Father figure: Perceptions of God may stem from father-child relationships


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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 23, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    My reference was from Homer Simpson, of course.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    June 21, 2013 10:55 a.m.



    Everyone else,

    This definitely isn't true in my case. My dad was always there but there is definitely an emotional distance between us in comparison to my relationship with my mother. Yet there's no doubt or question in my mind that God is most definitely male.

    We do of course also have a Heavenly Mother…but that's not relevant to our salvation in any way.

    I will say that I believe that Heavenly Mother's presence can be felt most vividly in nature. But I have no doctrine or even revelation really to back up that claim. Just a feeling, partly derived from what I've seen in another religion.

  • LunchBoy DRAPER, UT
    June 19, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    Could it be possible that God is a figment of our imagination, and that's why he/she always resembles something with which we are familiar? Could it be that we all just fear death and the unknown, or a world in which each of us aren't special enough to have an all powerful ally to look out for our well-being?

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    June 19, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    The Biblical Prophets and Jesus Christ himself knew of their Heavenly Father and many visitied with him on special occasions. They knew the difference betweeen their God and their earthly parents well. Just study the scriptures and you will know for yourself how to discern between the two. We worship and trust our Heavenly Father once we get to know him. Our earthly fathers, well. Read 1 Cor. chapter two to get the perspective of why some of do not understand the how the Spirit works for some and not for others. Non scripture readers will never know the truth of the matter.

    June 19, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    So apparently children do develop best when there is a father and a mother working together.

    Are we sure this isn't information isn't a disguised attack on gays from bigoted religious people? (sarcasm is included here....)

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    June 19, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    Yes, and if triangles could conceive of God my guess is he would have three sides and acute angles.

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    June 19, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    I appreciate this article. It is true that a father figure who has a strong relationship with God helps the children develop one too. God is our Father - He lives and loves us who are his children! He knows our trials and struggles and also knows that trials and struggles make us stronger. Good fathers do the same. I'm grateful this article points that out.

  • Erika Salem, Utah
    June 18, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    It makes sense that individuals in paternal societies would imagine or envision a god who resembles the father(s) with whom they are familiar. I have a friend who wants to believe in a loving, merciful god, but her father was nothing like that, (nor brothers, nor past boyfriends) and she struggles to trust in any god, even though she'd like to, when she can't fathom a benevolent male figure. Interesting phenomenon.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    June 18, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    to skeptic

    I like that. Very Taoist of you.

    God exists. After that is where it starts getting fuzzy.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 18, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    "Even though children know intellectually that God is fair, loving and kind and patient," Ahhh, have you talked to the children in Somalia about this or is the God you're talking about not their God?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 17, 2013 3:40 p.m.

    Homer said it best of god: Nice hair, clean teeth, a class act all the way.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 16, 2013 3:48 p.m.

    God is nature, it doesn't have sex or gender or emotions; just intelligence and awareness.