The term “Father” shows the relationship of God with the world, and especially His relationship with those who submit themselves to Him. As “Father,” He is the Creator, Caretaker, Guardian and the Giver. Here the meaning is metaphorical, not biological.
God is the Perfect Father
God is the perfect Father. Everything He does is for the good of His children. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (Injil, James 1:17). God is an unchanging Father. Many earthly fathers change their minds about things. They might even change as they go through different stages of life. God never changes. He is constant, and, because of that, His children can always depend on Him. God is faithful. “He (God) is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He” (Taurat, Deuteronomy 32:4).
God takes care of us perfectly. As Father, God disciplines us to make us more like Him. “Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (Taurat, Job 5:17). He protects us from harm.
We are not God’s Slaves!
Muslims tend to take the father-child relationship literally. Again God as “father” is only a metaphor. For example, when we say, “He is the apple of my eye” we don’t mean literal apple. We just means the person is very special.
Muslims talk about a relationship with God. They focus on a Master/slave relationship. The Christian focus is on a Father/child relationship.
The Injil clearly states that when a person comes to Isa Al-Masih as his Saviour, God becomes his Father. That person is adopted into God’s family. Galatians 4:7 says, “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son: and if a son, then an heir through God.” Christians are happy to serve God as slaves, but God does not see us as slaves. He sees us as His sons and daughters, as His children.
What Is Our Inheritance as God’s Children?
As God’s children, we inherit every good and perfect gift! During the time when the Injil was being written, a son who was born to a man could be disinherited, but a son whom a man had adopted could not! This is very significant to us who accept God as our Father, because He has adopted us! Nothing we do will cause him to disown us. Isa Al-Masih said, “My Father, who has given them (followers of Isa) to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (Injil, John 10:29).
God Wants You To Be Your Father, He Wants You To Be His Child!
God wants to be your Father! He wants to adopt you as His child! He loves you and sent Isa Al-Masih to earth to make a way so that He can be in a Father-child relationship with you.
Isa Al-Masih made that possible by dying as the ultimate sacrifice for your sin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.”
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Indeed, we are the slaves of Allah. This relationship implies that every aspect of our being depends on Him. Nothing happens to us unless He permits it. A man does not get to choose where he is born and to what family he is born into. Man does not choose his gender. Man cannot control an earthquake, a hurricane, when it rains, and to some extent his lifespan on earth. However, Allah is a just and merciful Master. He nurtures His slaves with guidance until they are left with no excuse but accept Him or willfully turn away from Him. He even referred to His slave Abraham as His friend (a relationship that brings a slave to such a close proximity to his master). Being a slave to an All-Merciful Master is certainly not a bad thing. I am proud to be the slave of The Most Beneficent, Most Merciful, Most Powerful, Most Just Being ever to exist. He does not treat His slaves unjustly.
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. We all live only because of His grace. As mentioned in your comment, God is love. The Bible also clearly states that God is love. He also commands us to love one another (Injil, John 13:34). Because He is love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (Injil, 1 John 4:8). His biggest love is when He sacrifice His own Son, Kalimah Allah, who is also called Jesus/ Isa Al-Masih to save mankinds. All of us were supposed to die because of our sin. The Injil clearly states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Injil, Romans 6:23).
The Bible also taught us that those who have received Isa for their salvation are given rights to become God’s children. “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son: and if a son, then an heir through God.” As God’s children, we have an intimate relationship with our Father. As God’s children, we still need to obey our Father. We still need to please Him. Because it’s what He wants.