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To: The Iguana
Why do people ignore the admonition of Jesus Christ forbidance to "call anyone on this earth father." I just never have understood how it could be justified?
46 posted on 04/03/2005 12:40:45 PM PDT by evangmlw (")
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To: evangmlw
Well, because that passage is easy to misunderstand. The next verse, Matthew 23:10, says not to call anyone "teacher" ("master" in some translations). Yet no one gets worked up about that one.

In Matthew, Jesus is condemning the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. He is saying that they desire the titles of respect for their own purposes, not for the glory of God; which is certainly wrong. He is not categorically condemning the use of titles of respect, but rather the misuse of them for one’s self interests.

And of course there are many examples in the Epistles of men being called "father." In Romans Paul calls Abraham our father no less than eight times.

48 posted on 04/03/2005 2:02:39 PM PDT by The Iguana
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