Please Stop Calling God Daddy

Stop calling god daddy

“Hey Daddy…” “Daddy God…” just a few of the countless prayer openers I’ve heard in which people refer to God as their “daddy”. This has always bothered me to no end, but I could never put a finger on why. Maybe it’s for the same reason I cringe out of creepiness when a grown 25-year-old woman still refers to her father as daddy. Maybe it’s for the same reason that if you met President Barak Obama in person, out of respect for who he is, you wouldn’t call him Barry. Whatever the reason was, something just did not sit right with me about calling the all powerful, creator of the universe…daddy.

Now don’t get me wrong. It’s impossible to deny that God is portrayed as a father throughout scripture. Even Jesus refers to God as Father, and I don’t think I can argue with Him. The picture of God as a father is not what bothers me. It’s the word “daddy”.

For a long time it has been taught that when scripture uses the word “Abba” to refer to God, this is the language a child would have used, and the best translation is daddy. But what if I were to tell you that daddy is actually a terrible translation of the Aramaic word Abba?

 

Some Cultural Background

Abba was not a word only used by young children. It was also a word that Jewish people used for their parents once they were fully grown. This was a word that displayed affection, but maturity at the same time when speaking to your father. It displayed the relationship one has with their father, while at the same time communicating great respect.

According to the scholar Georg Schelbert from the University of Fribourg “in the Aramaic language of the time of Jesus, there was absolutely no other word available if Jesus wished to speak of, or address God, as father.”

 

ABBA in Scripture

There are 3 times that Abba is used in Scripture, and each time it is very careful not to be too casual in the way it addresses the almighty God. Each time it is used, it is followed by the Greek word “Pater”. This is not a Greek word for daddy. The Greek language has a word for daddy. It’s “Pappas”. But the Greek doesn’t use that word with Abba. Instead, it uses “Pater”. Pater is a very respectful term for father and is partnered with Abba in order to make sure this term of intimacy does not become an excuse for immaturity.

 

Translating the word

There is no English equivalent for the word Abba. What this word achieves in the Aramaic language is showing an intimate relationship while still showing great esteem and respect. Way better translations would be

  • Dear Father
  • Dearest Father
  • My Father

These phrases still capture the warm intimacy but at the same time the deep reverence we have for our Father in heaven. It expresses our relationship while establishing dignity.

 

My biggest issue with the word daddy (besides being a totally irresponsible translation of Abba) is that, while God is our Father, he is still the all powerful creator of the universe. He accepts us as his children and loves us, but all of that power is not to be made light of.

Our relationship with God as our father is amazing and one of the best ways we can connect the way God feels toward us with something we experience here on Earth. I get that people connect with God by viewing him through certain terms. But I’ll say the same thing I would say to someone referring to their earthly father. If you’re 4, go for it, call God daddy all you want. But if you’re grown, and you no longer talk like a baby, then please stop calling God daddy.

 

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63 thoughts on “Please Stop Calling God Daddy

    • Do Not Judge!! You don’t have the Authority! You are Not God! Don’t be directing others if you cannot direct yourself. Stop creating division from your oppion. I don’t care what school you’ve gone through. It doesn’t mean a thing. Question do you practice Paganism?? Unless you humble yourself like a child you Can Not Enter…

    • Calling God Daddy. The best way I can explain why God tests us on this world is to explain it through an example of how a daddy would test his children in order to strengthen them for the world. It works beautifully. Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy. Don’t knock it if it works and reaches people.

      • Thanks for the reply. I have thought about this a lot, and it’s where I struggle. Do you believe that a person can call God ANYTHING they want “if it works”? What if it worked for someone to call God a cuss word? Is that still ok because it reaches that person? My argument was that maybe we should only use names for God that are in Scripture, and Daddy isn’t in Scripture. What are your thoughts on when/if there is a line?

    • “Pet peeve” is a personal inhibition…..not scripture. “Your thoughts” whether good, bad or indifferent are simply opinions…….not scripture. If “you” have yet to know God as your Lord, Savior, Father….and yes, Daddy, you are cheating yourself. It’s a WONDERFUL life changing experience when you come to the place where God fills all the empty places in your life. And He is so Sovereign that He can occupy the role of “Daddy” without losing His Holiness. Honoring God as Daddy should not be a pet-peeve (aka….personal hang-up). It should be highly regarded, celebrated and viewed as noble.

