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Calling God Daddy

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by znr, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. znr

    znr Report THIS. Supporter

    I don't get it. Why do people refer to God as "daddy" or "dad"? This seems beyond weird to me. I attended a church for a few months and they all referred to The Lord as daddy, papa or dad. It's not that I find it irreverent or anything, it just turns my stomach when I hear it. How does a person get to this intimacy with The Lord where one calls God daddy?
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  2. BFine

    BFine Seed Planter

    Calvary Chapel
    The closest I go in that direction is Abba Father especially when
    I'm deeply hurting or in agony and even in doing that, it's done
    in privacy not in a group setting or church.

    It's more of a modern day thing with folks calling God-- Dad, Daddy,
    Papa or whatever...I stick with what I do,

    I hear others call God "Dad" or "Daddy" and I just look at them like a
    bright like flashed across my eyes lol!
  3. Jupiter Drops

    Jupiter Drops be like a flower and turn your face to the sun

    I used to call God, 'Daddy.' It was used affectionately. Never 'Dad' though, because for some reason it sounded too awkward, lol.

    A girl in my church calls God, "Daddy" in some of her notes.
  4. CounselorForChrist

    CounselorForChrist Senior Veteran

    Its a bit weird to me to. Just as weird as when a husband calls his wife "Mother". >.<

    Although my wife is from another country and they called God sometimes Daddy or Father. Which for some reason doesn't seem as weird as it once does since she doesn't say it liked that often. I tried myself one day and said "Daddy God is so loving!". Just felt awkward to me. Now I use normal terms like Father, Great Healer, Abba...etc.
  5. thesunisout

    thesunisout growing in grace Supporter

    United States
    The scripture refers to the church as the bride of Christ, and Jesus invites us to be one with Him and the Father. So, as far as intimacy, God has invited us to be more intimate with Him than we can really comprehend with our limited minds. However, before calling God "daddy" I think one should consider that God is holy. The scripture says that our God is a consuming fire. It also tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I don't know if God minds if someone calls Him daddy, but my feeling is that God wants us to reverence Him and worship Him in Spirit and in truth. In truth, He calls Himself our Father in Heaven and this is the way Jesus addressed Him. Some argue that Abba means daddy but in my research I have not found it to be true.
  6. mandyangel

    mandyangel Regular Member

    In Relationship
    Just my opinion here, I respect others opinions as well.

    For me personally, there is nothing wrong with calling Jesus Christ 'daddy'. I don't do it all the time but do sometimes. He is our heavenly father, he is my daddy my higher father. He made me himself body and soul and knows everything about me, almost like my bio-dad, so for me its not weird at all, its cute n sweet.
  7. stormdancer0

    stormdancer0 Do not be so open-minded that your brain falls out

    Jesus said we were given the right to call out to the Father, saying "Abba, Father."

    Abba is the Jewish equivalent to "daddy," and is the word that very young children use to talk to their dads.

    So there is some Biblical precedent for it.
  8. ChirpChirp

    ChirpChirp Newbie

    Eastern Orthodox
    In Relationship
    My church definitely doesn't call God Dad or Daddy but I unintentionally did it once or twice after my prayers. It sounds kinda silly but I tend to end with "Good night God" after all the formal stuff and I replaced God with Dad or Daddy even though I wasn't thinking of my dad at all lol I shocked myself the first time but then realised it had been a prayer session after which I felt quite close to God so it must have come across in my choice of words. I wouldn't go to church and refer to God as Daddy though it would be a little weird :p
  9. JordanLA

    JordanLA Newbie

    I personally wouldn't use it, I tried once but ... it didn't sound right. But if people call God that, It's cool, at least they must have a good relationship with him!
  10. Inkachu

    Inkachu Bursting with fruit flavor!

    I call God "Father" all the time. I don't say "Dad" or "Daddy" because that's too informal for me, and I'm not comfortable with it.
  11. Moriah Ruth 777

    Moriah Ruth 777 Encourager/Exhorter


    When did Jesus Christ become our Father? No where in the bible is Jesus Christ referred to as our Father. Yes, Jesus Christ is God, but never referred to as Father or Heavenly Father.

    The Heavenly Father is God, He is our Father.

    Moriah Ruth
  12. Moriah Ruth 777

    Moriah Ruth 777 Encourager/Exhorter

    My thoughts are this.

    I myself have issues with certain Christians who call God their daddy, dad or papa. No where is this term used in the bible.

    Is God our Father? Yes. He is our Heavenly Father.

    Were we adopted by Him? Yes, as the bible tells us He adopted us and we became His sons and daughters of God.

    But here is the issue. Whenever we start calling God daddy, dad or Papa, this brings Him to OUR level. It makes Him like an earthly father. This takes away from His holiness. And we lose respect for who He is.

