The Ostrich Won’t Go Away
In my last post, The Evangelical Ostrich, I listed several examples of father/son relationships in the New Testament that are not literal. I asked how we (as Evangelicals) could have missed this. Here are some examples.
“Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, send him to my father’s home.'” ~ Luke 16:27
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” ~ Mark 11:10
Then the high priest asked him [Stephen], “Are these charges true?” To this he [Stephen] replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ ~ Luke, Acts 7:1-3
Furthermore, I showed that Paul went around calling his students “son” and told us to imitate him.
…in Christ Jesus I have begotten you. Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord… ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 4:15-17
If Paul calls his spiritual students “son,” and says to imitate him, then why don’t Protestant pastors call their congregants “son”? Who is being unbiblical here, Catholics or Evangelicals? I won’t answer for you. I would like you to answer for yourself.
We Report, You Decide
Here are some more verses that I overlooked in my years of Evangelicalism.
To Timothy my true son in the faith: ~ Paul, 1 Timothy 1:2
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, ~ Paul, 1 Timothy 1:18
To Timothy, my dear son: ~ Paul, 2 Timothy 1:2
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. ~ Paul, 2 Timothy 2:1
To Titus, my true son in our common faith: ~ Paul, Titus 1:4
Between this post and the last, we have now seen the Apostle Paul use the word “son” to address Timothy, Onesimus, and Titus.
I very respectfully ask, do modern-day Evangelicals know better than the Apostle Paul?
And here the Apostle Peter uses the word “son” to describe Mark, the man who wrote the Gospel of Mark. Mark was not Peter’s biological son. Mark was Peter’s scribe.
She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. ~ 1 Peter 5:13-14
I very respectfully ask, do modern-day Evangelicals know better than the Apostle Peter?
The Bible is always proven true.