“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #17

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.”
(S&H 516:19-21)

“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”
Copyright 2005)

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