“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #16

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

Question: If our Father is “in heaven” how could He be the Parent of those of us on earth?

Answer: The phrase “which art in heaven,” was originally meant to describe God as “heavenly” — that is, He is a divine Being, rather than something earthly, or human. It is not really meant to say He is in a far away place separate from man on earth.

Mary Baker Eddy correctly interprets this phrase as “all-harmonious.” The idea that heaven
represents a state of harmony — where all ideas are in perfect agreement and coordination — is one that is often mentioned in Mrs. Eddy’s writings. Here are a few:

“Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are
harmonious and immortal.” (S&H 291:13-16)

“Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.”
(S&H 208:20)

“HEAVEN. Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (S&H 587:25)

Knowing that “our Father” is “all-harmonious,” we can feel secure that this harmony is also natural for God’s reflection, man. If something bad comes up in our day, we can handle it with the truth that harmony is God’s law and presence.

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

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