Originally Posted by AugustBurnsRed
Sorry if this question has already been answered. I did a search but could not find anything on it.
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Does this mean that you should not call you dad, father? As that is what I think it implies, or is it that the context of the word father is different in the verse?
Thanks for any replies.
If you look at the verses around it, you will understand the meaning.
Jesus here, is talking to the people about the scribes and pharisees. They were people who followed the law, but didn't really love the law. They did it, not for the love of God, but to be recognized by people. Those pharisees and scribes worked to attain a holy title, but did nothing truly holy to get it. (Think faith without works is dead... but in reverse)
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
They do everything, not for God's glory, but for getting recognition from other people.
In verse 8, Jesus said to call no one a rabbi.
In verse 9, Jesus said to call no one father.
In verse 10, Jesus said to call no one master.
In reading the context, you see that father is a religious title, just as rabbi and master. Think of the catholics, as they have their people call the priests father.
Father (as in daddy) is fine. Father (as in priest) is bad.
Jesus was saying to the people, that the people who were in religious authority at the time, were not men of God. They may have earned the title, but they didn't deserve it.
Hope this helps.