Why does Jesus call God “Father?”

Jesus makes the analogy so that people will understand that God cares for us as a parent cares for a child. Some might say that he knew what He was doing when he opted for using “Father” as opposed to “Mother.”

God is genderless, but there is a great absence felt by those who do not have the love of a Father, especially men, who have lost or never known a Father. A horrifying statistic is that about 70% of prisoners in the United States do not have a father in their lives. He may have realized that people lacked this bond and would need to seek God in order to fill that absence.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes

Mike co-founded BustedHalo.com in 2001. Currently, Mike is the director of campus ministry at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. A frequent speaker on ministering to young adults, Mike is the author of "Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in Their 20s and 30s" and "Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to Finding the Work We Love and Bringing Love to the Work We Do."


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