Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious
Question: Who is “our Father”?
Answer: God, the Supreme Being, is our Father. We learn this from the Bible.
In the Old Testament, God was called the Father of the nation, Israel:
“Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn.” (Ex. 4:22)
“Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.” (I Chron. 29:10)
Many years later, Christ Jesus came to show mankind that God was the Father of each and every one of us, not just the nation of Israel. He also explained to us that God is our only true parent. He said: “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”
In the “Glossary” of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy gives us a definition of the term father, as used in the Bible. It reads: “Eternal Life; the one Mind; the divine Principle, commonly called God.” (S&H 586:9-10)
So we see that God is also called “Father,” because He is — 1) the source of all Life; 2) the one and only Mind that creates; and 3) the Principle that governs all.
What about our earthly parents? We know from the Ten Commandments that we are to honor our fathers and mothers. They are our special caretakers when we are young. But Jesus came to teach us that we are more than what we seem to be. We are not mortals, created materially. We are, instead, the perfect spiritual offspring of a perfect heavenly Creator.
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(Excerpted from the book “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer” Copyright 2005. For information explaining this book and blog, please read the About page.)
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