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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

What’s so special about Jesus, anyway? Aren’t we ALL God’s children?!

This objection turns on an equivocation in the use of the word “children.” In one sense, of course, God can be properly called the father of all, given that he is responsible for the being of everything other than Himself. But that is not the sense in which Jesus is referred to as a “son.” A secondary meaning of the term refers to a resemblance to, or intimacy with, the particular object in question. This is evident even when consulting so elementary a source as the dictionary. Under “son” one finds, in addition to the standard meaning, “a male person looked upon as the product or result of particular agencies, forces, influences, etc.” While we all may be children of God in the first sense, we are (unfortunately) not all children of God in the second sense.