We are God’s children. God is considered to be the Heavenly Father to all of mankind and the paternal father to all the manifestations of God.
70. We are God’s children. God is considered to be the Heavenly Father to all of mankind, as well as the paternal Father figure to all the manifestations throughout the religions of God: God is the creator, the Father; is it any wonder that the religions tell us that we are all God’s children, His sons and daughters. If all of mankind are His children is it any wonder that the manifestations call God their Father and are considered to be His paternal sons. It only stands to reason that if all are the spiritual sons and daughters of the one Heavenly Father, that the various religions would tell us this. Now there are some who would argue this point, but aren’t these just word semantics. Christianity: John 5:44 “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. (This, kind of, infers that Moses was, along with Jesus Christ, one of (God’s), The Father’s, sons in this world). And this statement is pretty much indicated with the words of Paul and Moses, when Moses prophesied that God would raise up a prophet like onto him (Moses), and then this prophecy is later on confirmed by The Apostle Paul in the New Testament in Acts: Judaism: Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;” Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deuteronomy 34:10 “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom The LORD knew face to face.”
Paul pretty much confirms this declaration that Christ and Moses are paternal brothers in a statement in Acts: Christianity: Acts 3:20 “And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:” Acts 3:22 “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.” Jesus was like unto Moses they were both sons of God or Christ wouldn’t be like Moses.
Now I’m sure there are some people who are saying, now wait a minute, Jesus was born of a virgin birth and God is his father, and to this I say, Jesus’ conception was miraculous being conceived by the power of the holy ghost, but God did not take on a physical form and come down from heaven and mate with Mary; and how do we know this? Virgin birth! Nobody mated with Mary she was a virgin when Jesus was born. And was God Jesus’ father, yes! God is the paternal father symbolically of all His manifestations He has sent to this earth: Jesus and “the prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” They are all God’s sons, but then again, we are all God’s children ourselves according to the writings of the bible: Judaism: 1 Chronicles 29:10 “Wherefore David blessed The LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our Father, for ever and ever.” 29:11 “Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.” Isaiah 9:6 “The mighty God, The everlasting Father.” Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother.” 2. Ezra 1:29 “That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your Father?” (Deuterocanonical Apocrypha) Deuteronomy 8:5 “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so The LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” (as a Father would chastise a favorite son or daughter) Proverbs 3:12 “For whom The LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Christianity: Matthew 10:32 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me (Jesus) before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me (Jesus) of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him. John 8:41 “Ye do the deeds of your Father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” John 8:42 “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me.” John 8:43 “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 3:9 “Therewith bless we God, even the Father.” Jude 1:1 “Jude the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.” Hebrews 12:7 “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” 12:8 “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” In other words we are all sons and daughters of God for we are all too some extent chastised by God. Philippians 4:20 “Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
As for the other religions of God, it is agreed that we are all children of the one God and the manifestations are His paternal sons, but with Islam we need to be very careful how we explain ourselves:
ISLAM: 156. “To Allah (God) we belong, and to Him is our return.” 157. “They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” This statement, from Muhammad, clearly indicates that we belong to Allah. And indirectly indicates we are His children. 155. “Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.” 156. “Who say, when afflicted with calamity: ‘To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.’ 157. “They are those on whom (descend) blessings from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.” As a father would chasten a dear son or daughter.
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 2)
Islam: “On the authority of his Father The Prophet (Muhammad) said, ‘Whoever passes through our mosques or markets with arrows should hold them by their heads lest he should injure a Muslim.’” “Allah’s Apostle said to him, ‘Hold them by their heads.”’ (Hadith, Bukhari Vol 1, Book 8, # 443) On the authority of his Father Muhammad does what Allah authorizes him to do. We know it is Allah his Heavenly Father being talked about, because Muhammad’s real earthly father died before Muhammad was born. Now I’m sure some followers of Islam will say now wait a minute Muhammad clearly states that he as well as Jesus Christ were not God’s biological children, and to that I say CORRECT! The Quran states that Islam: 88. “They say: ‘(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!”’ 89. “Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!” 90. “As if the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin.” 91. “That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious.” 92. “For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.” The key word here is begotten. The word is there staring them right in the face. (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 19) Muhammad tells us: “We used to worship Jesus, the son of Allah.’ It will be said to them, ‘You are liars, for Allah has never taken anyone as a wife or a son,”’ God did not beget a son with Mary, as I said earlier; He is far too great and omnipotent for that. The writings of Islam say Allah did not beget a son but that still doesn’t mean we and the messengers are not God’s children. He created us, we belong to Him, but there are still people out there who want to argue and even kill over word semantics. God is God, or Allah is Allah, He can do things the way He wants to do them and it is not for us to question. And if that isn’t enough to get you thinking, Muhammad tells us: Islam (Hadith, Bukhari Vol 6, Book 60, #105) “Allah’s (God‘s) Apostle said, ‘Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.” Muhammad is closest to Jesus and all the prophet are paternal brothers. (that mean of the same father). The prophets are all sons of the same Father (that being God) while all the mothers are different.
