108. Is it OK to call your father (or anyone else) father?


God commands us to honor our fathers.
Honour thy father and thy mother. Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Ephesians 6:2
He referred to Eliakim as "a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem."
My servant Eliakim ... shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isaiah 22:20-21
Elijah was Elisha's mentor, whom he addressed as "father."
Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father. 2 Kings 2:11-12
The King of Israel also addressed Elisha as "father."
And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? 2 Kings 6:21
Paul referred to Isaac as "our father."
Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac. Romans 9:10
The author of 1 John addressed his letter to a group of men whom he called "fathers."
I write unto you, fathers....
I have written unto you, fathers.... 1 John 2:13-14

No, you have no father but God.

Jesus was very clear about this. No one but God should be called "father."
Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Matthew 23:9

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