Sound exegesis distinguishes among literal teachings, parables, and allegorical teaching. What do you call the man who impregnated your mother? Do you call him “father”? Remember, Protestants, the Fourth Commandment: Honor thy father and mother.
“And call none your father upon earth; for one is your father, who is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, Christ.” Matthew 23:9-10
From the Douay Rheims, Challoner notes: “The meaning is that our Father in heaven is incomparably more to be regarded, than any father upon earth: and no master to be followed, who would lead us away from Christ. But this does not hinder but that we are by the law of God to have a due respect both for our parents and spiritual fathers, (1 Cor. 4:15) and for our masters and teachers.”
“For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you.” 1 Corinthians 4:15
“To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Saviour.” Titus 1:4
“The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you: and so doth my son Mark.”