      • Amen and Amen – and yes yes yes! Daddy God and His Love for us in sending His own Only Begotten Son to Die for us, Heal us, and Deliver us from Destruction, should – by the Power of The Holy Spirit that works within EVERY Born Again Believer – Convict us of our Righteousness in Christ Jesus – and the RIGHT to call on our Daddy by His First Name!

  1. This was a very interesting read. I’m curious as to why the word “daddy” seems to repulse you. There are many women (mainly southern) who still refer to their daddies with the same innocent love and affection as when they were a child and I think it’s beautiful. I don’t agree that the word “Daddy” is immature or disrespectful by any means.

    Also, how can you judge a person’s heart when they are praying and addressing God as, “Dear Daddy.” They could mean it in the most sincere and loving manner. Just as a child looks into his/her father’s eyes with a deep affection and says “Daddy, I love you!” Jesus loved little children the most. I would like to think that He would be touched to see that carried on into adulthood.

    I’m curious, do you refer to Natalie as “wife”? Or a loving term of endearment such as,”sweetheart, dear, hon?”

    I don’t personally call my patriarch “Father” because it sounds too distant and formal. As if we didn’t have a close relationship. Daddy, in my opinion is much closer – not disrespectful or immature.

    Just a few thoughts from a different perspective 🙂

    • Good points Monica. A few thoughts

      1. I do think it’s weird when grown people use the word daddy but ill admit I dont understand fully a father daughter relationship so I won’t judge.

      2. I’m not saying calling God daddy is a heart issue. I’m saying there is zero scriptural support for that being a name of God.

      3. I’m not married to Jesus. I wouldn’t call him a hottie either 😉

      4. Everytime God (the all powerful creator of the universe) is addressed in the Bible (even by Jesus) it is VERY formal.

      • Vine’s Expository Dictionary, which is one of the most widely respected and corroborated sources for interpretation of Scripture (most commonly used along with Strong’s Concordance) gives an explanation of how Abba became used as a term of endearment for children addressing their dads in that culture and how pairing the terms Abba and Father together relate specifically to a child’s love and trust for their [dad]. (sourcing itself from the Gemara – a highly respected rabbinical teaching for Jews). So if Jesus encouraged us to humble ourselves and approach God as children, it seems to corroborate. Use of the English term of endearment used by children, daddy, sure seems to fit just fine.

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        Having child-like intimacy with our Heavenly Father is 100% Scriptural. Furthermore, the vast majority of adult people in the US call their dad, “dad”. Not father. Daddy is just a variation of dad. It’s not immature to call your dad, “dad”. It’s honorable. It’s relational. So using your argument that “daddie” is childish (to some men) in our culture. Dad is not childish at all.

        So maybe they should just call God “dad” instead of daddy so you won’t cringe? LOL

      • Ben,
        I appreciate your comments. I think your first paragraph (with the exception of the last sentence) actually jives pretty well with my post. As far as your comment as a whole, you raise some good points. I guess it ultimately comes down to a difference of opinion. I think Dad and Daddy are different in the way I used the example of calling our president Barry. What I would have said (but you already beat me to it haha) is that there is a difference between child-like and childish. We will just have to agree to disagree on which camp daddy falls in. Thanks for reading man!

      • A few more thoughts…
        1. Fortunately you are not required to understand a father/ daughter relationship. Or another brother’s father/son relationship, for that matter. We are to be immersed in desiring and chasing after our own personal, ongoing, deepening relationship with our Heavenly Father, as He is with us.
        2. At the risk of sounding flippant, do we need scriptural “support” to use the term “Daddy” in prayer? When I’m spending time with my Father, I’m pouring my heart out to Him. I’m basking in His full attention, and I am instructed to approach His throne of grace boldly at any time.
        3. I’m truly sorry you’re not married to Jesus. 🙂 The church is called the Bride of Christ, a beautifully adorned Bride our Savior will be soon coming back to claim. Amen to that!!
        4. One of many incomprehensible facets of God; creator of the universe, author of salvation, passionate lover of fallen man. The apostle John always referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”, and was forever leaning on Him, handling Him, loving on Him. And He was charged with the welfare of Jesus’ mother. If Jesus is cool with John’s display of affection, it’s good enough for me.

