I remember reading a webpage about the issue of calling someone father. One of the points made against the practice was an Old Testament passage of someone asking another person to be his father spiritually.
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I don't know exactly what you are referring to, but lets look at some of the usage of
The word use used several hundred times so this won't cover them all, just a few to show this pattern.
To start with, there is an interesting reference where the Lord is speaking to David and promises to give him a son, but also that that son will be His son and that He will look after him as a Father:
This usage is very parallel to the language you find in many of the prophets (Jeremiah, Isaiah, etc.) where God is comforting his people by claiming them as his own. Two examples of many:
The Psalmist also shows helps draw this parallel:
And also by Solomon:
This identification is also not just one way, Isaiah shows that he indeed understands God to play this role:
The prophet Malachi also laments the fact that although God is the Father of his people, he is not properly regarded as such.
As Wikis noted, Matthew 23 is the passage to which the person was probably referring:
The idea is that men should not be exalted over us in such roles. The religious rabbis and teachers of the law were the most corrupt and dishonorable to God. Jesus commands us to not seek such titles for ourselves, nor give them to others, but to exalt God as Father and Teacher and Master.