1961 Oklahoma City Open Class
Joel S. Goldsmith
406A – Principles of Healing
Well, first of all, good afternoon.
As you know, a great deal of our work in the message of The Infinite Way has to do with spiritual healing. And spiritual healing is a subject that is arousing interest all over the world today, more so than ever before.
In ancient days there was a great deal of spiritual healing accomplished by religious leaders and their followers. The entire ministry of the Buddha was a healing ministry, and he developed many, many, many wonderful spiritual healers, and they did great healing works all across India.
Five hundred years later, Christ Jesus set up a healing ministry across the Holy Lands and he carried it to a further extent than it had ever been done before.
Throughout the Hebrew era there have been some individual prophets who had done healing work, but not on a broad scale, and not as a major part of their activity. But with the coming of the master, this was changed because his intention was to usher in a new era of religion. One that would make a complete break with the past, and it would reveal new principles. It would reveal the mystical side of religion more than the organizational side…the side of ceremonies, and rites, and forms of worship.
Because of this, he used healing as an exemplification of the principles he was teaching. You will remember that he was very clear in his statement, that I of my own self can do nothing. That if I speak of myself, I bear witness to a lie, that it is really the Father within that doeth the works, it is really the Spirit, and that he himself was probably the messenger, the way-shower, the exemplifier of that which had been revealed to him from the Father within. And so, when he heals the sick, it is not because he himself was something great, or different, or set apart, but that he was showing forth a healing principle revealed by the Father for all mankind.
In the same way, when he forgave sin, it wasn’t that he as a man was so kind-hearted that he could overlook sin, but rather that he had received the message and the mission to reveal on Earth that sin is not to be condemned or punished, but that it is to be forgiven. Not that people are to be held in bondage forever and forever for their sins or even held in this lifetime to a punishment beyond the time of their own choosing.
In other words, at any moment that an individual could turn from sin, in that moment they were to be forgiven; even though their sins were scarlet. They were to be made white as snow. Not after centuries of punishment; not after centuries of being in hell, but right now, while they’re on earth in a moment of their turning, they were to be forgiven. It is for this reason that we were told that our part in this forgiveness was to go even unto seventy times seven.
In the same way, when the master raised the dead, it wasn’t that he of himself was the power, but rather that he was exemplifying the power of the Father within, who doeth the works.
When he fed the multitudes, again, he was showing forth a principle. As a matter of fact, you will remember that after he fed the multitudes once, they followed him across the lake and the next day asked to be fed again, and he rebuked them. In other words, his mission wasn’t just to be on Earth feeding the hungry every day, it was to show forth a principle, whereby man can be fed every day.
And so we find from his ministry that he was showing forth a principle—a knowledge of God, heretofore unknown. And one that was to enable us to find, first of all our freedom, and then bring some measure of freedom to those who would come to this message or to this principle, seeking this particular light.
Now one of the passages of Scripture that requires a great deal of thought and study is this: that to know Him aright is life eternal. There is an indication in that statement, that perhaps we do not know Him aright. And there is another: that when we know Him aright, just by the knowing, we will find life eternal—just by knowing Him aright, by knowing the true nature of God we will find our life eternal. Again, following that line, we read:
ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
And again remember, he, the master, is setting forth the truth that is to be known.
Now, if you do not see the advent of the master on Earth was really the ending of a religious era and the beginning of a whole new era you will not be able to discern God aright or to know Him aright.
We of course, have unfortunately, had seventeen hundred years in which the old and the new have been combined. So that we have not been able to make a break with the past and enter the Christian dispensation. So that those today who are ready to break with the past may start that Christian era on earth now.
The master made it clear that ye have heard it said of old and then he told us all of the things that we were told of old, which now under the new dispensation is outmoded. But I say unto you, now all of this that ye have heard said of old is outmoded, it belongs to an older dispensation. It belongs to a people who had not come far enough forward in the mystical light. And therefore, the teachings of old were to be replaced with a new dispensation—a new era.
I might illustrate that for you by a little experience that took place in California last month. We were there just at the time that a man and woman were being trailed for murder. And at the same time when the Governor of the state was trying to have the death penalty wiped off the books of the state, and not once was it brought to the attention of the public (Ed. referring to the possibility of the death penalty for the accused) that all such discussion was out of order, that no one even had the right to discuss the question, because as a Christian government they were under the orders to abolish death. No longer is it permissible…and this is two thousand years ago it was stated…no longer is it permissible: an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. No longer is it permissible to commit murder as a punishment for murder. But we’ve gone along for these two thousand years disobeying that and now when the public has really caught up with the Christian idea and ideal, there are those still back in spiritual darkness, so that they cannot even be made to accept that which they, with their lips, proclaim.
The reason that this was so…such outstanding experience was that all of this coincided with Easter. And here were all of these legislators and others, undoubtedly, dutifully, and probably pleasurably, attending their Christian services and fighting with all of their might to retain the old Hebrew dispensation. It didn’t seem ridiculous to them, but it did to me, and it must to you or the retaining of any of those ye have heard it said of old in place of, but I say unto you.
Now, there is a reason behind all of this and that is this: to know God aright you have to study the four Gospels separate and apart from the Old Testament, because if you use the two together, you will gather the impression that God is a punishing God, that God is a rewarding God, that God punishes evil and God rewards good. You will also actually believe that you can pray to God to destroy your enemies. Now all of this is part of the “ye have heard it said of old”. All of this is a part of the ancient scriptures that were given to us long before man had awakened to his spiritual nature.
If you know God aright, the first thing you will discover is that God has never punished a sinner. That in the entire scheme of spiritual living, there is no provision for punishment. You will also learn that God does not reward—that there is no provision anywhere in the kingdom of God for reward. You will also learn that God does not destroy your enemy. Of course, those of you with a little gray in your hair ought to know by now that all of the years, the decades of praying that our enemies be destroyed hasn’t destroyed them yet. And if they’re to be destroyed, we’ll have to look to something other than God to do the destroying.