That seems pretty clear, the manifestations are paternal brothers related to one another by God’s will. Islam: (12. And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into her (body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (Servants)). (The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 66) Baha’i Faith:“How could she (Mary) claim that a Babe Whose father was unknown had been conceived of the Holy Ghost?” “He (Christ) came to the world through the Power of God, born of the Holy Spirit and of the blessed Virgin Mary.” ((Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 56 and Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 47)
And if that is still not enough quotations from Muhammad to convince some people; elsewhere in the writings of Islam we are told we have a Heavenly Father: Islam: (Hadith, Bukhari Vol 4, Book 55, # 652: “The heavenly father has plenty.” In other words we comprise Allah’s plenty, (numerous) children.
(Islamic Miscellaneous, Gulistan of Sa’di (Edwin Arnold tr))
So we have a Heavenly Father and we are all His children and all the manifestations are His sons; this is what the other religions tell us also.
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 31)
Zoroastrianism: 3. “This I ask Thee, tell me truly, Ahura (God). Who is by generation the Father of Right, at the first? Who determined the path of sun and stars? Who is it by whom the moon waxes and wanes again? This, O Mazda, and yet more, I am fain to know.”
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 44)
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 47)
Zoroastrianism: Denkard. Zoroaster, “The father should encourage his children to receive such education as would fit them later to perform their duties. Therefore is the benefit derived by His (Ahura’s) own creatures even from undergoing the test (of virtue).” Ahura chastises His children for their own benefits. “Man was made in the image of God, the son in the likeness of the Father.” (Zoroaster, Hymns of Atharvan p. 411)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 9)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 11)
Hinduism: “New growths up springing to that happier sky,- Which they who reach shall have no day to die, Nor fade away, nor fall- to Him, I mean, FATHER and FIRST, Who made the mystery Of old Creation; for to Him come they.” (His children)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 15)
(Hindu, Vedas, Rig Veda – Book 8)
BUDDHISM: “O Blessed Lord! We have been wandering about in the desolate wilderness (of spiritual depravity, searching) of this world for many kalpas, recognizing no sign of our Lord’s parental (Fatherly) love.” “We seek, but only with our Fathers parental blessings descending on us, to reach our true heart’s desire.” (Buddhism, The Surangama Sutra)
SABEANISM: “And it was revealed to me (?) and to all of them in this book, and they acted upon this reliable baser acting according to this (its) light and removing nothing from this writing of great revelation that was given to Adam the first man and to his descendants (and to) all who bear witness unto this light and illumination until worlds’ end. Naught shall pass away from the Word of the great Father of Glory, praised be his name!” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 75)
Sabeanism: “We offer up our commemoration, our petition, our prayer, Our submission, our tabuta and our faith In Thy presence.” “Blessed art Thou, my Lord, Manda-d-Hiia.” “Manda-d-Hiia! Lift up thine eyes, (behold) thy devotees, thine offspring.” “In the name (God/Haiyi) of the Great Life! Hear me, my Father, hear me! Draw me upward (O) Great One.” (Sabeanism, (Adam) Ginza Rba- chapters 25, 75 and 80)
Sabeanism: “For my heart hath testified to (God) the First Life (Haiyi Qadmaiyi).” “Behold me, who have sought purification before Thee! Look on me, I am Thy servant and Thy child. Now I humble myself and my children to Thy name, for I have been true to thy name, and speak (it) in my heart and talk (of it) in my mind. And I subdue my form and my loins,” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapters 77 and 410)
BABI RELIGION: “You who are His spiritual children must by your deeds exemplify His virtues, and witness to His glory.”
The Bab: (Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 91)
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 50)
BAHA’I FAITH: “While a man is happy he may forget his God; but when grief comes and sorrows overwhelm him, then will he remember his Father who is in Heaven, and who is able to deliver him from his humiliations.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 50)
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 119)
Baha’i Faith: “Thank God for that He hath awakened thee from thy sleep, found thee after thy being lost and quickened thee after thy death. Verily, I beg God to confirm thee by a power by which thou mayest be enabled to worship God and to serve His Cause and to be submissive and lowly before the beloved of God.” “Verily, I remember thee in my prayers and in my invocation, beseeching the Heavenly Father, the Lord of Hosts, to confirm thee by a power and cause thee to be firm and to work and serve in the olive garden of God and to be lowly and submissive before His Holy and Exalted Threshold.” “O thou fortunate and righteous, sincere and pious!”
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha v1, p. 120)
Baha’i Faith: “We school you with the rod of wisdom and laws, like unto the father who educateth his son, and this for naught but the protection of your own selves and the elevation of your stations. By My life, were ye to discover what We have desired for you in revealing Our holy laws, ye would offer up your very souls for this sacred, this mighty, and most exalted Faith.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 35)