"Blessed is he that cometh in the Science of Wisdom." ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
October 16, 2016
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Now Jesus tells just about where the people stood in regard to this truth. There were none who understood it but many who acted according to the principles. These he called persons who, being ignorant of the law, were a law to themselves because they did right and did not know why they wanted to do it. He describes their minds as half wise and half foolish. But the wise were ignorant of the cause of their own wisdom, so that in trying to make people understand this truth, which he called the greatest of sciences or the kingdom of heaven, he spoke in parables.
He commences by a parable of the foundation of this science or the ground in which it is sown, and then shows its growth by parables. So when he was asked for an explanation of his science or power or kingdom, he took a little child in his arms and said, Of such is the foundation or kingdom of heaven. Now everyone knows that a child is a blank as far as virtue or vice is concerned and with it might is right. Now the growth of this child's wisdom depends entirely on the direction given to its mind. Then he says, What shall I compare its little wisdom to? I will compare it to a grain of mustard seed that a man sowed in his garden.
So God sowed wisdom in this little child's mind and this wisdom, if properly developed, would teach him that his body, like the earth, was the casket or loom for this wisdom to develop itself in.
As it developed itself, it would leave its mother earth and derive its life from a higher and more perfect mother that had no matter but which, like the air, was perfect so that it lifts one above all the fog or atmosphere of earth and the decomposition of matter or ideas that contain all sorts of evil. The growth of this wisdom was liable to be destroyed, for Herod sought to kill it. But its mother hid it in the ignorance or bushes in the sea of superstition till it could grow in the hearts of the people. So when its branches began to put forth and the fowls or theories began to build nests or attack it, then came the devil and made war against it. Then the priests and doctors joined in and stirred up the multitude to search out where the true wisdom was, that they might take counsel together, how they should put it down.
When Jesus appeared at the common age of man, ready to defend himself, John sent to him to know if he was this science or Christ or must we look for another. As Jesus began to preach this truth or science, it struck at the root of all their old superstitions and it troubled them. This was the very thing that people had looked for. The prophets had prophesied that the time would come when man should act from a higher motive than dollars and cents, when goodness was virtue and virtue could be appreciated, for virtue was nothing to the priests. They looked upon all virtue as passion and treated it as such. Thus sympathy or love was misrepresented by these blind guides so that people acknowledged and thought that they were born dishonest and all sorts of vice and passion were elements of our nature. When Jesus began to separate vice from virtue the war began.
To be concluded next week.
I will give you a description of the God I worship. He has respect for persons. He is a God of love and truth. He feels our misery and administers to our wants. He never keeps any accounts but pays me my wages as soon as they are earned. So if I help you, my God is your God, and to do good to myself is to do good to you as far as lies in my power. So my God is in me, and His rewards are with Him. If I do a good act He pays me down, for He does not need to have any account with man. He has enough to pay all His debts, and if I neglect to fulfill my part, after I know and acknowledge it, I shall surely get my punishment. All this is the other world, not the world of opinions, for that world must be destroyed. God, and all the world of progression and science can never be destroyed, for it never had a beginning and therefore cannot end. This is the world I believe in. If I help you, my God rewards me, for the reward is in the act. It is as much my gain as yours. To make you happy makes me so, and if I help you and make you happy, you of course share your happiness with me.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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