Ah yes, but then eight pages later there is another passage that says, “Neither disease itself, sin nor fear has the power to cause disease or relapse.” Then if you were to go through the writings you’d find that there is a well defined principle that runs all through the books saying that fear isn’t a power and sin isn’t a power. I can quote one such: “Can a condition that has been healed in Christian Science return through sin or fear?” Your answer is “No.” Neither sin nor fear can bring on disease or bring back disease since there is in reality no disease. Do you see that? Now, that is why some Christian Scientists leave Christian Science because they never resolve in their own minds which of those teachings is correct. Do you see that?
Now, this same thing applies in New Thought. There is one page in the book of Dr. Ernest Holmes, and in this one page, it says that disease is caused by mental conditions, that there are mental causes for physical diseases, and on the bottom of the same page it says, “But, of course, this isn’t true when you turn to God.” There you are. And so if you were to study all of the writings of all the metaphysicians you would have twenty or thirty different principles and you’d find yourself quoting one, one day and one the next day and not realizing you are contradicting even yourself.
Now, this has resulted in the downfall of the New Thought movement. The New Thought movement in Europe is only about 10% of what it was thirty years ago. In the United States it is less than that. It has fallen down to a negligible, oh, just a little nothing, except in a few places with a few teachers and the reason is that there have been no specific principles which everyone could learn and say, “Now I know the principle. I know how to live. I know how to heal. I know how to remove fear from my life if it comes. I know how to remove sin. I know how to go through a war without getting hurt.” No, none of that happened. None of it happened because so few people ever have come to understand a principle by which to live or a set of principles.
There is really more than one principle to a truth teaching. It is necessary to have a set of principles, but the set must be consistent. It must be uniform. It dare not contain contradictions if you wish to embody these principles and live by them.
Now you will remember, and I know that most Christians don’t remember this. Rarely does it enter the mind of a Christian that Jesus Christ was a Hebrew rabbi, that he was actually an authorized rabbi in the Hebrew Synagogue in Jerusalem and that he never did leave it and he never did set up another religion—never. But he preached and taught a different set of principles than that on which the Hebrew church had been founded. That’s why he was crucified. He may not have been crucified if he had left the Hebrew Synagogue and went out and founded another religion and said, “Here I’ve got something good to teach you.” and drawn only those who where interested, but he went right smack into the Hebrew temple and attempted there to wean them away from the principles on which they had been brought up, the principles that they were taught to revere. For this, He was crucified.
Now I bring this to your attention for this reason. If you had been living in those days and had been around the Master, you would have been called on to choose: Do you want to remain a good Hebrew? Do you want to continue to worship in this holy temple in Jerusalem or obey the Master and worship in spirit and in truth? Do you wish to be a good Hebrew and obey the law of sacrifices, coming in every week or every month or every year to give your sacrifice of animals, of birds, of doves, of tithes or do you wish to follow the Master who said, “God has no pleasure in your sacrifices.”? Do you wish to be a good Hebrew and follow the rules of baptism when Jesus says, “Suffer it to be so now, but it’s all nonsense,” or circumcision—Paul was to say later, “Circumcision or not circumcision it availeth nothing.”
Ah, how would you feel about that if you were a Hebrew in that temple? Would you be ready to make your break from all of that which you had been taught was holy and without which you couldn’t get into the kingdom of God? Would you be willing to leave that for this man who says, “Leave your nets and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. I will teach you of a kingdom which is not on earth, a kingdom that nobody on earth knows about. It’s My Kingdom, and My Kingdom gives you a peace. We call it My Peace. Not the peace that the world can give you. No, no, no, if you come to me, don’t look for the peace that the Hebrew church can give you. Don’t look for the demonstrations or the joys that the Hebrew synagogue can give you because My Peace is not of this world, like My Kingdom is not of this world. You have to leave this world to be a follower of Me.” And you say, “I would like that.” Then he turns around and says, “Yes, but you must leave your mother and your brother and your sister and your father too, because they won’t like this way.” That’s where many turn back and say, “Oh, oh, not that far. No Master, not that far. I might leave my church for you, but I won’t leave my family.”
He might even explain that it doesn’t mean to run away from them and desert them. It means to let them follow their religious way of life while you pursue your religious way of life Then you say, “No, not even that far because when they go to church, they want me to go with them.” or “They always want me home when they are home.” So it comes. A decision has to be made to go on living in this world and fulfilling that which is right according to your neighbor’s value, your family’s value, or whether you have the courage to give up the past. About this, the Master says, “You can not put new wine into old bottles.”
You have to first clear out all that you formerly believed to be truth, all that you formerly believed to be right. You have to clear out in order to put this new wine into new bottles. There has to be a house cleaning. There has to be a purging. Of course, you don’t realize, do you, that that all took place two thousand years ago, that there was that sharp a cleavage between the teaching of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Hebrew synagogue, which his people had been born and brought up in and taught to live by, and that virtually he was crucified for telling them that they would have to break with their past. Leave all and follow me.
Well, when students come to The Infinite Way, they rarely, if ever, perceive that the principles of The Infinite Way are unique, that they are not to be found in other teachings. They are fooled because we use the same language that every religion does. We use “God” and “Christ” and “Spirit” and “prayer” and “treatment.” We use all the words that you are accustomed to, and not one of them has the same meaning and in many cases, we don’t even believe in the very things we’re talking about. Very few perceive that. That is why it makes no difference really, because at first, they are not seeking to learn the principles of The Infinite Way. They are seeking to have their problems solved.
It is only a rare occasion when some person comes to me and says, “I have no problems—no problems that I know about. I’m just eager to find God, and I’ve read something in your books that makes me feel you can show me the way.” Oh, that’s very rare. Usually, it is, “Oh, I’ve read something that you’ve said, and it’s beautiful and now I have a headache or a toe ache or I have a family problem or a finance problem.” Then we quickly get off onto the subject of solving the problem and rarely does the subject of, “What are the principles of The Infinite Way?”… Rarely does that subject come up again for several years. When it comes up, it comes up either when an individual comes to me or when a group like this comes who has been through many classes, heard many tapes, read many of the books, and then says, “Forgetting problems, can you talk to us about truth?”