“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #18

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

Question: How do we see ourselves and others as God’s spiritual children, when we seem to be surrounded by mortals and a material world?

Answer: At first, we have to identify ourselves with God, even if what we see and feel with our physical senses does not seem very Godlike. Through prayer and scientific thinking, we will develop the spiritual senses needed to recognize the divine qualities that express man as God’s reflection.

“When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.”  (S&H 264:28)

“Man’s genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true.” (S&H 294:25-26)

This next citation shows us the grand things that can happen when we learn to turn away from material thinking and affirm our status as God’s spiritual child:

“Self-renunciation of all that constitutes a so-called material man, and the acknowledgement and achievement of his spiritual identity as the child of God, is Science that opens the very flood-gates of heaven; whence good flows into every avenue of being, cleansing mortals of all uncleanness, destroying all suffering, and demonstrating the true image and likeness.”  (Mis. 185:7-14)

When you pray and acknowledge God as your Father, promise that you will look for His goodness in yourself and others.

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

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