    • As a Father of a daughter there is no sweeter word in the universe than when she calls me Daddy. It was wonderful when she was three and not that she is grown it’s even sweeter. I know it’s not disrespectful. It’s exactly the opposite. Those who only know God as Creator or God or Father and don’t know him as Daddy should take time to get to know him better. Jesus said unless you humble yourself as a child you can’t even see his kingdom. Jesus said if you have seen me you have seen the Father and he cuddled little children and blessed them. I love my Daddy in heaven and I mean that with the utmost worship and respect and honor. He is glorious God Almighty, all powerful Creator, King of heaven and earth and even being all those things he loves it when I call him Daddy.

      • Michael,
        Thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment. I totally understand what you are saying. My question is, at what point do we draw the line? My father’s name is Keith and I have a great relationship with him. Does that mean I can call God Keith? I have a close relationship with my roommate from college. Does that mean I can call God my roommate from college? The beautiful relationship you have with your daughter is a picture of our relationship with God, but that does not mean it IS our relationship with God. Is it ok to call God anything we want because of how it makes us “feel” or should we stick to how He is referred to in scripture?

      • Amen Michael!!! I couldn’t have written it any better. I was going to comment almost the same exact way……My biological dad was very abusive to myself and my sister. Daddy God is the only Daddy I have ever truly known. He hears me when I call and he answers when I call him Daddy God. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I like your direction, I’m just not sure a grown woman calling her daddy is immature or bad. He’s not her “heavenly Father”, he’s made of clay just like her. I do agree with you regarding the lack of reverence implied by using daddy.

    I do think that since a large portion of the church has gone ” casual” there is a real tendency to take the things of God casually, or even take the King of Kings casually. I think wanting to call Him daddy comes from the need of man, not God. Reverence and respect are slowly eroding.

  3. God is the Creator of the Universe. When He said, “Let there be light,” there was light! He spoke this world into existence. He is the beginning & the end. He is, “I AM,” which to me is EVERYTHING!! But yet, as King of Kings & Lord of Lords, He desires a personal relationship with ME! He knew me/you/us while even being formed in the womb & HE desires a relationship. He has created us as a peculiar people. No one on this earth has your DNA or my DNA yet he knows every name & how many hairs on our head. That is how much God loves us. Who are you to decide what someone calls Him? I thank God I do not look to you for spiritual guidance. Your page, your right, your opinion. Out of all due respect, I encourage you to search for that relationship & post more encouraging words of help & love for a dying world. Just my opinion & experience w/my God, my Father, my Daddy, my EVERYTHING!

  4. I agree. God is our Father and when we call Him Daddy it lowers Him to our level. We are not at his level and calling Him Daddy is disrespectful. Just like calling my Aunt … I would never use her name with out saying aunt… or calling a Minister by his first name. I do think God hears our prayers however He wants us to respect and to fear him. You can’t fear something you are equal too and calling Him Daddy does that. I also hear kids calling Jesus my home boy. There are so many other names to call God that honors Him. Thank you for posting exactly what I think.

  5. I find this exposition totally lacking in grace and ignorance of the beautiful heart of Father God. I was physically and verbally abused by my earthly ‘Father’ all my life since a baby. It has taken me 47 years to have the courage to trust God enough to call him Father. I had no problem being friends with Jesus but I kept away from God the Father as the name Father repulsed me. Many of the people I meet in the world have the same experience and see God as distant, angry or disinterested. Please don’t have the audacity to comment on anyone’s relationship with Father God, Daddy, Pa. Pop or whatever as you are treading on scared ground. When I accepted Father God He AUDIBLY invited me to call him Daddy which I have accepted. Praise Jesus!!!

