“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #7

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

Question: If the Bible calls God our “Father,” why does Science and Health call God our “Father-Mother”?

Answer: The people of Bible times lived in what is called a patriarchal society. Fathers were the authority figures for families. It was more natural for them to think of a powerful God as “Father.”

The writer of the first chapter of Genesis stated that God made man both “male and female.” Mary Baker Eddy saw that this could only be possible if God was also Mother. That is one reason why her spiritual interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer names God “Father-Mother.” She
writes in the textbook:

“Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual
creation.” (S&H: 332:4)

“In divine Science, we have not as much authority for considering God masculine, as we have for     considering Him feminine, for Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity.” (S&H 517:10)

What does this mean for man? First, that we can feel loved and embraced in the idea of God’s Motherhood. Secondly, that as God’s idea, or reflection, each of us has qualities of both Father and Mother. We reflect this completeness, as Mrs. Eddy explains:

“Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.” (S&H 516:21)

We reflect completeness!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three:  The Lord’s Prayer”  Copyright 2005.  For information explaining the book and blog, please read the About page.)

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Our Father - Q&A #7


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