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Abraham’s Test

The thing is, when you take out the humorous dialog, this is still a pretty accurate representation of the story.  God told Abraham, “Go kill your son.”  Abraham was all ready to follow through with it, and then God said, “Good job.  You proved that you’ll obey me even when it offends your conscience to do so.  I’ll reward you by not making you kill your son.”

That’s pretty appalling to me.  What moral lesson am I supposed to learn from this story?  I really don’t get it.



4 thoughts on “Abraham’s Test

  1. Do as you’re told.

    Posted by Alex Hardman | November 4, 2010, 2:36 pm
  2. I had a girlfriend who, when she was giving me the breakup speech, compared her decision to do so with this story.

    You have to wonder how many little immoralities like mine this story has produced throughout the ages…

    Posted by J. Quinton | November 4, 2010, 3:32 pm
  3. LMAO I love those guys.

    Posted by Athol Kay: Married Man Sex Life | November 4, 2010, 5:16 pm
  4. If you ask an apologist, they claim that it’s a metaphor for the Jewish rejection of human sacrifice,which was practiced by other contemporary cultures. And, unusually, the apologists have a point; I believe that it’s highly plausible to read the story that way, especially given the origins of the early books of the Old Testament in the era when the tribesmen who would eventually become what we think of as the Jewish people were captives in Babylon. However, it is implausible to read Abraham and Isaac SOLELY as a story about the rejection of human sacrifice, because it is clearly ALSO a lesson about absolute obedience to the will of Yahweh, a lesson that gets repeated in many different forms throughout the Old Testament. And that lesson is perhaps the most morally appalling individual bit of a book that contains many, many evil ideas.

    Posted by G Felis | November 4, 2010, 11:43 pm

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