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God Is Not Everyone's Father

Contrary to popular opinion, God may not be your father. That's because God is not everyone's father. Having accepted the lie that God owes them, that truth is hard for many people to hear. Or, rather, they need to buy the lie of the universal Fatherhood of God in order to convince themselves that they are ok and that everything will turn out ok.

If God is everyone's father, it stands to reason that everything will be ok, right? I mean, what father would allow his children to ultimately and finally suffer if it was in his power to protect his kids? The answer is that no loving father would withhold his protection from his children. Ergo, and finishing the argument of those who believe in the universal Fatherhood of God, since God is "my" father, I don't need to worry; God my father is love. However, the belief that every human can claim God as their Father is as dangerous as it is wrong.

To be clear, every human that has ever lived or will live has a relationship with God — the relationship of created to Creator. As the creator of all things, God has the right to set the terms and conditions of that relationship. According to the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:23, "all [humans] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Sadly, the relationship that humans have with God has been severed by sin. This is why Paul adds a little later in Romans that, "sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin" (Romans 5:12). But, I may be getting a little ahead of myself because some defining of terms may be in order.

Readers may already be readying their fingers to type in the comment section the verses in the Bible that appear to refute me. I'll get to a few of those verses in a second, but first, a distinction needs to be made between two ways to use the word father.

J. Gresham Machen explains it much more eloquently than I can in his seminal book Christianity and Liberalism, so I will lean on him:

[God] is the Author of the being of all, and as such might well be called the Father of all. He cares for all, and for that reason also might be called the Father of all. Here and there the figure of fatherhood seems to be used [in the Bible] to designate this broader relationship which God sustains to all men or even to all created beings. ... Here and there the terminology of fatherhood and sonship is even used to describe this general relationship. But such instances are extremely rare. Ordinarily the lofty term 'Father' is used to describe a relationship of a far more intimate kind, the relationship in which God stands to the company of the redeemed.