Hallowed be Thy name.
Question: Does man also share in that holy nature of God that is separate from matter and evil?
Answer: Yes. This same holiness is a truth that Moses first heard: “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Lev. 19:1, 2)
We are also holy, or whole, but not as mortals. We have a spiritual identity, which is right where the mortal sense of body seems to be. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“While material man and the physical senses receive no spiritual idea, and feel no sensation of divine Love, spiritual man and his spiritual senses are drinking in the nature and essence of the individual infinite.” (No 19:16-20)
We have learned that man is the image and likeness of God. Man reflects God, Spirit, and therefore the quality of his substance is spiritual, or like Spirit. Man’s spirituality would not include materiality, or beliefs of matter or error.
In order to bring forth our spiritual individuality, we must identify ourselves in prayer with God, not with mortality:
“Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.” (S&H 91:5)
Here is a good truth to pray with: “A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive.” (S&H 463:12-13)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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