September 27, 2015
Spiritualism (Death of the Natural Man)
by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
If I can show that man's happiness is in his belief and his misery is the effect of his belief, then I shall have done what never has been done before. Establish this, and man rises to a higher state of wisdom, not of this world but of that world of science that sees that all human misery can be corrected by this principle, as well as the evil effects of errors in any science. Then the Science of Life takes its place with other sciences, then is brought to pass, “Oh death! (or error) Where is thy sting! Oh grave! Where is thy victory!” The sting of ignorance is death but the wisdom of science is life eternal to all who believe it.
I have said that to reason there must be something to reason about. I will show the world's reasoning and how I reason. I will take the oracles of the world, for all science of this world of opinions has oracles. These oracles of which I speak are those who pretend to instruct the people in regard to health and happiness. The first is the clergy, for they lead off in everything pertaining to man's happiness. I will ask them what they think of Christ, his mission if he had any, and of what advantage it was to the world? They reply that the world or man had gone so far astray that it was necessary to send Jesus Christ into the world to convince man of a future state of rewards and punishments, that he might repent and be saved. If this is true I ask, Why did Jesus devote so much time to the sick? (Oracle) To show that he came from God. [Q] What does that prove? If I cure a person, does it prove that I came from God? (O) No, but do you make yourself equal with Christ? [Q] Have you any proof of anything that you never saw and is only an opinion? (O) The Bible. [Q] Does the Bible speak for itself or does someone explain it? (O) We must take the Bible as our guide of truth.
Let us now sum up this oracle's wisdom. All of his wisdom is founded on an opinion that there is another world and that Jesus Christ came from that world to communicate the fact to the inhabitants of this one. This is all an opinion sustained by no proof. On the contrary, everything goes to prove it is false, for the happiness of man is not increased by this false theory because this oracle cannot cure the sick. Now Jesus cured the sick and said if they understood him they might do the same. We want a theory like that of Jesus, not of talk but works, for talking a theory that will not cure is worthless. So if I set down the priests as belonging to the false prophets, the sick are no better for them. Next are the medical oracles. These number as many as the former and are on the increase. How much knowledge have they independent of an opinion? None! Yet they have given the people to understand that their wisdom is far above that of the masses, but their knowledge is all opinions and the sick pay them as though it were wisdom. The people have been cheated into a belief that these oracles have more wisdom than they have. This I admit, otherwise they could not humbug the people out of their money and deprive them of their health and happiness.
My oracle is Jesus. He proves the goodness of wisdom. Jesus was the oracle and Christ the wisdom shown through this man for the happiness of the lost or sick who had been deceived by the other two classes: priest and doctor. God or wisdom has seen how these blind guides had robbed the widow and the poor of their little goods, deserted them and left them forsaken and despairing, dependent on the charity of a wicked world. This wisdom developed itself through the man Jesus and he fearlessly stood up and denounced these guides as hypocrites and devils. He showed how their theories affected the people and also that they were in direct opposition to all science and good feeling, and he introduced a new theory, a more excellent priesthood or science which had no sacrifice of feeling but took upon itself our infirmities and explained them for the happiness of man.
[To be continued next week.]
Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, September 27, 2015
If I can show that man’s happiness is in his belief and his misery is the effect of his belief, then I shall have done what never has been done before. Establish this, and man rises to a higher state of wisdom, not of this world but of that world of science that sees that all human misery can be corrected by this principle, as well as the evil effects of errors in any science. Then the Science of Life takes its place with other sciences, then is brought to pass, ‘Oh death! (or error) Where is thy sting! Oh grave! Where is thy victory!’ The sting of ignorance is death but the wisdom of science is life eternal to all who believe it.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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