“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #13

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: Should man fear God’s will?

Answer: If we fear God in any way, we should first learn that fear is not a normal part of man. Nothing God does should cause man to fear:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
(II Tim. 1:7)

However, it seems as if many people believe that God is responsible for some of the bad things that happen on earth. If someone dies, for instance, or a town is destroyed by an earthquake or hurricane, some may say it was “God’s will,” and that we should accept the event as right and real. But the Bible says, “God is love.” Would divine Love really want to make bad things happen? Would you want to see bad things happen to your family? Of course not. Then, why should
we believe that God would?

“God never ordained a material law to annul the spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose the supremacy of Spirit, God, and impugn the wisdom of the creator.” (S&H 273:21)

“To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s relation to God, — to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care.” (S&H 231:21-25)

We must not blame God for natural disasters, or any unfortunate happenings. They are nothing more than counterfeit forces in the act of self-destruction (see S&H 293). God’s motive is always Love. We never need to fear God or His will.

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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 #13

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