June, 2012

Jesus' Healing Power*

    by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

When Jesus called his disciples together and gave them power to heal all diseases and cast out Devils, did he give the power without the knowledge how to apply it or did he give the power with the knowledge? If he gave the knowledge so that it could be applied, are not the ones who apply it better acquainted with the power than those who are ignorant of the power and the knowledge?

All admitted Jesus’ power—but it has never been explained or been suggested that it could be. If the power of Jesus was merely a gift, why should he be called God or anything else above his followers? And if he understood how he wrought the miracles, it was a knowledge and not a gift, for to call it a gift deprives Jesus of any knowledge superior to his followers. Admit it as a Science that Jesus taught for the happiness of man and then man will try to learn it. How can it be proved a Science? Never till the people admit that mind and matter are the same, both under a direction of an intelligence superior to them. Then man takes a higher stance and is governed by Science and not by error.

Then matter becomes subject to Science and is the medium or power to be put in motion. This medium can be changed into any form and be destroyed, but not lost. All will admit a person can be deceived into a belief which will make him sick and also to correct his error will make him well. This power is all that Jesus ever intended to convey to the world. It is a Science and it can be learned. It is to unlearn what ignorance and superstition has bequeathed to man.

Source: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond, page 348.

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