“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #8

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: How does man express God’s power, or will?

Answer: Man is the reflection of God. He is the image and likeness of God, as we read in the first story of Creation in Genesis. When you look in a mirror and see yourself, that image is called a reflection. God’s nature and infinite qualities are likewise reflected in spiritual man. Therefore, the power of Principle is reflected in man. Man is able to control his experience on earth. As Genesis also tells us, man was given “dominion,” or authority and mastery, on earth.

“The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself.”
(S&H 458:23-24)

“Man, made in His likeness, possesses and reflects God’s dominion over all the earth.”
(S&H 516:19-21)

“The Scriptures declare all that He made to be good, like Himself, — good in Principle and in idea. Therefore the spiritual universe is good, and reflects God as He is.” (S&H 286:17)

These citations show that we do not have to fear that any other so-called power can control us. For instance, some people believe in astrology, which suggests that the planets control our lives and destiny. But astrology cannot influence us, if we understand what Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The planets have no more power over man than over his Maker, since God governs the universe;
but man, reflecting God’s
power, has dominion over all the earth and its host.” (S&H 102:12)

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

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Thy Will #8

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