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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

DM writes - I don't agree

DM writes - I don't agree that the spirit of the verse is that which you ascribe to it. I believe Jesus is telling us that He is God. The Father of all fathers, Master of all masters and Teacher of all teachers.

Yes, that is what I am saying. Therefore, we should not place our spiritual outcome in the hands of any earthly man to be directed by him as to how we should act and think. That is for our Father of fathers to do by His Holy Spirit. Jesus is our Lord and only He retains the prerogative to be our Lord. No man should lord over us acting as our conscience.

And, as far as teachers. We should not place all our trust in human teachers as if they cannot error. We must place our trust in Jesus, the Teacher of all teachers, the only one who cannot error. This means that at times we may have to disagree with our earthly teachers so that we may agree with our Heavenly Teacher.

“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