Was the religion of Jesus a belief or was it a truth? Who is to say? Must the answer come from a professional believer or from the works of someone? Suppose a man should discover the truth in regard to a certain fact and should render his wisdom practicable, we should call that a science, should we not? The world who saw the effect and knew not the science or cause must acknowledge it a mystery. This class would talk about it, but the author would not talk about it, but would put it in practice.
Here are two kinds of wisdom, one reduced to a science and the other an opinion about it. Jesus put his wisdom into his works. The world talked and preached about Jesus and this was religion but it amounts to nothing for it contained no wisdom. The religion of Jesus was to put his wisdom into practice and it is what the world knew not of. It was the light that lighteth everyone that cometh into the world of wisdom; therefore to be a follower of Christ is to break from your errors and learn to understand the truth.
This truth weighs all things. It balances every act and rewards everyone according to his act. Its labor is to convince man of his errors for his happiness, not to browbeat him into a belief, but to teach him that all men were born free and that error has bound them.
Religion upholds slavery, science destroys it. The religion of Jesus, which was Christ, destroys slavery and convinces man that a slave is an emblem of his error. Wisdom is the master, so when the servant or error is above the master, evil reigns. Here are two separate identities. Error had religion to oppose the scientific man and stifle progression. Science also has a religion which liberates the prisoner. The religion of the priests was to bind the masses and keep them in subjection. Both of these characters, science and religion, are in every man, and it is hard to separate them, for the error will often assume the form of an angel.
P. P. Quimby