I want to know what made that man Jesus
- who lived eighteen-hundred years ago -
different from other men.
~  Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Dr. Phineas P. Quimby

Christ Explained

I am often accused of making myself equal with Christ. When I ask what Christ is, I am told that Jesus Christ is one-and-the-same. If I ask if Jesus - the man - was God, the answer is, “No, but God manifest in the flesh.”
“Then can flesh and blood be God?”
“Then what was that being that had flesh and blood, who was crucified eighteen-hundred years ago?”
“Jesus Christ.”
“Is Christ God?”
“Is God flesh and blood?”
“Will you give me some idea of what that being was called Jesus Christ?”
Still the answer is, “God manifest in the flesh.”
“What do you mean by 'God manifest in the flesh?'”
“Why, that God took upon himself flesh and blood.”
“Then what was that something that took upon itself flesh and blood?”
“Is God a substance?”
“Then can that which is not matter take matter upon itself?”
“You ask too many questions,” I am told.
“Well, if you cannot answer my questions, must I believe what you say, without any proof?”
“No - but we have the Bible, and that says that Christ is God.”
“Well, suppose it does, and I ask you to explain Christ, and you give me this answer - 'God manifest in the flesh.' When I ask to have this explained, you say, 'Why, it is Christ.' In all this, you see, I get no intelligent answer - only an opinion of some person who knows no more than you do about it.
Some think that words are all that is necessary, so they quibble about a certain word, like this. “The name Christ is said to be a Greek word meaning anointed.”
“But what is that,” I say. “Does anointed throw any more light upon the Christ? Anointed is the name of something, and this is what I want to have explained. To call it by this or that name is no explanation of the thing named. To call it 'Christ' or 'Anointed' or 'Messiah' or 'Prince of Peace' is only hopping from one name to another. I want to know what made that man - Jesus - who lived eighteen-hundred years ago different from other men. His birth, I care nothing about; nor is it of any consequence to this world why he was called 'Jesus Christ.'
If he was different from other men - as I have no doubt he was - where was that difference, and how was the world benefited by that difference? These are the questions. Now if you or any other man can prove to me that Jesus was not a man of flesh and blood, you make him a liar; for he says that he was flesh and blood. So now we have a man of flesh and blood, just like any other man. The difference between him and other men was called 'Christ.' Now what did that difference consist in?”

“In his life.”
“What had his life to do with healing the sick? Has your life anything to do with healing a palsied limb?”
“Then your good life cannot cure disease?”
“Did Jesus' life cure?”
“Then you must not claim to be a good disciple of Jesus, for if you claim to be a good man, and we see no proof of your goodness on others - your goodness is of this world and not of Christ. You say he had a power. Now what do you mean by a power? We call steam a power and electricity a power, but no one ever associates wisdom with them. Do you mean that Jesus' power was like the above - or was it in what he said and did?”
“It was in what he said and did.”
“Well, what did he do? Did he not cure the sick?”
“Well, how did he do it? Was it his power?”
“How did he get it?”
“It came from God.”
“Did you not just say that Jesus was God?”
“Then how could God come from one place - when you and I both believe that God fills all space?”
“Well, there is a mystery in the Godhead or Trinity that man cannot find out, nor understand.”
“Was not the Bible written for our understanding?”
“Yes, but the mystery cannot be found out, so we have no right to penetrate the ways of God. There is enough in the Bible to learn and make us happy, without searching into the hidden mysteries of another world.”
“If the Bible was not for man's benefit, what was it for? If we are to take it for the word of God, who is to explain it?”
“It explains itself.”
“Do you understand it?”
“In a measure.”
“What do I understand by your answer? Can you give me any more light on the subject than what you have?”
“Then I am as ignorant as I was when I began.”
“Give me your opinion of Jesus Christ.”
“Well, if you will listen, I will tell you what I know of Christ and what I believe of the man, Jesus.”





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