God of Abraham

God of Abraham

God looked down on Abraham. He was quite out of balance. He wanted to kill his own son, it seemed. Well, not that He cared, He’d seen worse things than that in his eternal life without doing shit. And He very well knew He was going to. It even amused Him a bit.

He couldn’t help it though, the strange sight of this madman believing he was talking with Him was quite a sight. What if… He thought. What if I just gave him a little sign of some kind? That could be fun. So he told Abraham to not kill his son. Just for fun. To see what would happen. Besides, he seemed like a good kid.

Abraham was quite impressed by the incident. He told everyone, and to God’s surprise people actually listened. He was no longer just a madman, but a guy who really had spoken with the one true God.

Four thousand years later God was still looking down on earth, or more like looking down at the last four thousand years all at once. He didn’t regret much in his eternal life, but that day with Abraham… He should have kept his mouth shut.



Odin’s Visit


  1. The Akedah or the Binding of Issac is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of the Bible to comprehend. Keep in mind, Abraham came to a monotheistic faith in God when everyone else around him worshiped many idols.

    That Isaac was even born to Abraham and his wife Sarah in advanced old age was a miracle in and of itself, and Abraham had numerous other encounter with angels and with God, so this wasn’t his first experience with the Almighty.

    Why would God tell Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (and why would Isaac go along with it since most Jewish commentators believe he was a full grown adult at the time)?

    Since God doesn’t have to test anyone to know their faith, it is thought that this was to show Abraham just how far his faith in God went, to sacrifice the one true son of promise (Abraham had an older son Ishmael who he fathered with Sarah’s servant girl at Sarah’s request…this wasn’t an uncommon practice in that time or place), but Abraham sent him away, as well as the children he had with other wives after Sarah died, so Isaac could she the only inheritor of God’s promises to him.

    Isaac’s name for his father’s God was “The Dread of Isaac,” and after this incident, Isaac didn’t see his father again, I think until Abraham’s funeral (and even Ishmael returned for this).

    Throughout history, Jewish and Christian scholars have struggled to understand the Akedah. Jewish sages believe that Abraham expected to kill Isaac but that God would resurrect him.

    Christian teachers believe that Isaac prefigures Christ in some manner.

    Oh, as you can probably tell, I’ve studied this in some detail. My wife is Jewish, so I’m always interested in how different people see this part of the Bible.

    You have an interesting take on this ancient story.

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  2. The way I see it, people were already sacrificing humans to idols.
    So this incident was a calling of Abraham to a different God. And this God would tell him (and everyone) not to do it after all, but through these steps that would be readily accessed mentally for people then (gruesome). It is unacceptable to sacrifice a child or human.

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      1. I suppose you mean in that people had already been doing brutal things and God did nothing about it (or didn’t do “shit”)? He may have tried before; there has to be someone receptive (or the whole effort goes nowhere). He knew (or hoped, depending on how omniscient — or, alternatively, how inclined to try things that were already known not to work — we think He/She/the situation was)… this person would listen (unlike others before). Also something to think about: Any number of people may have started to question the human sacrifice thing, but this guy had the temerity to speak up about it.

        The time was right anthropologically.


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