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Manny wrote:

Hi, guys —

I took an RCIA class recently and the instructor said that we should not call Jesus Father.

This seems to me to be in conflict with what it says in the Bible in Isaiah 9:6 (or 9:5) depending which translation you are using.

  • It actually uses the word father in that verse so I was wondering if what the instructor said was wrong?

Manny

  { Was my RCIA instructor wrong in saying we should not call Jesus, Father? }

Bob replied:

Manny,

Your instructor is really trying to distinguish the three persons of the Trinity from one another:

  1. Father
  2. Son, and
  3. Holy Spirit.

While they are all the same God inasmuch as they share the same divine nature, they are distinct Persons.

Jesus is the Son, not the Father. He can be called a Father in the figurative sense, just as He may be called a Brother because of His Incarnation, however, Jesus Himself refers to the One Who sent Him as His Father, and so we do likewise.

Our earthly sense of Fatherhood is only a shadow of the sense of Fatherhood that Jesus experiences in the relationship with His Father. Nevertheless, He taught us to pray,

"Our Father . . . . ." (Matthew 6:9-13)

which is addressing His and Our Father.

There is much to the doctrine of the Trinity that is beyond the scope of this answer, but you should check out the Catechism for further insights.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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