The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: What does Christian Science mean when it teaches that God is our real
Answer: Mary Baker Eddy explains in the following citations:
“God is over all. He alone is our origin, aim, and being. The real man is not of the dust, nor is he ever created through the flesh; for his father and mother are the one Spirit, and his brethren are all the children of one parent, the eternal good.” (Ret. 22)
“Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual
creation.” (S&H 332)
“I believe in God as the Supreme Being. I know not what the person of omnipotence and omni-
presence is, or what the infinite includes; therefore, I worship that of which I can conceive, first, as a loving Father and Mother; then, as thought ascends the scale of being to diviner consciousness, God becomes to me, as to the apostle who declared it, ‘God is Love,’ — divine Principle, — which I worship; and ‘after the manner of my fathers, so worship I God.’” (Mis. 96)
When we come to understand that our true identity is spiritual, we will see that God is indeed our Creator. We will see that everyone is part of God’s family, and that evil and error are no part of His creation. We should daily claim for ourselves that God is “Our Father.”
Further Study: Have you learned the “Lord’s Prayer” yet? You can find it in the Bible, and in our textbook on pages 16-17, where Mrs. Eddy has given us her spiritual interpretation of the prayer.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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