As she recalled her childhood memories, acclaimed talk show host and film producer Oprah Winfrey sparked an online debate about the Holy Trinity when she said she once viewed Jesus Christ as her brother.
She made the statement in a Video posting to Facebook which has already received over a million views and over 2,000 comments in less than 24 hours since it was first published on Monday. The CEO of the OWN network said she had this idea in mind when she was three to seven years old.
“For the first part of my life, I didn’t know my dad,” Winfrey said. “Not having grown up with a father, I heard in church that God was my Father and that God was the Father of us all and that Jesus was the son of God. So in my imagination, my way of to think of God was ‘God is my Father and Jesus is his Son, therefore I am his child, which makes me his daughter, which makes Jesus my brother.’ “
Winfrey received mixed reactions after making this statement. Some fans were touched by the understanding of Winfrey’s faith even when she was just a little girl. However, others have asserted that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one.
“Well, Oprah, why do I have to explain to you that Jesus is not your brother? He is God, therefore He is also your Father”, commented someone, to which Winfrey replied “I was 3-7 years ago when I thought of it that way. Give me a little break, will you. “
Others weren’t so tough on correcting media personality. “What I love about it is that as a child you knew God was your Father and then believed that Jesus was your brother. I imagine God just loved that you, a child, found comfort in Him. I don’t know why everyone is trying to correct you, “someone noted.
“We are the daughters and sons of a king. I also understand that God and Jesus are one. However, when a child claims God as his Father and Jesus as his brother, I imagine that the God whom I serve would be so touched and beaming. love, ”the fan said.
Winfrey seemed touched by the comment. She replied, “Thank you. I have felt God radiate love since I was this little girl.