Having never even stepped on church grounds, besides for a wedding, this is the first time I have heard of the story of Abraham and Isaac, let alone having read it. After reading the passage I must confess that I was quite surprised and confused. My initial reaction was that of many questions. Why does Abraham obey God? What kind of sick test is this? Why should anyone be this scared of God that they would be driven to kill their only son? What would the consequence have been had Abraham said no? With these questions bearing on my mind I moved on to Adams’ “Abraham’s Dilemma.” Adams’ chapter on this situation provided insight on some of my questions while also enlightening me with some very interesting arguments.
Here I will summarize the story of Abraham and Isaac, which appears in Genesis 22. God decides to test Abraham so He commands him to take his only son to a mountain that He tells him about and proceed to burn him as a sacrifice. Abraham without question gathers wood and brings his son to the place God tells him about. Making...
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