Could its meaning related to Christian culture? Barack Obama said it in Ramadan dinner, as a speech he refers people.

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  • All of humanity: we are all God's children. – deadrat Oct 31 '15 at 18:10
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    deadrat may be right depending on your beliefs (or rather the beliefs of the person who wrote this). However:- It's not just policy that requires so many words. We need context in order to give a good answer to your question. Firstly which religion are you discussing? Where did you find this expression? Who said it, what else were they saying? What is the surrounding text? Do you have a link? – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 18:19
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    I don't imagine Obama just said it out of context. Did he say for example, "We are all God's children"? Do you have any more of the text. Can we listen to it online? – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 18:53
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    Several religions (pretty much all the monotheistic ones) consider all humans to be, in essence, the "children of God". By referring to "God's children" a speaker/writer emphasizes the fact that we are all "brothers", regardless of the finer points of religion and nationality. – Hot Licks Oct 31 '15 at 19:59
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the poster has not provided any context (in the question itself) to help clarify what is being asked or any summary of the results of his or her research into the question. For future reference, the minimum character count requirement for questions exists to encourage askers to include such context and research, not to make them supplement a skeletal question with meaningless filler. – Sven Yargs Oct 31 '15 at 20:28

From your question, it appears that you're reading something Barack Obama said. At this year's Iftar dinner, Obama said

The Quran teaches that God’s children should tread gently upon the earth and, when confronted by ignorance, reply “peace.” In honoring these familiar values together -- of peace and charity and forgiveness -- we affirm that, whatever our faith, we’re all one family.

Not quite the exact phrasing, but here are the President's remarks in 2010:

Here at the White House, we have a tradition of hosting iftars that goes back several years, just as we host Christmas parties and seders and Diwali celebrations. And these events celebrate the role of faith in the lives of the American people. They remind us of the basic truth that we are all children of God, and we all draw strength and a sense of purpose from our beliefs.

This trope isn't restricted to messages to Muslims. Here is the President clearly-inclusive statement during the Pope's recent visit:

... [H]ere in the United States, we cherish our religious liberty, but around the world, at this very moment, children of God, including Christians, are targeted and even killed because of their faith.

Barach Obama is a professed Christian. Before he was elected President, he was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, a Chicago church affiliated with the Christian denomination the United Church of Christ.

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    If he says, "...children of God, including Christians..." then there is an implication that some people aren't children of God. So I think he means 'the people who believe in the God that I (Obama) believe in or an approximation to that god." In other words he seems to be saying 'children of God' are those people who believe in a god whose authority Obama recognises" – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 19:20
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    @chaslyfromUK Please lie down and don't operate heavy machinery for a while. – deadrat Oct 31 '15 at 19:27
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    The jokes are fine but is there a serious point in there somewhere? We're supposed to be answering what 'God's children' means in that context, not taking part in a theological debate. – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 19:37
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    @chaslyfromUK The OP read a statement from Obama that included the phrase "children of God" and wanted to know what it meant. Is there something unclear about the answer? 'Cause if you tell me, perhaps I can fix it. Nothing I've said is part of a "theological debate," which would be about whether there is a God and if so, are we really all his children. – deadrat Oct 31 '15 at 19:40
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    I wasn't criticising as such. I thought you hadn't answered explicitly what you thought the phrase meant. Maybe you need to incorporate your comment. If we read the quotes you provide then we can conclude from the first that only people of faith belong to God's family. From the second we see that Americans (with faith?) are children of God. Obama says nothing about, for example Buddhists or Hindus (or atheists) for example so my conclusion from the context (not from my personal beliefs) is that probably Obama means believers in the Abrahamic god (and therefore not everyone in the world) – chasly from UK Oct 31 '15 at 19:54

Reference to the "sons of god" can be found in the old testament, Genesis 6:2 :

"And the sons of the Elohim saw the daughters of the adam that they were good (beautiful); and they took to them wives whomsoever they chose".

Of the sons of the Elohim there are three principal interpretations:

  • that of the Targums and the chief Jewish expositors, nobles and men of high rank,
  • that they were angels,
  • that they were the Sethites, from the lineage of seth. Captivated by the beauty of women of Cain descendance, they got married and universal corruption soon ensued.

However, the "children of gods" can be found in its modern Christian acceptance in many verses of the new testament. For example, in John 3:2 it is written:

Beloved, we are God's children now.

From a religious point of view, all humans can be considered as "children of gods", as precedently mentionned by @HotLicks.

  • Yes, it is the answer to the question. – user140086 Nov 1 '15 at 6:32

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