“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #9

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

Question: If God, our Father-Mother, is perfect, is man also perfect?

Answer: Jesus was very certain of this. He told us: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48) After all, if man is the image of God, we should be like Him. But this does not mean mortal mind or material bodies are Godlike. Man has a spiritual identity that expresses God.

“God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or reflection man, remains perfect.” (S&H 470:21-23)

In our prayers, then, we must include the truth that there is perfect God and perfect man. Why is this important? Mrs. Eddy gives us many reasons, one of which reads:

“Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to
demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration. By this I do not mean that mortals are the children of God, — far from it.” (My. 242:8-12)

This truth of perfect God-perfect man, is one that heals. A testimony is recorded in Miscellaneous Writings by one who told what happened when she began to read the textbook:

“I had already been healed of sick headache, almost instantly, by declaring that I was God’s child, and, as God is perfect, His child must be perfect also. This had given me great happiness, and a quiet, peaceful state of mind I never had known before.” (Mis. 430:4-8)

This same peaceful state of mind is one we can gain in our times of prayer by knowing of our perfection.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three:  The Lord’s Prayer”
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Our Father - Q&A #9

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