Father

Father

And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Matthew 23:9

Heard about this on BridgeFM radio on iphone. Interesting. To start with, it does not mean we should stop calling our paternal father, father.
What it means here is calling another earthling human (hee hee, I like this earthling punt) as father with spiritual authority, with reverential fear, with worship elements.

I like how Barne’s notes on the bible describe what it means here.

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
And call no man your Father … – This does not, of course, forbid us to apply the term to our real father. Religion requires all proper honor to be shown to Him, Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4; Ephesians 6:1-3. But the word “father” also denotes “authority, eminence, superiority, a right to command, and a claim to particular respect.” In this sense it is used here. In this sense it belongs eminently to God, and it is not right to give it to people. Christian brethren are equal. Only God has supreme authority. He only has a right to give laws; to declare doctrines that shall bind the conscience; to punish disobedience. The Jewish teachers affected that title because they seem to have supposed that a teacher formed the man, or gave him real life, and sought, therefore, to be called father. Christ taught them that the source of all life and truth was God, and they ought not to seek or receive a title which properly belongs to him.

There are several “father” terms I know of.
1. Earthly Father – Which I call papa, and my son calls me that too.
2. Abba – Aramaic word for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy
3. Heavenly Father – The biblical one whom we refers to when we pray, and whom Jesus prays to.
4. Roman Catholic Father – The one I always hear in a Roman Catholic Mass, calling the priest father (I think it’s priest).
5. Roman Catholic Pope – from Latin: papa; from Greek: πάππας (pappas), meaning father. Source wiki.

Personally, and biblical perspective, I’d take 1-3, not 4-5. Sorry folks no offence but that’s what the word of God says, not what I said.

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~ by ymsim on 2011/04/06.

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