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Call no man father.

De Maria's picture

Hello all,

On another topic, the Esteemed Julabee Jones is castigating Catholics roundly for calling priests, father.

She bases that opinion on Jesus' injunction, "call no man father". Now I don't see any qualifications there. Jesus didn't say, don't call priests father. He said
And call no man your father upon the earth.... Matthew 23:9

Yet, I've met no one, Protestant or Catholic, who doesn't call their dad, father. Except a few disrespectful children.

So I was wondering, what do you call your father? A question, by the way, which the sweet Julabee, has yet to answer.


De Maria

JeffLogan's picture

Call no man your father upon

Call no man your father upon the earth

Matthew 23

    9 And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven.
    9 Et patrem nolite vocare vobis super terram: unus est enim pater vester qui in cælis est.

The Word of God can speak volumes to the simplest human mind and still confound the wisest. It can be studied an entire lifetime and still retain mysteries yet to be comprehended. Some passages are easy to understand and others require great effort while still others may remain a mystery our entire life. These qualities of the Bible reveal its true author. Thus, when we come to the Bible we should have the teachable spirit of a child and seek the aid of the Holy Spirit to guide our understanding.

When Jesus said not to call any man upon earth our father he was not referring to a child's endearing term for their earthly paternal father for in the law we are commanded to honor our father. He meant that no man is to subordinate his spiritual interest to another person in the same way that a child is guided and directed by an earthly father. "For one is your Father, which is in heaven."

This practice of placing explicit trust in human men and of calling them "Father" in the sense of being our spiritual guide has caused those in positions within the church to covet a spirit desirous of superiority. They have loved the exalted titles and privileges which have resulted. This undo level of trust and the flattery of being addressed as "Father" has cause positive injury to morally weak human men. This prerogative belongs to God along who is our spiritual Father who guides mature men who humble themselves as children. No human being can stand in this position without interfering with the Father/child relationship between man and God and bringing condemnation upon himself--presuming himself worthy to become another man's spiritual Father.

    2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
    3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

    1 Peter 5:2-3 (KJV)

“The path of true piety is so plain as to require
but little political direction.” --George Washington,
re: absence of "Jesus Christ" in U.S. Constitution.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV