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Our oneness with God

From the October 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What is my true relationship to God? This is a crucial question to answer if we are to understand who we really are. Christ Jesus, the master Teacher, answers that question in a simple but striking way. Modeling the approach he expects his students to take, he declares, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).

Jesus is not saying that he is God, since only a few moments later he explains that he is the Son of God (see John 10:36). Yet, by saying “I and my Father are one,” he invites us to dig more deeply into answering the opening question in this article, which is crucial to our ability to heal: “What is my true relationship to God?”

The Bible gives us the answer in innumerable, effective ways. The very first chapter of the Bible explains that we are all made in the image and likeness of God—totally Godlike (see Genesis 1:26, 27). On the eve of his crucifixion, Jesus prays for his followers, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us” (John 17:21). And St. Paul, in a theological discussion with some Athenians, describes our relationship to God this way: “In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

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