Lessons In Truth - Lesson 2 - Annotation 2
What is the relation of God to man, and to all His creation?
2. The relation of God to man is the father-son relationship; God created us, therefore we are His offspring. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26).
God is related to all creation (including man) as the Father of His creation; as Creator, source or first cause of all that exists, and as Mind is related to its ideas.
To create is to bring into being, to cause to exist. God's work of creating takes place in the invisible realm of divine ideas. The whole creation is a series of harmonious ideas held in Divine Mind as a plan, and these ideas are the spiritual patterns that are back of the formed world of trees, houses, rivers, mountains, places of industry, education, religion, beauty, in reality there is never any separation between God and His creation. On page 36 of the book Jesus Christ Heals we read:
"There is no absence or separation in God. His omnipresence is your omnipresence, because there can be no absence in Mind. If God were for one instant separated from His creations, they would immediately fall into dissolution. . . Mind is without metes or bounds; it is within all metes and bounds; it does not exist but inheres in all that is. Hence in spirit and in truth you can never for one instant be separated from the life activity of God even though you may not externally feel or know of His presence" (Jesus Christ Heals 36).
Scripture reminds us, "He himself giveth to all life, and breath, and all things" (Acts 17:25).
Preceding Entry: What do we mean by the nature of God? Name and explain some of the other names used to define the different aspects of God.
Following Entry: Is God a person? Explain.