Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious
Question: What is man’s true nature as a child of God?
Answer: Man’s nature is like God’s nature, because man is the reflection and “the image and likeness” of God. Consider your own reflection in a mirror. The reflection is not the real you, but merely looks like you. It repeats your actions. However, unlike your image in a mirror, God’s
image and likeness is not separate from Him, but is reflected within the Allness of Mind. Mary Baker Eddy had a lot to say about man as reflection. For example:
“Man is the family name for all ideas, — the sons and daughters of God. All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.” (S&H 515:21)
“Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.”
“Because man is the reflection of his Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, decay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not divine.” (S&H 305:27)
Not only is man dependent upon God, but God needs man to be reflection. Mrs. Eddy writes:
“If God, who is Life, were parted for a moment from His reflection, man, during that moment there would be no divinity reflected. The Ego would be unexpressed, and the Father would be
childless, — no Father.” (S&H 306:8)
Now there is a reason for living! We are all needed to be God’s reflection. You must live, and
express God’s qualities!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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