Kierkegaard: the Fatherhood of God
Commemoration of Søren Kierkegaard, Teacher and Philosopher, 1855
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
—Galatians 3:26-27 (NIV)
“Who hates his neighbor has not the rights of a child.” And not only has he no rights as a child, he has no “father.” God is not my father in particular, or any man’s father (horrible presumption and madness!); no, He is only father in the sense of father of all, and consequently only my father in so far as He is the father of all. When I hate someone or deny that God is his father—it is not he who loses, but I: for then I have no father.
... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Journals, ed. Alexander Dru, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 411 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Father, You have ransomed Your children.
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