September 13, 2015

Spiritualism (Death of the Natural Man)

Second Installment

by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

I will separate the two worlds of which I am now speaking and show what one has failed to do, and also that the other is not acknowledged independent of the first. The world of opinions is the old world, that of science is the new world, and a separation must take place and a battle must be fought between them. The world of error and opinions has held science in bondage ever since man began to act independently of the savage life. The child of science has been nourished in the bosom of its mother, in the wilderness of error, till it grew up so as to assume a character; then when it has undertaken to assume its rights, it has always been met with the thunder of error. But as it is so much of a friend to the happiness of man, the enemies or error could never prevent its growth, for that was in the scientific world. That world has no matter or it is so rarefied that the error cannot see through it. So the scientific man can pass through the errors and instruct the child of science till it bursts forth and becomes a man or law. Then the natural man or error destroys its leaders and falls down and worships the scientific laws and acknowledges them as king of this world. So as the science is now acknowledged, the kings of the earth are cut off and the kingdom is divided against itself; the leaders with their armies flee into the wilderness, there to rally for another attack when any new science is started. Now the Science of Life and Happiness is the one that has met with the most opposition from the fact that it is death to all opposers. It never compromises with its enemies nor has any dealings with them. Its kingdom is of science, not of error. Therefore it is not of this world of matter.

I will give you a declaration of its laws, how much it admits, how much it condemns and how it puts its laws in force. Its habitation is in the heart of man. It cannot be seen by the natural man for he is of matter and the scientific man is not matter. All he has are his senses; there is his residence for the time. He has no abiding city but is a traveler or sojourner in the world of matter. His house is not made with hands but is in the scientific world, so his whole aim is the happiness of man. Now as man is of matter, his belief embraces all there is of him. The scientific man sees through this matter which is nothing but an error acknowledged as a truth, although it is to the natural man a reality. Now as error holds on to all territory as under its power, it keeps the scientific man in slavery or bondage. So to keep the Science of Life down, they invent all sorts of humbug in the shape of invisible things and attribute life to them while they pretend to be the people's guide to wisdom. It is almost impossible to tell one character from another as both communicate through the same organs. As the scientific man has to prove his wisdom through the same matter that the natural man uses, he is often misrepresented and put down by false stories, representations of the errors of the natural man. This was where Christ found so much trouble in his days, for the people could not tell who was speaking.

The scientific man was called by the natural man, “angel.” So if an angel spoke they would listen. The natural man, being superstitious and ignorant, is easily led by the cunning errors of the world. The leaders, being crafty and superstitious, believe in every phenomenon which is produced and they attribute it to the invisible world. The locality of this world is the mystery, and so all kinds of speculations are got up about it. It opens all the avenues of matter through which to give the inhabitants communications, but the natural man has possession of the mediums so that the scientific man is misrepresented in nine-tenths of all he says. Now to be in the scientific world is not necessarily to be wise but to acknowledge a wisdom above the natural man which will enter that world where wisdom sees through matter. This is the condition with those persons who are thrown into a clairvoyant state. To them matter is nothing but an idea that is seen or not, just as it is called out. All of their senses are in this state but are under the control of the natural man. So it is always hard to establish a fact in this world that goes to destroy the power of the natural man. All the explanation of this scientific world is given by these blind guides who have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear and hearts that cannot understand science. They are afraid of the truth lest it will destroy them, for their death is the introduction of the Science of Life and Happiness.

To show you the two characters conversing through one medium I will take myself as the medium of the scientific man and also of the man of error or of this world. When two persons argue, it is supposed that they have some object in view or there would be no need of reasoning; but nine-tenths of all arguments are about nothing, from the fact that error contains no wisdom but a belief which is started by some crazy brain and acknowledged by the ignorant as true. Ignorance is roused into action. This produces error and error is not confined to any particular mode of reasoning but is always attaching its senses to some opinion which has been acknowledged as a truth. As opinions are always changing, error does not see the change, for its senses are not in the change but in the opinion. The scientific man attaches his senses to science, not to opinions. For instance, eighteen hundred years ago there was a man called Jesus. All admitted the fact that he was a man. His theory of action was reasoning to mankind, so a controversy sprang up in regard to the man; the man of opinions attaches his senses to the opinions about the man. The scientific man saw nothing to affect him in any way; so when Jesus was brought before Pilate, Pilate heard the stories, but seeing no proof of any superior wisdom beyond any man said that he found no fault in him. So he attached his senses to the man, Jesus, as a man. But the superstitious were divided, as they always are. One class claimed that he came from God, the other, that he had a devil. So these two classes were at war with each other and in their zeal they attached their senses to the acts of Jesus as proof of their wisdom. One party wanted to show that Jesus came from God and they introduced his cures as proof, for no man could do as he did except God be with him. Their ignorance never saw that his cures proved nothing except that he knew more than they did, which did not prove that he came from any place, only that he did the cures. But no man is bound to believe this because they say so, any more than they are bound to believe that a person who cures another gets his power from the spirits. The ignorant say if it does not come from the spirits, where does it come from? Thus the skeptic is either bound to take their explanation and believe it is the spirits or he is an infidel or unbeliever.

[To be continued next week.]


Quotation by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby


Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, September 13, 2015

The natural man develops himself according to the principle of matter, but the wisdom of the creator not being in matter, the natural man and brute are governed by its own law or principle. But there is a higher and more excellent law or principle that matter knows not of. This principle teaches the scientific man that matter of all kinds and descriptions in the material world is subject to his science or will and man himself as we see him is nothing but the shadow of an idea that science can change at pleasure, just as a man knows himself. So the death that we speak of is the enemy to progression, for it keeps matter in a gross state and retards progression. It is the darkness that science has to wade through. It is the cause of all the misery, for it acts on science as the cold winters act upon the earth. It closes all the avenues of life or vegetation, till the heat of summer bursts forth and life springs from the tomb. So error holds science in the grave of death till the trumpet of wisdom sounds through the pores of matter and quickens the soil and heats up the earth.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Article: Cor. 15.21

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Editor’s Corner

We are continuing our exploration of Phineas Quimby’s Christology. What was his interpretation of the work and person of Jesus Christ in his own words?

Today’s featured article Spiritualism (Death of the Natural Man), begins on page 541 of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond. This composition is rather lengthy, so I have broken it into six installments. The third part will appear in next week’s newsletter. If you missed last week’s installment, you may read it here.

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