October 4, 2015
Spiritualism (Death of the Natural Man)
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
What was it that Jesus wanted to communicate to the world? One simple fact that man was a progressive being, that his happiness and misery were of his own make, that his belief is his wisdom and if it is founded on an opinion, it was liable to make him unhappy. To separate the truth from the error is a science, the knowledge of which teaches how to correct an error or disease and in this knowledge is eternal life. Jesus never intended to teach the people a belief in another world. His words and acts showed them that their beliefs were false and that they were the cause of their misery. But this they could not understand, and being in their belief, their belief became a part of their identity. As they were taught to believe in spirits, their misery was attributed to them. And as error begets error, the people were tormented by their own belief. It never entered into the minds of these blind leaders that as a man sows, so shall he reap, for action and reaction are equal. The knowledge of science was not general and that the belief of man had anything to do with his health was a thing not dreamed of. All that was believed was something that could not be seen, so the prophets prophesied of someone coming from heaven. Now if heaven was not something that the people believed in, away and apart from this earth, then it would not have been in the prophesies. So this heaven was an established fact and all their controversies were in regard to it. They introduced all sorts of mediums that purported to come from and have communications from that place. There was the dwelling of God and all religious theories were based upon the belief that there was another world where God dwelt and where He ordered all things according to His own will. Absurd as this is, man is made of this composition, for man is only a mass of matter or ideas, combined together by a wisdom superior to the matter of which the ideas are formed. Science is not recognized in this belief. For it belongs to that class of minds which have never risen to a state where they can discern that man can perceive anything independent of his natural senses. To this class of minds whatever is not established is a mystery. If a lead ball is thrown into the water it sinks to the bottom, that is a fact. If a wooden ball is also thrown into the water it floats, and then comes the mystery. A medium from the other world is required to explain the phenomenon. Argument is of no force. The explanation must come from God, and thus it is with every mysterious phenomenon—supernatural power only can explain it. Thus man is kept constantly excited to understand every little thing that happens. He never has thought that heaven and hell were a part of his belief and consequently a part of himself, but he believes that these two places are independent of himself and he is liable to go to one or the other after he is dead. So he lives in hell all his life, trying to get to heaven, but never gets there for it is always at a distance, and he is always looking for a savior to save him from hell.
How often we hear very good people say that they are weary of this wicked world and they long to be with Christ, showing that they are not there now, but hope to be. You see that their faith contains a belief, not a substance. The faith that is of man is merely a belief in something not obtained, for when the substance is obtained, then faith or belief is lost in the substance and they have what they hoped for. Was Jesus' faith a belief? No, His faith was the substance of our belief and that substance was Christ. Jesus put his faith in practice for the happiness of man. This substance or Christ or faith is something intended to be applied to man, and Jesus put this in practice for his happiness. The question arises, Has it an identity? Answer, it has; it is all that ever had an unchangeable identity. It is wisdom itself but the Christian's faith is an opinion about this wisdom. I have said that Jesus' faith had an identity and to this his senses were attached. This Jesus could say to his faith, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” What did this Christ strive to do? It strove to enter the heart of man and teach him how to break away from his errors and learn the truth. Jesus taught Christ and put it in practice by his works. Do the Christians do the same? No. They preach about it, so their faith is not of works but a belief. The world is no wiser or better for it. To prove your faith in music is to play a tune on an instrument by your faith or science, not to talk about music, telling about how beautiful it is. The Science of Health which Jesus taught was practiced by his faith or wisdom and his instrument was man. He took man after he had been beaten, bruised and deceived by the priests and doctors and applied his science or Christ to put him in tune, so that he could sing psalms to the one living and true science and appreciate Jesus as the medium for “he hath opened the seventh seal” that can correct the errors of man who shall be saved from disease and misery. How does Jesus stand by the side of his pretended followers? He talked and taught his Christ to the people. Priest and doctor talk about it. Here is a vast difference. Jesus put intelligence in the Christ or science; the Christians put no intelligence in Christ or science but apply all the intelligence to Jesus, calling the Christ a power. The difference has always been kept up; the natural man cannot see intelligence in anything he cannot understand. Therefore Christ or intelligence of Jesus is to him a power or mystery and he wanted to know whence it came. This ignorance on the part of the priests and people originated all their speculation about Jesus. The Christ or higher intelligence was shrouded in darkness to them, for they could not see why he, merely a man, should be more than a man.
Everyone knows that a clairvoyant state is different from the natural state. Let me illustrate what all will admit. Persons in a clairvoyant state can talk, using the same organs as when awake. They also have every faculty which they have in their waking state, independent of the natural body, and space and time may or may not be annihilated. They act entirely independently of anyone and when awakened may not remember anything that has been going on. Here you see a being acting independently of the natural body or the identity of flesh and blood, with all the organs and senses of the natural man. Now where is this identity when the natural man is acting, for both cannot be acting at the same time? Everyone will perceive that if a man could retain his reason and natural senses and at the same time be conscious of the other state, he would be a man beside himself, thus making two living intelligences in one identity, acting through one medium. Thus the clairvoyant man could correct the errors of the man of flesh and blood and keep him in subjection to his wisdom. This was Jesus Christ.
To have this Christ was to be born again or receive the higher wisdom. This wisdom or Christ was the mystery to mankind. This was the Christ that should reign till all error should be subject to it. Disease, being the off-spring of error, deceives the people, making them nervous, sick, and liable to death, for all this is matter and belongs to the man of flesh and blood. But it is the design of wisdom that matter should be the servant of this clairvoyant man or science; therefore when Jesus received this wisdom, he became God and man. When the man spoke, it was like anyone else, but when the Christ spoke, it spoke not as a man, for that is of God or wisdom from above. Jesus taught the people to distinguish by their works the true Christ from the false. It must have proved its source by works, for he says, “Not everyone who says I am Christ is so himself, but he that doeth the will of the wisdom that sent me.”
Let us see if a test can be found such as Jesus laid down. When he called his disciples together he gave them power over all unclean spirits and sent them forth to heal the sick. Here is the test of the clairvoyant or Christ power or wisdom. How did he apply it when he cured disease? Of course, if he was in this state all the time, all things were present to him so that not a sparrow could fall to the ground unnoticed by him, not Jesus, for although the Christ was made known through Jesus, it was only made known according to the necessities of the time when he, Jesus, lived. I will take one of his miracles to show that Jesus and Christ acted together. When the centurion came to Jesus to tell him that his servant was sick, Jesus was not aware of the fact but immediately became subject to his clairvoyant state, saw the servant and administered unto him. Then he said to the centurion, Go thy way, and according to thy faith so it shall be unto thee. So the centurion left and the servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Now this is as plain to me as any cure I ever performed. This was not a power but a higher wisdom that the world knows not of. I will now introduce myself, showing that I cure in the same way.
[To be concluded next week.]
Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, October 4, 2015
Little can be done to convince the well and by the well I mean those who are satisfied in every desire of their hearts, but the sick, who have grouped along the path of disappointment, and are driven and tossed from one shadow to another to get what they hope for, know well the hollowness and hypocrisy of the world they have met with and recognize with exceeding joy the light which I bring them for it reveals with certainty, that there is a way open to rid mankind of its great enemy disease.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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