    Does God love us as His own? Yes.

    But God will always be God. He will always be a Holy God. He desires us to come to HIS level. He desires us to accept Him as He is.

    If you look in the bible and down through the centuries you will find that God was never called, DADDY, DAD or PAPA. He was always called, OUR FATHER or HEAVENLY FATHER.

    It is just over the last 15 yrs or so that the term daddy, dad or papa came about and this started with the Vineyard groups and Toronto Blessing.

    Let's keep God, our Heavenly Father as He is and give Him respect and keep Him holy. Let us not bring Him down to our level, but let us keep Him high and lifted up above all things.


    Moriah Ruth
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013


    Nothing wrong with calling God daddy. You have heard of the words Abba Father? Abba beans daddy!
  14. parsley

    parsley .

    Good comparison.

    We are to come to Him as His children, but when there are Jews who revere God's name so much they will not speak it, this seems at least a disrespect for other people. I tend to ignore when people say it, and admit that I have not reached a point of understanding it.

    Sometimes this is used in groups that focus their relationship with God on getting material possessions. Together this gives an appearance that we can manipulate God.

    Mark 14:36

    Thayer's Definition
    Abba = "father" father, customary title used of God in prayer. Whenever it occurs in the New Testament it has the Greek interpretation joined to it, that is apparently to be explained by the fact that the Chaldee "ABBA" through frequent use in prayer, gradually acquired the nature of a most sacred proper name, to which the Greek speaking Jews added the name from their own tongue.

    Thayer's Definition

    1. generator or male ancestor
      1. either the nearest ancestor: father of the corporeal nature, natural fathers, both parents
      2. a more remote ancestor, the founder of a family or tribe, progenitor of a people, forefather: so Abraham is called, Jacob and David
        1. fathers i.e. ancestors, forefathers, founders of a nation
      3. one advanced in years, a senior
    2. metaph.
      1. the originator and transmitter of anything
        1. the authors of a family or society of persons animated by the same spirit as himself
        2. one who has infused his own spirit into others, who actuates and governs their minds
      2. one who stands in a father's place and looks after another in a paternal way
      3. a title of honour
        1. teachers, as those to whom pupils trace back the knowledge and training they have received
        2. the members of the Sanhedrin, whose prerogative it was by virtue of the wisdom and experience in which they excelled, to take charge of the interests of others
    3. God is called the Father
      1. of the stars, the heavenly luminaries, because he is their creator, upholder, ruler
      2. of all rational and intelligent beings, whether angels or men, because he is their creator, preserver, guardian and protector
        1. of spiritual beings and of all men
      3. of Christians, as those who through Christ have been exalted to a specially close and intimate relationship with God, and who no longer dread him as a stern judge of sinners, but revere him as their reconciled and loving Father
      4. the Father of Jesus Christ, as one whom God has united to himself in the closest bond of love and intimacy, made acquainted with his purposes, appointed to explain and carry out among men the plan of salvation, and made to share also in his own divine nature
      5. by Jesus Christ himself
      6. by the apostles
  15. PrayerandPeace

    PrayerandPeace I Believe!

    Father is a more mature..imo..
  16. Pal Handy

    Pal Handy Irregular Member


    Father is formal where as Daddy is a term of close affection, intimacy and child like trust.

    Jesus was telling us that we could get so close to God our Father that
    we could see ourselves as a little child sitting on His lap with our head
    burried in His chest as He lovingly holds us close to His heart and we
    say: Daddy, I love You!

    It isn't an easy place to come to as we have so much pride and baggage
    that we cannot sit on our Fathers lap when we know we hate others,
    have unforgiveness in our hearts and foolishly think we can wall God out
    of areas of our heart, mind and life as we hold Him off at arms length.

    Jesus was showing us how intimate God wants to be with us but
    we are the the ones who hold God at bay and keep the relationship
    formal as we refuse to surrender all of ourselves to God's love as we
    are unwilling to trust Him fully so that He can show us how to become
    child like in love and trust so we can enter into an intimate relationship with Him.

    Surrender in childlike trust or faith = intimacy
  17. Angelfrog

    Angelfrog Rock, paper, JESUS! I win!

    I actually do call God 'Daddy' sometimes. I fully understand why some Christians aren't comfortable with that- and that's fair enough if it does these things FOR THEM.
    It doesn't for me.

    Those who have had a male parent and called him daddy- did it mean that because you didn't use the title 'Father' that you respected him less, or that it took away from his authority as your Father? I find it odd when I watch American TV shows to find that so many adult women call their father 'daddy', as it's not really done here (it's regarded as a very 'upper class' thing to do) I'm pretty sure that those woman have a great deal of respect for their fathers.

