Is God Our Father-Mother?
From Dominion Within by Rev. G.A. Kratzer, page 132
Is God our tender, loving Father-Mother? Potentially, yes – the Father-Mother of all men. But from a present, practical standpoint, whether He is our loving parent and provider depends upon us. St. Paul declares; “They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God.” Yet all human beings have the capacity to become the children of God. The fact is that we do not come naturally by a knowledge of God and of right relations with Him any more than we come naturally by a knowledge of mathematics or music.
In so far as we gain a practical understanding of mathematics, we may be said to be children of mathematics, but this understanding has to be intelligently and laboriously acquired. Likewise, in so far as we diligently seek and acquire a knowledge of God and His law, and order our thought and lives in the continual consciousness of Him and in obedience to His law, in that far we are children of God; and He is our Father-Mother just so far as we thus become His children and no farther. We get the benefit and care of divine Love just in proportion as we work our way into mental and practical accord with the law of divine Love.
So God places all good within the reasonable reach of every man in the world. But God does not take separate account of every human being and follow each man into ignorance and sin, in such a way as to force knowledge and righteousness upon him without diligent effort on his own part. Each man must meet God half way. St. Paul declares that God is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
God is omnipotent good, and thus places all good, through His manifestations in the Christ, constantly in the reach of all men who are willing to work diligently. “Beloved, now are we (who have been spiritually quickened) the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall (fully) appear (to our advancing understanding), we shall be (shall then realize ourselves as being) like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”