“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #11

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

Question: Did the Apostle Paul and the disciples of Jesus, believe and teach that God is our Father?

Answer: Yes, this was the “good news” that Jesus brought to mankind, and his followers continued to preach and teach this fact. You may be familiar with something the disciple John once wrote: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God.” (I John 3:1)

Paul travelled beyond Jerusalem to other regions, including Greece and Rome, spreading the message of Christ. At Mars Hill in Athens, Paul announced to the public that gathered to hear him: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” (Acts 17:28)

Paul wrote to the Romans: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ.”  (Rom. 8:16-17)

In a letter to the Galatians, Paul wrote: “And because ye are sons, God hath set forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Gal. 4:6)

Abba is a word from the Aramaic language, which is a tender expression for father, similar to our “Daddy.” Jesus used this term when praying to God on the night of his betrayal by Judas. In his darkest hour, Jesus did not forget that God was his ever-present Father. He left an example that his followers should not forget: God is Abba, “our Father.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three:  The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

Our Father - Q &A #11

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