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"Our Father who art in heaven..."
     While other "religions" present their god as either a wrathful being who demands obedience or a passive spirit who leaves man to His own devices, the Jehovah of the Bible calls all men to be his children by placing their faith in His beloved Son.
   The God of the Old Testament is referred to as Yahweh, Father, because he is the creator, the law-giver, and the protector of His people.  The New Testament refers to Him as the Father for the same reasons; especially in regard to the Father-Son relationship revealed in Jesus Christ.
   Another Biblical truth in reference to the Fatherhood of God is that he takes an active interest in human affairs just as any father would do so for his children.  Thus, the Scriptures teach that He is totally appraochable through prayer.   We are equally assured by the Word of God that he will respond in our best interests according to His will.  Conversely, He will discipline those of His children who walk contrary to the principles He has revealed through His Word.
   "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?"   ~ Hebrews 12:6&7
   Not only is God the Father the Creator, but he is the Provider to His creation.  However, His provisions are not always evident in material forms.  Providing love, caring, protection, calling, purpose, direction, and guidence are even more essential to the Christian walk.   These are fatherly attributes and all are attributed to Him along with many more.
   Furthermore, the Father has an eternal relationship with his Son, Jesus.  Thus, the core teachings of Jesus were related back to the Father in presenting how God saves, secures, and blesses the spiritual growth of his children.  Therefore, we can only conlude that the Fatherhood of God is inherent in his very nature.  He wants us to know Him as our Father who art in Heaven...
   "No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."   ~ Matthew 11:27
   However, there is a deeper sense in which Christians believe that they are made participants in the eternal relationship between them and their heavenly Father.  The New Testamanet refers to born again believers as the adopted children of God.  Interstingly enough, these Scriptures were written during the time of Roman rule.  In that time, it was understood that a natural son or daughter could be disowned should a parent feel inclined to do so.  However, an adopted child could never be disowned.  Oddly enough, those who were adopted into the family were assured of remaining a member of it forever.
   This is consistent with the doctrine of eternal security.  Baptists remain convinced that God the Father does not cast out adopted children.  He may bring discipline to their lives when they stray but he never rejects them.
   Once a child of the heavenly Father, always His child.
   "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"   ~ Ephesians 1:5 
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Slippage Questions: The Doctrine of God the Father

   "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip."  ~ Hebrews 2:1

Is your concept of God in harmony with the Bibe which presents God as a loving Father who seeks to save His children and bring them home to Him?
If not, could it be that you are basing your lack of understanding regarding the Fatherhood of God on either a not-so-good or failed relationship with your own father?
Does your concept of God allow you to actually believe that He would even begin to condone the killing of other people to serve His purposes?
Would such actions be the mandate of a Father who is seeking to adopt even those who walk outside of His will?
Does a Father cast out his children when they do wrong or does He seek to guide them into maturity?
Do you believe that God the Father is only approachable through others or have you accepted the Biblical teaching that, as a child of God, you can go directly to Him with your prayers?
If you truly believe that God is the Father of all those who have placed their faith in Jesus for their soul's salvation, then what right do you have to overlord your brothers and sisters in Christ?
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