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January 18, 2006

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John Divito

Should Christians be sharing our missional insights and strategies with Jews? Isn't there something wrong with giving Jews more effective ways to grow and to reach others with their religion?

I blogged a little about this myself and would appreciate your thoughts.

Ryan

John,
I think, as Christians, we serve people when asked -- our stance is one of hospitality.

They asked, we came. We told our stories. They told theirs.

We connected to each other through many of these stories. Both parties are free to do with those stories whatever they wish.

Dan

I completely agree with you..

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Jesus had no problem referring to God as Father - specifically. Several times referring to Him as Abba (Daddy). When people want to refer to verses in scripture which describe God as a mother hen or a woman in labor you are really misinterpreting the point. Those phrases are similes. The definition of a simile is a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds - usually using ‘like’ or ‘as’. Every single one of those verses that were referenced earlier begins with the word as. That is a simile. It is a comparison to the original - not the real thing. Jesus repeatedly referred to God as Father. Why do we want to change that image? I understand people have had horrible experiences with earthly fathers, but come on - what better image then to compare that God our heavenly Father is NOTHING like that! Someone very close to me was raised by an abusive, apathetic, non-loving earthly father. In fact, the person will only refer to him as his B.F. - biological father. I don’t have time to tell you the things he suffered because and from this man. But he has NO problem whatsoever in seeing God as his Father. God is the Father he never had. He is the complete opposite of his B.F. It brings him comfort to know that God the Father is all of the things his earthy father was not. And now that he is a father himself, he strives to be like God the Father and not his BF. Though he admits his BF was a great teacher because he taught him that he did not want to be like him. I do not think that is a valid argument or excuse for people refusing to address God in the masculine form. It’s an excuse. Period.

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