. So if I steal and you are a priest, I must pay you for getting the Great Spirit to let me off? Yes. Then won't he hurt or punish me? No. Does he not have anything to do with the laws of man? No. Then if the laws of man do not catch me, you can clear me from God's punishment? Yes. Well, I understand.
So religion is made up of rewards and punishments, not of good works, lest any man should boast. Goodness is a sort of clever fellow, always in the way of the religious man. An honest man at heart is the greatest eyesore that a Christian can have. He is as bad as a man who never drank or smoked or chewed tobacco is to the temperance party. He must be of them or he is the worst enemy the party has to contend with. So it is with all hypocrites. True goodness, not hypocrisy, is the worst enemy that religion has to contend with. For an honest and upright man is the noblest work of God or Science, but the religious man is of his father, the devil, and his works he will do. Now I do not intend to apply these ideas to any particular man or class of men but to all. We all have religion or error and we all have some science or wisdom of God. Religion is our superstition and belongs to the natural man. Science is spiritual and belongs to the spiritual man. Paul had these two characters; therefore, when he would do good, his old religion was present and that which he would do, his old ideas prevented him; so it was not science that did wrong but his old religion that was in him. Jesus had the same enemy to contend with. If he had listened to the voice of religion of his day he might have been king of the Jews but enemy to all science. Honesty or doing unto another as you would have another do to you was not just the thing, for it struck at the root of all their religion. It made man a responsible being to himself and put into his mind a truth that would show him to act from a higher motive than religion. It teaches us that God is in science and not in ignorance, that might is right for the religious world; but for the scientific world, action and reaction are equal. And just as we measure out to another, just so it shall be measured back to us, and no priest or prayer of this world can stay the hand of this law.
So Christ died for all and Jesus abandoned all his heathen religion and worshipped God or Science, laid down his life or science for the world so that all can enjoy it if they will only forsake their father or their old creeds and embrace Christ or Science. This will wash away all superstition. This was the religion of Jesus. To be a disciple of Jesus you must forsake all these forms and ceremonies, for in sacrifices and prayers he has no sympathy. But to worship this Christ as Jesus did is to worship it in spirit and in truth. This religion was blasphemy. So they crucified him, and parted his garment or Science, and drew lots for it. The doctors took that part which applied to healing and the priests that which applied to preaching. So the people are just about as wise as they were before. Christ or Science is in the world, not in the church or medical faculty but in the hearts of the people, working itself along.
All error arises from false reasoning. If man knew when a sensation was produced on the senses, his senses or knowledge would be prepared to receive it without fear; but being ignorant of it, he receives it sometimes as a sweet morsel that he rolls under his tongue till at last he finds to his sorrow that he is hugging a viper that will sting him to death. Now if mankind knew these enemies and how they came and got into their house or mind they would be on the look-out and their knowledge would be a protector. But the wisdom of the world has set up a standard superior to the wisdom of God and supposes its opinions must be taken for truth without any doubts or questioning. This standard is based on the old superstition that went hand in hand with all other superstitions. Science has been ridding the world of its errors, but the science of life is in the hands of the most ignorant class of persons the world can produce, who undertake to be the teachers of a science that they know nothing of.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Henry Wood (1834-1909) can be described as one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement, even though he was neither a minister nor the founder of a church or center. A successful businessman and author, Wood was forced by ill health to retire. He somehow came across the principles later known as New Thought, was healed, and sought to help others learn to heal themselves. He was one of the founders of the Metaphysical Club and at one time served as its president.
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