“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #14

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

Question: If God is “Our Father,” does that mean we are all part of one really big family?

Answer: Yes! We have countless brothers and sisters. As God’s spiritual children, we all share one Father-Mother. Learning to see this “brotherhood of man” is an important goal. This does not mean we place less value on our earthly family, which is a special place where we learn to love and be loved by others. It does mean we can work to expand our sense of family to include all of God’s ideas. Mary Baker Eddy explained the practical benefits of this when she wrote:

“It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.” (S&H 467:9-13)

“With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.” (S&H 469:30-5)

“The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” (S&H 518:15-19)

When you pray the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, open your heart to all mankind. We are all
included in God’s family.

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

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Our Father- Q&A #14


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