I know some of us have argued this point several times. I've heard the Eastern Orthodox apologetics (and have known them). Not interested in the argument. I'm interested in learning the EO take.
The scripture in question is: Matthew 23:
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
I'm curious what the Eastern Orthodox think of the following:
1) Why did Christ say this?
2) What did he mean by it exactly?
3) How can the Eastern Orthodox apply this command to their lives?
I took this literally for a number of years before I became Orthodox. I stopped calling my biological father "dad" or any such name.
What is interesting is that it doesn't say "call no man 'Father'" but "call no man your
father". By this standard it is wrong to even refer to someone as your father, not so much as a title, but as a designation of their relationship to you (if one were to take it very literally of course).
Basically, those who use it against the RC and EO practice of calling our priests "Father" have not read it clearly.