    • Oh Mog, you have truly entered into the very Relationship that Daddy called you into through Jesus!! How Blessed you are – enjoy your Intimacy with Daddy – more and more and more each day!If only the other Pharisees could let go of their – self opinionated – self called – “Biblical correctness” – the sooner they would discover the “warmth and safety in Daddy’s arms and on His Chest!!

  6. G’day mate, I understand where you’re coming from as others have raised this very point before, but when it’s the Holy Spirit inside you guiding you into love, warmth and truth with the Father, what is it to me what people in the bible say or do? When I call God my daddy God or Abba God I feel the utmost love, warmth, intimacy and connection stream through my soul like a rushing river of life. He truly is affectionate, warm, loving, gentle and personal in ways only he is able to be. It’s one thing to study scripture but quite another to have a relationship as real as any through Jesus/Yeshua that binds you to the Creator as your daddy God. The same way a father on earth delights in his child calling him daddy, so God loves being called daddy too. I have nothing but the utmost love, respect and reverance for him. He is my everything and my all, my daddy God. It’s all about having a personal relationship with him that is truly special. If you don’t share in this then I wholeheartedly endorse you to pray that the Holy Spirit can guide you into such intimacy, because it is real and what God seeks with everyone.

    • Well said Matt. Just let me add “… But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20b) I can only imagine his son in His arms crying and saying “Daddy, daddy!”. Portrait yourself there Chris, what do you think?

  7. I liked the article and agree that Abba doesn’t mean “daddy,” but it does mean something like “Dad,” which is still used in at least American English by adults talking to their Fathers. I know of no one who would call their father “Father,” e.g. “Hello Father, how was your day?” sounds oddly and overly formal (unless of course this was said in an ironic or goofy tone). So, translating Abba as “dad” or even “papa” works. Interesting to note that in Arabic, Swahili, and Farsi (to name a few), the word used is “Baba” (a variant obviously), and again is meant both formally and intimately. Thus, the question in trying to translate Abba would be simply “what word do both children and adults use for their Father?” and it’s simply “Dad” (I never once called my father “Father” only and always “Dad.”)

  8. There is an awful lot of eisegesis taking place by many of your commenters. They need to learn to pay attention to the CONTEXT of Jesus saying we must humble ourselves as little children, and STOP ripping it from its context and applying nonsensical interpretations upon it. Jesus saying that, and the use of “Abba, Father,” are two completely different things altogether. Using “Daddy” to speak of God in the least, regardless of how close a relationship you think you have with Him, is improper, disrespectful, ungodly, and unChristian. Try using your brains, opening your eyes, and paying attention to where this “daddy” nonsense arose. For 2,000 years of Christianity, you never heard a single preacher attempt to call God “daddy.” It started in the Emergent “Church,” used by false teachers, such as Joseph Prince. God is NOT your daddy. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, what word did He use? “Our Father.” In Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17, what word did He use? “Father.”

    For your commenters who are performing eisegesis with their ignorance by saying “Do not judge,” I suggest you people try READING your Bibles. We are commanded to judge repeatedly. In fact, do yourselves a favour and look up the English word “judge” in a dictionary. Notice how there are multiple meanings? To discern is judging. To question is judging. To examine is judging. ALL of which we are COMMANDED to do in Scripture. The ONLY judging we are NOT to do is condemning in a legal sense. I can judge you until the cows come home, but I am not to judge you in condemnation. In other words, I can listen to what you say and watch what you do and I CAN judge you for it. I can judge you correctly 10 different ways and still NOT be judging you the wrong way by condemning you. Jesus Himself told us to judge with righteous judgment. STOP ripping Bible verses out of context and misapplying them according to your own ignorance!!! If you don’t know what the word “judge” means, quit using it. Educate yourself as to its correct meanings and usages, as well as the multiple times we are commanded to judge in the Bible. Going around spewing “Judge Not, Judge Not” just makes you look like an idiot.

