I hesitate to say the Bible disagrees with itself. I find an elegant consistency when read as a whole. But I will say I find apparent discrepancies that require examination. One of them has to do with fathers.
Don’t call anybody on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is heavenly. (Matthew 23:9.)
It seems rather clear: don’t call anyone father.
Why then does Paul, the most prolific New Testament writer, apparently flout this teaching?
Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. (1 Corinthians 4:15, emphasis added.)
Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632)
It turns out the words translated into English as “father” in various places in those two passages are based on different Greek roots in the original writing. In Matthew…
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