"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
November 26, 2017
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Did St Paul teach another world as it is taught by Christians? I answer, No, and shall prove that Paul preached and taught this very science that I am trying to teach and that he put it into practice as far as he was able; but he taught it more than he put it into practice, from the fact that it was necessary that the theory should be acknowledged. The world believed in religion and their religion taught another world. This was Paul’s belief before he was converted to this science. But this science taught him that the wisdom or religion of this world was foolishness with the wisdom or science of God. Paul admitted Jesus as his teacher and Christ, the God or science; therefore, when he spoke of Christ, he meant something more than the natural man or Jesus. When Paul tried to make the Corinthians understand this difference, he said that he came not to teach the wisdom of this world so that their faith should stand on the wisdom of man in the power or science of God. What was the use to speak of the wisdom of this world that was perfect, as they thought, for all of this comes to an end. But he spake of the wisdom of God or science, in a mystery to them, even in a hidden mystery, that was with God before the world or man was formed, which none of the princes of this world knew; for if they had known this science, they would not have crucified the man that taught it.
This science was foretold and expressed in these words: the natural man’s or error’s eye had not seen nor ear heard; neither had it entered into their hearts that to be good was a science that God had prepared for those that could understand, but Jesus had taught and acknowledged it as the true science or Christ. The word science was not used in those days so that some other word must be used to convey the idea of this truth. As there was no settled opinion in regard to the word but all acknowledge the power, each person was left to himself to express it in his own way. So it was, as Paul says, a mystery to the wisdom of the world and even to this day it is not admitted by the Christian churches except as a mystery. And still they stand, as they always have stood, looking for it to come. When it is come, even in their mouth and they know it not, but eat and drink with the wisdom of this world as they did in the old world, till the flood came and swept them all away. So it will be with this science. The world will oppose it. It will be crucified by the church and priest, hated by the doctors, despised by the crowd, laughed at by fools and received by the foolish of this world. For as science to the natural man is foolishness, they cannot understand it. To the wise of this world it is a stumbling block.
Now Paul labored to reduce this something to a science in order that it might be understood; so it was necessary to separate it from the wisdom of this world and the way to do it has always been a mystery, from the fact that you can’t introduce any science except by some proof. For to talk of a science is talking an opinion of something you cannot prove and to show the phenomena without any scientific explanation leaves it as much a mystery and the world is none the wiser. So to teach a science is to put it into practice so that the world can be put in possession of a truth that shall be acknowledged to be above the natural man. Now if you will read all Paul’s writings, you will see that this science was what he was trying to make the people understand, for if they could understand it, it changed their motives of action and made them act from a higher principle. This principle was a science and proved itself; but to make it understood was not an easy task. I have been twenty years trying to learn and teach it and am at times nearly worn out, but when I think of Moses teaching it, or trying to, for forty years and then only seeing for other generations what he could never enjoy, it makes me almost sink to the earth. Even Jesus as a man thought that it would become a science in his generation but he was not sure, for he says, No man knoweth not the angels of heaven or the men wise in God’s wisdom, but God alone. He knew that it would be established on earth as it is in heaven. So eighteen–hundred years have passed and yet the same angel is sounding with a loud trumpet saying, “How long shall it be till the wisdom of this world shall become reduced to a science so that it can be taught for the healing of the nations, so that man will cease from teaching lies and learn to speak the truth?” Then an opinion will be looked upon as an opinion, and science will judge the correctness of it. Then all kinds of opinions will be weighed in the balance of science and the wisdom of this world will come to naught. Then will arise a new heaven or science and a new earth of man, free from disease or error, for his old world or belief shall be burnt up with the fire of science, and the new heaven or science shall arise, wherein shall not be found all these old superstitions, bigotry and disease, but where there is no more death nor sighing from some ache or pain which arises from superstitions of the old world. Then shall come to pass that saying, “Oh! Death or error where is thy sting! Oh! Grave or misery where is thy victory!” For the sting or belief in death was sin or ignorance but the gift of science is of God which is eternal life.
This life was taught to man by Jesus and called Christ instead of science, and to know this science or Christ is to know eternal life which is eternal progression in the science of God. This science teaches man how to break off from all errors or bad habits that lead to disease; for as disease is in his belief, to be good is to be wise. But health does not always show itself in science for the fool in his heart says there is no Science or God. Therefore the fool is happy in his knowledge. So are a great many persons happy, according to Paul’s idea, who are wise in their own conceit and are puffed up with the flattery of the world. But their wisdom comes to an end. They come up like the flowers of the field and flourish as a politician or in some other way for a time, but the dew or wisdom of science passes over them and they wither for the want of something to sustain them. Seeing themselves behind the times as scientific men, all their wisdom taken from them and turned out with the ox to eat this world’s food or grass, they then see themselves as a man sees himself in a glass and then turns round, walks off, and forgets what manner of man he was. Then his friend who once knew him will know him no more; for his wisdom is numbered with the dead ideas that never had any life except of the animal life or wisdom of this world. So here end the lives of the small and great, the earthly prince or the ignorant beggar; both find their level in the grave of their belief. Their hope is in their belief and their belief is in their error, and all must yield to science, for science will reign till all error is put out of existence; and when this great science is established in this world, as it is in wisdom, then to be great is to be wise in science.
Dr. P. P. Quimby takes this way to give the sick and those who need his services a short illustration of the manner of treating diseases, as they are called by the medical faculty. My mode of treating the sick is entirely new and original with myself. I have no similarity or affinity with any other mode of practice. Therefore, when others undertake to identify my practice with any other, they not only misrepresent me but show their weakness by so doing. For everyone that I treat that can understand me at all will see that I am entirely different from any other person. Those that have some selfish motive to identify me with mesmeric practice use this argument: it is nothing but mesmerism, etc. Others that wish to class me with the spiritualist say it is spiritualism, but I won't own it. Now this mode of misrepresenting me I, of course, can't help, only as I make my patients understand. And as it is easier to let it go that I am a spiritualist or anything else than to explain, they let it go by, saying I don't care what you call it if I get well.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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