    Regardless of how you “feel” about it, your opinion is irrelevant. Calling God “daddy” IS disrespectful, childish, and a mockery. It shows ZERO reverence. Claiming that calling Him “daddy” shows you have a greater relationship with Him is hogwash. All it shows is that you don’t actually know Who God is in the least. HE is the Creator, YOU are the created creature. HE is the Master, YOU are the slave (Rom. 6). HE is Almighty and Sovereign over ALL things, yet YOU want to lower and debase Him and treat Him like He’s your “buddy” and call Him your “daddy”? The person you’re calling “daddy” is the result of your own idolatry, creating a god in your own image to suit your own perverse desires because you refuse to accept the God of the Bible and to subject yourselves to Him. You fail to retain the Creator-Creature dynamic. YOU are NOT His equal, NOR will you ever be! Quit calling God by bogus terms associated with a false “love.” The “love” the modern church, and especially the Charismatic cults, keep preaching and singing in their so-called “worship” songs is EROS love, the romantic, bodily, erotic love. It is romanticizing the relationship between Jesus and ourselves. God is NOT our girlfriend or boyfriend and we need to STOP singing crappy ungodly songs like this. The love the modern church fails to grasp and understand, let alone preach on and sing about, is AGAPE love, the sacrificial, unconditional, paternal love. EROS love is the mushy nonsense false teachers like Kari Jobe sing about God, romanticizing the language to perverse measures. AGAPE love is completely different. The problem is, the modern church has no respect or reverence for the Almighty Sovereign Creator God. Even less so within the Charismatic cult “churches” where the members are fed hypnotic suggestions and are brainwashed thoroughly to the point where they would drink the Kool-Aid provided for the Jonestown cult.

    As far as Vine’s Expository Dictionary, that is a tool for amateurs. It contains many errors. A better tool is AMG’s Word Study Dictionaries (which also contain certain errors). An even better tool is The Englishman’s Hebrew/Greek Lexicons. Along with that is the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (10 vols).

  9. Well done for writing on this issue. Its a tricky one but you’re right. God loves us more than we can ever imagine. I guess that is the reason Paul has reverted to praying in Ephesians ch 3!! But God is at the same time holy beyond what we can even conceive. Paul is referring to the same God who Moses describes in Exodus ch 15. The problem “we” have is our mindset. The 21st century world view simply is uneasy with ambiguity. As the great Jewish Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “The Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere. The modern man learns in order to use”

  10. Daddy fine. We actually need more people to get a better sense of God as their Father. It is odd when people substitute “Father” for God. No one says I called Father today. They say I called dad or my father.

    • Amen and Amen. You know that you can Boast of His Love for you – when you call Him daddy- the curtain/veil was torn from top to bottom – and you are in Christ – seated on the right hand of daddy Himself- in a place of Honour!!

  11. I think that you are bordering on becoming a control freak! Daddy is the “most intimate” name that any Born again believer – born of the DNA of Christ Himself (we were placed in Christ before the foundation of the world) – could ever use – when talking with Daddy Himself!! Jesus came to to “introduce” GOD – as His Father and ours too – so you call Him what you want to – (He wont hold it against you ) – and the rest of us ( like John – the disciple that Jesus loved) will remain convinced – and boast – of His Love for us – rather than our(human- vessels) love for Him – and we will continue to address our glorious Saviour as Daddy!

  12. This is by far the best article I have ever read in my entire life. And I have read many an article in my time. I have a follow up question… Do you think that Jesus ever called God “Daddy”? And if so, do you think that any of his friends looked at him weird when he did so? And what if God likes being called “Daddy”? Maybe even through in a “Papi” now and then… Anyway, may Daddy’s grace be in your face! And may the Force be with you!

    • I certainly agree with you. I think Jesus did call god “Daddy” but only under his tent at night preforming in his own way of worship.

