act contains the Law of Action and Reaction - and that is all the law
that Wisdom ever had.
But the wisdom of man puts the other construction on it -
namely, that the effect comes before the cause.
~ Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
Mind(The Subject of Mind, Cont.)
Every truth is in a minority and is opposed by the majority. The principle of this world is that the majority is right; so of course, as error is always in the majority, it must be right. Now let us see if it does not hold good. Is it not so in religion and politics? Truth is not acknowledged at all as an opposite (or opposer) of error; but as a mere balance, to weigh each man's opinion. Opinions are the substances that are weighed. Truth is nothing, but the balance. It has no existence in this world, because it is of the world of wisdom, that is a stranger to matter. Now these two worlds (or philosophies) split up the world of matter; for one reasons in it and the other, out of it. One has laws; the other has none. One has religion; the other has none. One has disease; the other none. One has the wisdom of matter; the other the wisdom of God - and each proves its science. Now man is made up of the wisdom of matter, and matter has its God, and all of its laws are found in matter. As disease is a transgression of these laws of matter, man is punished by these laws. Now to punish a man for disobeying a law, is to suppose the law existed before the offense was committed; for where there is no law, there is no transgression. So that this world's God supposed that man would do wrong, and so made a law in advance. The disobeying of this law was sin; so by the law came sin, and by sin came disease, and by disease came death.
So everyone is under the sentence of death, for all have sinned. This is one of the majorities' reports, and to get clear is to do something to get rid of nothing. The law is the enemy to get rid of, and that is made of nothing, for it contains nothing. The same majority says that where there is no transgression, there is no law. Then if there is no act, there is no law. This makes it just where the wisdom of God makes it. Every act contains the law of action and reaction, and that is all the law that wisdom ever had. But the wisdom of man puts the other construction on it; namely, that the effect comes before the cause. This holds good in all of this world's philosophy, and I shall show that all of their philosophy is based on phenomena that takes place in the spirit world (or above the natural man). And man, in his ignorance, gets up a philosophy to explain his ignorance of the phenomena. This causes all the misery that human beings suffer, and is ignorance of themselves.
Man invents his misery and lays it to God. Being ignorant of God (or wisdom), he sets up a standard, based on an opinion. For instance, how often we hear the saying, "Wrap up, so you will not take cold." Now if there had never been any more penalty attached to cold than to heat, then man would not have any more fear of cold than of heat. But if you go out in the cold, you transgress one of God's laws. I ask the question, if winter and summer, heat and cold were not made before man? All will say, “Yes.” Will any person stand up and say that going out-of-doors alters the weather? No. Then the cold does not forbid a person going out or have anything to do with it. So if a man goes out, he goes according to his belief, and he is affected according to it. Suppose there are two persons; one believes in taking cold, so his fears excite him; the other is accustomed to the cold and never knew anything bad about it. Now I ask anyone if he thinks these two persons go out under the same feeling? All will say, “No.” Then the one that is always catching cold would be the most likely to be affected? “Yes.”
Now did God make a law that if a person exposed himself to the cold, and he disobeyed this law of health, he must be punished? You may say that the healthy man was not really exposed, for he was not in feeble health. Then the man in feeble health is the one to be punished (or take cold). Now see how absurd such a belief is. According to this instance, and this holds good in every case, the great father of every good and perfect gift is all wisdom and knows all things. He sees the effect, before it happens; governs all our acts, and not a hair can fall without his knowledge. He made all laws for the happiness of man and had such great love for us that he exposed himself to his own laws and took the penalty to save us poor sinners. All this is taught by the clergy. Now listen to me a short time, and I will set all this right. This law, it seems, was not to embrace those that did not catch cold. They could not have broken the laws, for if they disobeyed the law in the least, they were guilty. So the law was for them that disobeyed it. So it is for the sick; these poor, weak creatures that can hardly get a breath of air, without transgressing a law that these benevolent gods have made, and punish all that break them. Now as strange as this crazy idea is, it is the belief of ninety-nine in a hundred.
Oh, foolish man, how long will you be deceived by false teachings? It is just as impossible to disobey God's wisdom as it is to cut yourself with a razor, and say that you were ignorant that a razor would cut, when you got it for that purpose. God cannot have a law, for a law supposes a disobedience; and if God was not wise enough when he made all things, to know what would be the end of every act, then he is not the God the Christians claim him to be. And is he dead? No. Then certainly he has respect for persons and gives preference to the well, for the laws that are attached to God by the Christian world are to punish the sick; for the well are not punished at all. So to keep clear of his laws is to have nothing to do with them; for the weak flourish under this government, like the green bay tree, and the Christian finds it a hard road to travel. And if it was not for the leaders exciting and driving them on, they would all turn back and become as bad as the rest of the world.
