Christian God is the
man's wisdom -
when man was far behind the present generation.
~ Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
The Christians' God
Aug. 3, 1861
I will now sum up by introducing the Gods of the two foregoing theories, and as one of them is only man's opinion, I will introduce a priest, a doctor and the law as the God-head; for the three are equal in power. The priest is the father, the law is the son, and the doctor is the Holy Ghost (or explanation of the law). All these make up the God-head of the heathen idolatry.
These two give the people their beliefs, which are sanctioned by a sort of divine wisdom, and so acknowledged by the wisdom of the father of all. Strange as this may seem, it is the foundation of all the misery that man suffers. Although we are taught to love and respect this man's God as the giver of everything we receive, if one-half of what we attribute to him was true, he would be, of all tyrants, the worst. If we should look upon a parent as we are taught to look upon God, we should hate and despise the very name of God.
Let us see what kind of a God he is and how he compares with a parent. In the first place, God is represented as knowing all our acts and having a watchful care over us, as a good father. Now if any parent could have half the power that they say that God has over his children, they would curse him to his face, and treat him like a tyrant.
Now all this talk about a God who reasons and makes bargains, accompanied with rewards and punishments, is so much like the natural man's wisdom that no one can help seeing that our Christian God is the embodiment of man's wisdom, when man was far behind the present generation. No attribute of their God shows any wisdom, but a sweeping idea of everything. When his wisdom or acts are spoken of, it is like a military officer or some grand monarch or king. He is King of Kings, Lord of Hosts, the great High Priest.
Once it was the height of honor to get a feather in your hat; for a military man was the greatest of all men. Therefore, God must be a military man, for he had war in heaven. The devil was the first secessionist we find, and he was driven out of heaven.
You never hear God compared to a statesman or any other learned man. It is true that when he came to earth some eighteen-hundred years ago, he was not represented as a military man, but he was far superior to the wise. He was called a very simple man; uneducated, full of sympathy - so he must have come down since the writers of the Old Testament.
How natural it is for men to court the company of the great men, especially military ones. This was the reason why the aristocracy would not have anything to do with Jesus - because he had none of the military turn of mind. Their superstition could not account for his cures, and his life was so plain and simple, it was not worth knowing; so they had no claim on him.
The wise of this world, who base their theory on opinions, steal all they can from their neighbors; and when Jesus was crucified, they stole his ideas and engrafted them into their aristocratic creeds. This kept them aloof from the masses; so God was not permitted to associate with the people, but could only communicate through the priest. Therefore, all the intelligence we get from God is through the wise priest, and he does not condescend to communicate to the masses; so the people pay the priest for what information they get from heaven.
We all really believe more of this stuff than we are willing to acknowledge, and this keeps the people in bondage under the priests. The burden of false ideas makes men nervous and superstitious. This gets their system into a condition for another swarm of hungry dogs - called doctors - who invent diseases, make the people admit their opinions, and after their beliefs are admitted, then they are ready to bring about any disease that can be introduced to them. As people cannot see how disease is made, this false theory has led the people ever since - and always will, till the true idea of how disease is made is explained.
According to my theory, all of the above can be explained on scientific truth; so that man can be his own doctor and priest, and he shall not say to his neighbor, “Know you the Lord?” But all shall know him, from the least to the greatest. My theory will explain all the phenomena. If you will read the first article in Volume 1, you will see that, according to that, mind can be changed and any kind of an idea produced. So apply this truth to the mind, and you can cure (or correct) the error and establish the truth.