      • I have to agree with the author. I don’t think he’s coming from a legalistic mindset, nor is being “controlling”, or “uptight”. I think he is being discerning and using wisdom. Jesus never referred to God as “Pops” or Papa etc. He didn’t say to pray “Our Pops who is in heaven., or “Our Daddy who is in heaven. Jesus entire prayersite always shows reverence and intimacy combined, without the need to bring God to a human level.
        God is our HEAVENLY father (,,,our Father who is in “heaven”..), and was never intended to be viewed as or compared to an earthly father. We need to have the understanding of the distinction of an earthly father vs a heavenly father, they are very different! So, for you who enjoy your daughters calling you “Daddy” no matter what their age, or no matter how much joy that brings to you, you need to understand that God is not to be put on the same level as an earthly father. The term “Daddy God” shows a lack of healthy boundaries between an earthly father vs our heavenly father! We can still have the intimacy God desires for us without trying to reduce him to a human being. Calling him “Daddy” just drives home the point that the whole concept of needing to reduce him to an earthly level is ridiculously immature. And yes, it does border on idolatry because we are making God into what we desire rather than who he is. It also sounds infantile which quite honestly embarrasses me as a Christian (to hear others use this term). God expects us to be grown adults in our relationship with him. Yes, we are his children too and God wants us to be vulnerable with him , but he want us to grow in maturity and wisdom, not be “infants” In our relationship with him. Jesus was very careful with words. He used them very purposely in everything he said from his teachings, parables, to his prayers. We should be too. He should be our example, not some new fad that simply gives us a false sense of security or love. God’s love surpasses all of that!!

  13. I have an older male friend who, while in his 70s. still calls his dad, “Daddy.” It’s a cultural thing an in no way diminishes the respect he has for his father.

    If his father were President, would he still not call him Daddy? It would seem silly if he were required to now call him Father, because he’s the President. Their relationship wouldn’t change no matter His father’s position.

    My point is that it’s a relationship with God. I think Jesus would be pleased to see that in your heart, you love his Father as a Daddy. If your relationship is one of childlike dependence, if you can see yourself leaning into His shoulder, or holding His hand, or sitting on His lap, why not call Him whatever relays your feelings?

    If you are born again and have the Spirit of Christ, why not be open to calling him whatever is on your heart? Just as you choose not to call Him Daddy, others may choose to call Him that. The true children of God understand better than anyone else what it is to fear and revere the Lord.

  14. Abba does NOT translate to “Daddy” or “Papa.” I am 100% on board with everything you’ve written here. I find it irksome when God the Father is addressed in such a casual and childish way. Mind you, “child-like” and “childish” do not mean the same thing, either.

    When I address The Father, maker of the universe, the “I AM,” it is with the reverent, “Abba,” or Dear, beloved, Father, the Almighty God. Yes, I CAN boldly approach the Throne of Grace and draw near, but I will not “reduce” God to my level. He is not my “da-da,” He is the beloved absolute God Almighty, worthy of ALL Glory and Honor.

    • Everyone has a opinion on the subject….I’m just glad that we all love him and acknowledges Him..

      • The Lord God Almighty judges the heart and the motivations therein. Ultimately, final direction and admonishment is up to the Holy Spirit.

        That said, opinions are just that: “opinions.” FACT comes in to play when we read the scriptures. Those are NOT opinions. They are absolutes. Christ’s OWN words and teaching on how to address God the Father in His name:

        “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…”

        To Hallow something in this sense means to joyfully and without fear, “honor as holy,” and to treat with, “great reverence, awe, and respect.”

        We worship a Holy God who graciously condescended to stoop down and lift us from the ash heap of a sinful life and certain damnation. We absolutely may be deeply intimate and secure with Him because of Christ. Those who are in Christ may absolutely approach the Throne of Grace with Joyful boldness, but never irreverently or casually.

        The Lion of Judah is wholly good, but He is not a “tame lion” that one may treat as common.

  15. This was great… I just feel like we all love him and and acknowledges that he is our father God daddy creator King or what ever …we all love him and respect him as being alive that’s powerful enough for me ….because some don’t believe but one thing for sure we all believe in his love and existence😂😂

  16. Half of these pep are to up tight ..but one thing is real that’s this we all believe in his existence no matter what we call him he lives in US and we all know it so pipe down and just be happy that we all acknowledge Him to be real to us he loves us no matter what we call him there are different names he go by …so so what!!!! With that being said we all believe in him and we are all on the same team at the end of the day against the enemy Satan…. So just glorify him no matter what you call him 😱 smh.. …

  17. While I do not use the word ‘daddy’ personally in my prayers or conversations toward God, this is only a personal choice. Words such as ‘daddy’ are often subjective. The relationship I have with God inclines me to use traditional language that is respectful and reverent. I would say “Dear heavenly Father,” or “Dear God”

    I relate to people needing a very personal Jesus in their life as well. To some, the word ‘daddy’ may be cringe-worthy or creepy. I’d like to also suggest for others it may be a term of endearment that allows them to feel closer to God when praying to him. Some of those people may use ‘daddy’ because they never had an earthly father. Pet names may offer those people comfort.