What infidelity and hypocrisy there is in this nineteenth century; and yet we boast of our religious wisdom. If any person can show me one single idea in any creed that Jesus ever subscribed to, I should like to see it. Religion now is just what it was two thousand years ago. All the Grecian philosophers opposed it, and some were imprisoned and some, killed. Jesus opposed it, and they murdered him and destroyed his theory, and they kept up the same old theory; only as it has been broken in two by come-outers. It has always been opposed to science. It imprisoned Copernicus, and has persecuted all investigation, ever since. The pagan philosophers explained it and showed its hideous form and bloody bones. It is founded in ignorance and superstition and is the greatest evil that ever invaded the human mind. Were it not for science, the world would be, at this time, a place of torment, [or the world would have, at this time, the places of torment]. All of this error is the effect of the philosophy of minds. The wise have never established their philosophy by experiments. Error has; and so as one is established, the other becomes the subject. Now establish the true philosophy of goodness and happiness, and then you have a heaven on earth. Then Jesus' words will come to pass, when he says, “I will create a new heaven (or philosophy) and a new earth (or matter), where there shall not be any darkness, but all light.” This is the new heaven (or philosophy) that was foretold in the days of the wise men and repeated by Jesus eighteen-hundred years ago.
Now I will show you the new philosophy (or Jerusalem) that man is destined to enter; where there shall be no more sickness or death; where all things are done away, and all things become new. This philosophy was for man alone, for he had wandered away in the darkness and become so gross that he could not see anything, but gross matter. So Jesus said to such, “Ye have eyes, but cannot see; and ears but cannot hear; and hearts that cannot understand.” Now I shall show that there is a philosophy that has nothing to do with the common philosophy of the day, and that our philosophy and religion cause all the evils we now suffer. If man knew the true philosophy, the shadow could do no harm, but man worships the shadow and loses the substance. I shall show this and prove it; for I do not mean to give my opinion, when I have the truth on hand. My object is the good of mankind, independent of all religious sects and creeds. It is a philosophy which, if understood, will make man free and independent of all creeds and laws of man, and subject him to his own laws; he, being free from the laws of sin, sickness and death. Being free myself, I know how to teach others. So I will tell you what must follow this new science, and what it teaches man, and how far he is bound. His being bound is a free offering and cannot be altered, but if he knows the truth (or philosophy), he will not enter blindfolded or retreat, before he understands. I will give you my experience, as one that believes what he says and is ready to be judged by his patients; and if the world finds fault, I will listen to them; and if their philosophy does more good to the world than mine, I will consider it, and give it the preference. So I will give mine (or the philosophy of health), and ask my questions of the world.
Are not words sound, and is not sound something? If it is not something, it could not produce something. Then this something, in the form of language, is something. Now two somethings of the same kind cannot produce another something; so that one something must act on another something, and then a third something can be produced. So if sound is something, it does not act upon itself. And if it acts at all, it must act on something else. Now one of these somethings, I call God (or wisdom). As wisdom is a substance that cannot be changed, it cannot fill any more space than all space. It cannot act separate from itself. It is in all and a part of all. It knows no bounds, nor time. It is eternal. Now as every substance throws a shadow, the shadow must have a background of something; and this something I call mind (or matter). As this something acts on matter, it does not act on itself. So of course that which acts is not the same as this substance that cannot change; but is under two somethings that act upon the same something. As it may confuse you to understand these “somethings,” I will classify them. The substance acted upon is mind (or matter). This I will call No. 1. This substance that acts upon No. 1, I call essence (or God). This I will call No. 2. Now the two somethings that govern and direct No. 2, I will call “wisdom” and “error.”
Now as wisdom is all light, it knows no matter; and as error is made of matter (or animal life), it acts upon itself. So as error excites No. 1, its light produces a shadow, and its shadow is its own making. Now this world's wisdom is in No. 1, and the wisdom of God (or essence) is in No. 2. Now there are two directions; one, the wisdom of God (or essence); the other, the wisdom of animal life (or matter). Animal life (or matter) is always changing, and science (or wisdom's essence) (or God) is always progressing. Man is in these two somethings. Wisdom is the seed sown in matter (or ignorance). And as matter is animal life, it is disturbed by the child of wisdom and tries to get rid of it. Therefore, in its ignorance, it is excited, and the excitement brings out the child of error. So the children are conceived in the same matter and grow like the two spoken of in the Old Testament, Jacob and Esau. “Jacob (or wisdom) have I loved, but Esau (or error) have I hated.” The same characters were in the parables of Cain and Abel. Cain was the error. Abel was the wisdom.
So all through the New and Old Testaments, you can trace the two characters and know their generations, from Adam and Eve down to the present day. Error is the elder; science the younger. So the error is always before the truth in this world of matter; but truth is eternal with the father (or wisdom). Jesus illustrated these two characters by himself; the flesh and blood, or mind and matter (or animal life). The essence (or child of wisdom) was Christ (or God). So as the Christ grew in the likeness of the father (or wisdom), it threw off error (or the natural man) and became perfect in wisdom. Yet the Christ used the servant (or earthly body) as a medium to communicate to the natural man. But Jesus, the natural man, knew not Christ; only as Christ made himself manifest in his works.
These two characters were a mystery to the natural man, so the natural man called the Christ a power. So it is now. People often ask me if I can impart my power to anyone., and when I tell them it is not a power in the sense they mean, they cannot understand it, so I have to let it go. I have a power, and those that call it a power are in the same state that the people were that were looking for a second coming of Christ. When Jesus said he was near you, even in your very thoughts, they did not know it. When I say I can teach this, I mean that there are a great many persons that can learn this wisdom. And when once learned, their wisdom is a power. And to put the wisdom at the root of a tree (or error) hews it down, like the axe that strikes at the root of the tree. This wisdom is, to error (or disease), like fire; it burns up root and branch.