God Is Not Our “Daddy”!

I’m sorry, but God is not our “daddy”! To call the Almighty God “Daddy” is misguided at best, and disrespectful (in Biblical terms, profane!) at worst!
I have never believed the claim that “Abba” is a term of childish endearment reserved for New Testament Christians. Going back to prophetic times or farther, it has been common for orthodox Jews of all ages, to refer to their parents as Abba and Eema. It is simply a respectful term for “father”, or the more Middle-Eastern form, “my father.”
The word, Abba, is found three times in the ESV New Testament:
Mark 14:36 (ESV)
[36] And he [Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane] said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Romans 8:15 (ESV)
[15] For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Galatians 4:6 (ESV)
[6] And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
So, what is the significance of this twofold representation, if both words are equivalent? Abba was originally an Aramaic term, which was “borrowed” by Hebrew. It is the respectful way the children in Israel would have addressed their fathers. I believe that the Greek language of the 1st century Scriptures was simply repeating it the way it was spoken by Jews, and then translating it into Greek for those not understanding it.
There are a number of good treatments of this subject on the Internet. This link is one that goes into the origin of the false “daddy” idea:
By the way, an OT example of the same term is found in
Isaiah 8:4 (ESV)
[4] for before the boy knows how to cry ‘My father’ or ‘My mother,’ the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria.”,
which is presented in the Complete Jewish Bible as
Isaiah 8:4 (CJB)
[4] because before the child knows how to cry, ‘Abba*!’ and ‘Eema*!’, the riches of Dammesek* and the spoil of Shomron* will be carried off and given to the king of Ashur*.”

Author: Ron Thompson

Retired President of R. L Thompson Engineering, Inc.

4 thoughts on “God Is Not Our “Daddy”!”

  1. I’ve heard this “Daddy” explanation a lot and it has always bothered me. It is usually used to apply to our relationship to God and does seem disrespectful. We have lost our understanding of the holiness and awesomeness of Almighty God.

  2. SCRIPTURE also says:
    Proverbs 28:9  
    If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

    John 9:31
    We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

    1 John 3:4  
    Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for SIN IS TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW.

    ALL the while people are judging others for calling YHWH “Daddy”, there are BEAMS of wood abound.

  3. Sorry, Michael, WordPress is not a very user friendly blogging vehicle, and I didn’t see your reply until just now, a month after you posted it.

    I assume you are referring to my first sentence. I don’t agree that that is a judgmental statement in the sense of splinters and beams. I’ve stated an opinion that people who refer to God as “Daddy” are either being disrespectful (which I think requires intent) or are misguided in using the term. When I have heard it used my church (I’m not a hundred percent sure what “Michael” I’m speaking to here), I would say that it has ALWAYS been the latter.

    My blog is intended to be an outlet for my own personal opinions on various subjects. If one disagrees with me, then by definition either he or I is either dishonest or misguided! I make no apologies for stating opinions, and I expect nobody to apologize to me for disagreeing!

    I am a member of my church because I am in substantial agreement with my pastors on most issues. There is nobody on earth I agree with 100% of the time. If you know me (I think you do), then you know that I am an opinionated old coot. As a septuagenarian, I can’t stand the thought of leaving earth without giving my opinion on things that interest me.

    God bless!

    1. The Name (Ha Shem) is about essence and likeness.
      Living out His character. Im not sure calling Him daddy really matters, but what does is our character.
      Jesus said anything you pray in my name (shem) it will be given to you. He is the Word/Torah made flesh, and living in obedience to him is living in the shem of Yah. Daddy, Father etc. are a sidenote. Whats your character look like? Eating pork, discarding the sabbath, profaning the holy temple (body) with unclean things…..watching things on tv contrary to His character……these things are important to the Father.

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