"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
November 19, 2017
[Conclusion from last week.]
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
What does Jesus Himself say of this power? He admitted it, for He says, “Of myself I can do nothing,” thus admitting a power superior to Himself; and also when asked a question by His disciples, He said, “No man knoweth, not the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but my Father only.” At another time when asked by a scribe who had been listening to Jesus, while he reasoned with a Sadducee, “What is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered, “The first commandment is Hear, O, Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.” Here He admits a supreme power and says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself.”
The young man said unto Him, “Well, Master, thou hast said truly, for there is one God, and there is none other than He, and to love Him with all thy heart and soul is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Jesus saw that he had answered discreetly and He said unto him, “Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God.” These questions and answers were given before the whole multitude, and I see no reason for disputing Jesus’ own words by putting a mixed misconstruction on some passage and making Jesus something that neither He nor anyone else ever thought of. He was accused of making Himself equal with God, but that was their ignorance which gave that construction, and if I had not been accused of the same thing a hundred times, I might put the same construction on Jesus as others do. But I can see and show to the sick beyond a doubt the difference between Jesus and Christ, and the difference between the two words gives a very different meaning to religion. The church construction makes our acts and lives one thing and our religion another. Jesus made our acts the effect of our knowledge of Christ or truth or science and in proportion as we understand science we understand God and acknowledge Him in science and in truth.
This science separates us from this world of sin and death and brings life and science to light, and this life or science was in Christ or was Christ and was what Jesus taught. The ignorance of Christ or Science or truth put “Jesus” and “Christ” together and called it “Jesus Christ.” For ignorance and superstition could not account for any of the cures that Jesus made except it be from heaven, and although Jesus tried all in His power to convince them to the contrary, He could not. The religious people of Jesus’ day like the Christians of this day made heaven and hell places independent of man, and although some may deny it, their acts give the lie to their professions.
All persons pray to a being independent of themselves, acknowledging a state or place where God is, independent of themselves, and when they pray, supposing that He listens, ask Him to hear their prayers and relieve their wants. This is precisely what the heathens did, and Jesus called them hypocrites and condemned it, for He said this offering up of prayer and sacrifice year after year could never take away sin or error so that the world could be benefited by such forms. But once in the end of this world of superstition, Jesus sacrificed His own opinions of all superstition and embraced Christ or Truth and laid down His own life for the happiness of mankind. Before this, the world knew not Christ or Truth. This truth Jesus taught and His teaching was the healing of the nations, and if this truth had not been misconstructed, the world at this time would have been rid of thousands of errors it now has. This was Christ’s truth or belief, for a truth to a person who cannot understand it is a belief. So Jesus’ truth or Christ was to the people a mystery and of course embraced a belief. But to Jesus this was science and He labored to convince the people that it was, that the fruits of it were seen in His practice and that it could be taught; for He made a difference between His cures and His disciples' cures and the cures of the rest of the world.
The magicians and sorcerers cured by their belief. They thought their power came from a spirit world, and they acted upon this belief. They believed that sickness was sent into the world to torment mankind. The priests had the same belief. Each one’s prayer was to his own God to keep him clear of his enemy. The priests held up to the people the idea that they must do something different from living honestly and dealing with mankind as though we were one family, that a certain belief was necessary to keep us clear of hell which itself had been invented to torment man.
This doctrine kept the people in ignorance of themselves and made them nervous, giving rise to a sort of belief in evil spirits. As mankind are all the time inventing ideas for their own interests, it finally led to the introduction of the medical faculty. Now it seemed to cover all the ground that ignorance and superstition wanted; it put the masses into the power of the two classes—the priests and the doctors. The priests would offer up prayers to their God for the salvation of souls, and the doctors would offer up prayers for their business. The people are, in the meantime, in the condition that the prophet told of when he said, “The prophets prophesize falsely, and the priests can rule by their means, and the people love to have it so, but what will they do in the end thereof?” Now it is just so with the clergy and the medical profession. Both are an evil and Jesus opposed both by destroying all their ideas. This He did, or tried to do, but they destroyed Him before He established the science so that it could be taught.
Jesus wanted to introduce this science, which He called Christ. This science gave the lie to all the old opinions of Jesus’ day. He had no heaven or hell out of man, no happiness or misery outside of us. His God was in Him and us, and His prayers were in Him and in us, and His life and ours was in this Christ or belief, and this belief was the law which He put in all of us. If this law could be understood, it would rid us of all the evils that are bound on mankind. It would not keep man in ignorance of himself, but would exalt him in the natural world. It would rid him of the superstition of the world, would make men worship God, not as a man who could be flattered by our hypocrisy but as a God of knowledge, as a science that gives to every man just what he learns. Those who seek Him in prayer desiring to learn His laws will be rewarded just in proportion to their labor. He asks no prayers for His good, and a prayer made up of words is all lost unless accompanied by some good to someone, and if we do good to one another our prayer is in the act. When Jesus said to the righteous, “Come ye blessed for I was naked and you clothed me,” they were not aware that they had done any good, but He said, “Inasmuch as you did it unto the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me,” or God, and in His answer to the wicked, “Inasmuch as you did it not to them, ye did it not to me.” He put the good and bad in the acts and not in the words. So true prayer is in our acts, false prayer is in our words and by their fruits ye shall know them. For He said, “Not all those who say, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven or Science”; not those who say, “I understand it,” but those who put it into practice so that the world shall be the wiser for the knowledge. Now you see that if this is so, “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man” or one learned in the world’s knowledge to embrace this Truth or Christ. But I say to all, strive to understand.
In investigating the subject of health, I start with the idea that nothing never produced any one thing; therefore every effect must have a cause. Now reasoning from the principle that nothing cannot produce any one thing, it is plain that nothing will produce nothing. If this were not so, everything might produce anything and there could be no such principle as action and reaction, for all things would be springing from anything: animals coming out of the ground, trees bearing fruit in the winter, sleighs running in the summer, flowers springing out of snow banks.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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