September 17, 2017

All Men Have Gone Out of The Way—None Doeth Good

by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

What did Jesus [Paul] mean to convey when he said all men had gone out of the way, that there was none doing good, no not one? It is generally understood that man had wandered away from God and had become so sinful that he was in danger of eternal banishment from the presence of God. And unless he repented and returned to God, he would be banished from His presence forever. This being the state of mankind, God, seeing no way whereby man could be saved, gave His only son as a ransom for the redemption of the world. Or, God made Himself manifest in the flesh and came into the world, suffered and died, and rose again to show us that we should all rise from the dead.

This is the belief of most of the Christian world. Its opposers disbelieved all the above story but death. They can't help believing that man dies and they have a belief that there will be some sort of hocus-pocus or chemical change, that the soul or spirit will jump out at death and still have an existence somewhere. After the soul is set at liberty, it can go and stay just where it pleases. Others believe it goes to God, there to be in the presence of God and be a saint and sing hallelujahs forever.

All the above embraces all of mankind's belief and in this belief they feel as though Jesus Christ was the author and finisher of their faith. These beliefs embrace all the horrors of a separation from this world and a doubt whether man will obtain that world beyond this life.

Now you see no person is in danger of this change but the sick, for if a person is well he can't be dead and if he does not die, he is in no danger of heaven or hell; therefore to keep well you keep clear of both. This was just about the same belief that the people had before Christ began his reform.

I will try to show that Jesus never taught one single idea of all the above but condemned the whole as superstition and ignorance. He not only condemned the idea of a world independent of man but proved that there was none by all his sayings and doings. He looked upon all the above theories or beliefs as false and tending to make man unhappy.

These beliefs Jesus came to destroy and establish the Kingdom of God or truth in this world or belief, for the two beliefs are both in ourselves and we become the servant of the one we obey. And the embracing of the true Christ is the resurrection from the dead, for the dead know nothing. Therefore to be dead in sin or ignorance is a separation from God or truth and to know God is to know ourselves, and this knowledge is in Christ or truth.

Now what is the difference between Christ's belief and the world's belief? Christ had no belief. His kingdom was an everlasting kingdom, without beginning or end. It is a science based on an eternal truth. It does not contain an opinion or belief. It is all knowledge and power and will reign till all beliefs and error shall be destroyed. The last error or belief is death or ignorance, and truth or science will reign till ignorance is destroyed. Then the son or law shall be subject to God.


Quotation by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Daily Quotation of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby for Sunday, September 17, 2017

Jesus, as a man of flesh and blood, as we all are, purified his own life, received this eternal life in the name of Christ and took all our opinions that would have killed him if he had been ignorant of the truth, rose again, pure and clean from all priestcraft and superstition and then denounced the priests and doctors as the enemies of the happiness of man. Now to be a follower of Christ is to do the things that he did, but to be a believer in Christ embraces what you know nothing of, only as a belief. There is a vast difference between a belief and knowledge. Knowledge is wisdom and does not contain a belief. A belief is error or the wisdom of this world and the only way to tell them apart is to detect them by their work or fruits.” ~Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

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