TO THE CHRISTIANS
Devils are False Religions.
We are told to abstain from fleshly desires that we may lose no time from the Work of the Lord. Every
moment lost is a moment that cannot be redeemed: every pleasure that intermingles with the duty of
our station is a folly unredeemable, and is planted like the seed of a wild flower among our wheat. All
the tortures of repentance are tortures of self-reproach on account of our leaving the Divine Harvest
to the Enemy, the struggles of entanglement with incoherent roots. I know of no other Christianity and
of no other Gospel than the liberty both of body and mind to exercise the Divine Arts of Imagination --
Imagination, the real and Eternal World of which this Vegetable Universe is but a faint shadow, and in
which we shall live in our Eternal or Imaginative Bodies, when these Vegetable Mortal Bodies are no
more. The Apostles knew of no other Gospel. What were all their spiritual gifts? What is the Divine
Spirit? Is the Holy Ghost any other than an Intellectual Fountain? What is the harvest of the Gospel and
its labours? What is that talent which it is a curse to hide? What are the treasures of Heaven which we
are to lay up for ourselves? Are they any other than mental studies and performances? What are all the
gifts of the Gospel? Are they not all mental gifts? Is God a Spirit who must be worshipped in spirit and
in truth? And are not the gifts of the Spirit everything to Man? O ye Religious, discountenance every
one among you who shall pretend to despise Art and Science! I call upon you in the name of Jesus!
What is the life of Man but Art and Science? Is it meat and drink? Is not the Body more than raiment?
What is Mortality but the things relating to the Body, which dies? What is Immortality but the things
relating to the Spirit, which lives eternally? What is the Joy of Heaven but improvement in the things of
the Spirit? What are the Pains of Hell but Ignorance, Bodily Lust, Idleness, and devastation of the things
of the Spirit? Answer this to yourselves, and expel from among you those who pretend to despise the
labours of Art and Science, which alone are the labours of the Gospel. Is not this plain and manifest to
the thought? Can you think at all, and not pronounce heartily: that to labour in knowledge is to build up
Jerusalem; and to despise knowledge is to despise Jerusalem and her Builders. And remember: He who
despises and mocks a mental gift in another, calling it pride and selfishness and sin, mocks Jesus, the
giver of every mental gift, which always appear to the ignorance-loving hypocrite as sins; but that which
is a sin in the sight of cruel Man, is not so in the sight of our kind God. Let every Christian, as much
as in him lies, engage himself openly and publicly, before all the World, in some mental pursuit for the
Building up of Jerusalem.
I stood among my valleys of the south,
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