    I might not use it but I would allow the freedom of expression for others to use it if they wish.

  18. Hey Brother!

    Blessings 🙂

    I disagree with your post. That said I do feel it was written with good intent. I am ages late, but wanted to drop-in and share my heart on this anyway!

    Christianity is about freedom in salvation that was bought by Christ. One of the wonderful things about our God is that he is ALL powerful, AND he is ALL personal — something that is unique to the God of the Bible.

    When we make the declaration to serve Jesus and believe in His work on the cross we enter into a personal, ever-changing relationship with Our Creator.

    The Lord has given us freedom to express our worship and praise to him in MANY ways. We are not restricted to worshiping God in formal prayer and in reverence, and likewise we are not restricted in the ways we can identify with him. That is legalism, and goes against God’s character.

    The influence of Western Colonialism on the world has marked Christianity by setting an example of what Christian life should look like based on our culture — not based solely on the standards of the Bible. God knows our hearts, and if a Brother or Sister wants to refer to him as “Daddy” in true worship, honor, and praise who are we to tell them not to? We cannot tell where anyone’s heart truly lies in those times of worship. We must be very careful, and discerning with how we correct and rebuke others.

    Telling someone they are wrong for calling God “Daddy” because of our presuppositions could lead a Brother or Sister to stumble, and we know how The Lord feels about that…

    It’s all semantics man — “Potato Potāto”. There is no scriptural basis that defends the idea that we can ONLY call God a list of approved names.

    Humbly and with love I say that if something like this offends you enough to write an entire post about it, there could be a deeper rooted issue in your heart that is causing you to be offended….but what do I know, only God knows the character of your heart 🙂

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  20. Thank you for sharing your discomfort with the term of endearment, “daddy”. But it doesn’t tell us much about how God feels about it. For me, you did the opposite. My daughter are mature, talented, independent women, and I still love it when they call me Daddy or Papa. I’m sorry if that would make you “cringe out of creepiness”. I’m not sure what that says about you, but your discomfort says nothing about my family. And you need to rethink your analogy about meeting Barak Obama in person–“Out of respect for who he is, you wouldn’t call him Barry.” No I wouldn’t, because I have no relationship with him beyond my citizenship and his (former) office. But his wife does call him Barry. And I bet his kids call him Daddy, or something similar.

    Many commentators and scholars mention that Abba was used as a term of affection and endearment. It was the earliest way a young child would address his father. And, yes, it was also used by adults–just like Daddy, come to think of it. I would ask, if “Abba” only means “father”, without any special connotation of intimacy and affection, why does it appear at all in the Greek New Testament? Why does Paul, writing in Greek, use this Aramaic term twice when referring to the Spirit-driven cry of our hearts? And why does Mark, also writing in Greek, put this Aramaic word in the mouth of Jesus during his soul-wrenching agony in Gethsemane? Could it be that it carried some special feeling? It seems to me that it mean’t something beyond what “father” in greek would convey.

  21. I think this article is utter nonsense and is a waste of the Author’s time and also all the victims that were deceived and tricked into reading this mess. First of all, I honestly believe Calling the CREATOR Daddy is more logical than calling HIM GOD or JESUS for the simple Fact those titles Could have NEVER be used by any of the 12 disciples mentioned in the NEW TESTAMENT…

    • I mean im not religious but its contradicts it self as they say we don’t know what God like but sure he’s male

  22. Test your feelings against scripture. Mark 10:13-14 says
    _People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
    Growth and maturity in the Kingdom is measured by our degree of dependence on God. The more childlike we are towards God the more powerful and productive we are.

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