“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #6

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious

Question: What does it mean that man is an idea of God?

Answer: Once we accept the truth of the Bible that God created heaven and earth, including man, and we see that God is our Father, we want to understand more of what that really means for us.

We learn in Christian Science that God is the one divine Mind. Mind can only create ideas. Mind’s kingdom is a realm of thought, not material things. Mrs. Eddy included in the textbook a dictionary definition of the term idea, which reads: “an image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding.” (S&H 115:17-18) This is the meaning she uses when she writes the following
about man as the idea of divine Mind:

“God creates and governs the universe, including man. The universe is filled with spiritual ideas, which He evolves, and they are obedient to the Mind that makes them.” (S&H 295:5-8)

“Man is the eternal idea of his divine Principle, or Father. He is neither matter nor a mode of mortal mind, for he is spiritual and eternal, an immortal mode of the divine Mind.”  (No 25:13-16)

Just like the thoughts we seem to have in mind, or consciousness, God’s ideas exist only in divine Mind. They are not separate or outside of Mind. Therefore, our true home remains within the divine Mind, even if we cannot see that for now. It is one of those facts, or truths, we
should affirm about our identity as man, the idea of God, in spite of appearances.

(Excerpted from “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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Our Father - Q&A #6

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