    Of course it's an intimate endearment, title or whatever you want to call it. Which is why I use it. It's a very personal thing and I wouldn't use it in any situation than private prayer. Again, I understand that it's a little too informal for some- but I find it odd that people who would strongly object to it, are ok using the term 'Father'. It's only a more formal version, after all. If we're worrying about bringing God down to our level- you can't 'humanise' Him much more than calling Him Father! We proclaim an intimacy that's astonishing when we do that- we're basically bringing the Creator of the universe, the most Holy being of all- our Lord.... right down to the most intimate child-parent level. It's a darn good job that the Bible makes it clear that it's not just ok- but exactly right to call God Almighty 'father'- because if we did it off our own back that'd be some cosmic gall, wouldn't it????

    I personally look on it as one of those things that if a Christian is fine with it, they have the freedom to do so- but if another is uncomfortable with it, then it's fine for them not to do so. I have no right to call a Christian .. I don't know.. repressed (or some silly term) because they'd prefer not to use the name 'Daddy' and they don't have the right to imply that I am 'bringing God down' to any sort of lower level or don't have a very deep respect an awe for Him because I sometimes do.

    I have deep reverence for God and deep understanding of His holiness and I always feel very sad when it's immediately assumed that to refer to God as 'Daddy' at all must be taking something away from His holiness and that those who use the term are not as respectful as those who don't. We're perfectly capable of seeing God as an intimate parent and a Holy, awesome God (and I mean 'awesome' in it's proper meaning- not the slang for fantastic/ cool/ etc)

    I know I've waffled on- but I'd like to just say one last thing- and that's that for some people, relating to God with that sort of intimacy may not be necessary- for some of us, it's a precious thing. I didn't have the best view of Fathers per se in my youth. My Grandfather was the nearest I had- but actual Fathers- nope. For me the term 'Father' for God meant something- but because of the slight formality of it- and because it seemed to have got dulled down to a 'title for God' rather than the astonishing relationship it was meant to be, as far as many were concerned, it didn't really hit me until, during a very hard time in my younger life.I was praying alone and broke down and sobbed, calling out to God like a child- and I called Him 'Daddy'- because that's how I was coming to Him- as a helpless child needing her parent and abandoning myself totally to Him- with complete trust, with complete need, admitting that I couldn't do things under my own steam and it was an expression of love, reliance and total faith in Him- far from being something that trivialised God- it was something that let me move into a deeper and even more respectful relationship with Him- because I fnally knew what it was to be a daughter of God. For someone with no actual father and a step-father who rejected me- finding that intimacy with God has been so special and meaningful.

    I have to say that I don't call God 'Daddy' as a matter of course. I don't pop it into every prayer- it's usually when I come to Him in times of recognising my helplessness and when I just need Him- like a child needs her Daddy. The vast majority of the time, I don't call Him that. I'd only ever use it privately- because it is intimate and I'm not thrilled about being written off not being respectful enough and because I acknowledge that some are not comfortable with it, so I wouldn't do that to them.
  18. Dunban

    Dunban Guest

    So what do you want them to call God? If it offends you or whatever, fine. But I wouldn't be bothered by what other people call God. Their relationship with God is their affair, not yours.

    Abba to my understanding means exactly what you said you detest. I have true intimacy with God, though I'm not sure if I would use that exact term to describe God. Generally, the more distant one is from God, the harder it will be for them to use endearing terms for Him. It's not our place to judge others' walk with God. I have met people who refer to God or Jesus as their spouse or boyfriend. Do I judge that? Or do I mind my own business and attend to my own walk with God?

    It is of little surprise that some think of God as a demanding judge rather than a loving dad, when we put it into this context. God will appear one way to one person, another to someone else and likewise. It truly seems how He appears is more on the basis of our perception of Him than anything else, I say.
  19. znr

    znr Report THIS. Supporter

    Well, I'll explain this best as I can as far as why in part it turns my stomach. People who I barely know and who with I probably won't be intimate friends or with even casual friends with but just happen go to the same church AND refer to God as "daddy" to me as if they are implying we are all brothers and sisters in the Lord...but those same people actually don't even know or care to know my last name...and they aren't interested in being a "brother" or "sister"; they just enjoy referring to God as Daddy and talking to me about it as if I'm part of a family. This bothers me a lot. I don't get it. None of my close true friends call God Daddy in front of me thankfully. Well one does but I ignore it and focus on dust falling until the squeamish feeling passes.

  20. znr

    znr Report THIS. Supporter

    I read a book about a muslim woman who came to the Lord and referred to God as "Daddy" when she described her conversion and how it related to her own earthly father and how she came to know Christ as THE one true God the father, but her story was compelling and powerful, and she didn't use the term as most people here in the US do.