Pray for wisdom before calling anything in the Word of God repulsive. You may just be missing the point of the story.
God forbids human sacrifice, but he called for Abraham to commit human sacrifice. Ponder that.
God knew that he would not permit Abraham to actually slaughter Isaac, but he did permit Abraham to go thru that particularly gruesome human experience. If I understand human existence correctly, we all want to be spared that experience, regardless of the outcome
Friends do not put friends thru the ordeal suffered by Abraham, for such a trivial and irrelavant point.
I pray for wisdom, even tho I do not understand the nature of prayer. Do you?
"Friends do not put friends thru the ordeal suffered by Abraham, for such a trivial and irrelavant point."
It is not a trivial and irrelevant point for God to bring Abraham into His very own heart and existence and show Abraham what it would be like to do what God did for mankind! Far from being trivial, it was a great intimacy God shared with Abraham.
God asked one of the prophets to marry a whore. This was so the prophet could experience some of the pain that God felt as He watched the nation of Israel go whoring after other gods.
To know God is the very point of our existence. Abraham, thought what he experienced, was able to know God unlike almost anyone before him had.
Our modern modes of thought center around "me" - i.e. what's good for me, what can God do for me, what might God require of me.
The person who is in love with God will find "God" as the center of their thoughts - i.e. what's good for God, what can I do for God etc.
"I do not understand the nature of prayer. Do you?"
What's there not to understand?
If you don't understand the basic nature of prayer, maybe you should start threads about something like making model airplanes or growing corn instead of lessons God is trying to teach us in the Bible. Like you say in every post you make: I'm not trying to be disrespectful.....
posted on 03/25/2007 9:12:14 PM PDT
by fish hawk
(The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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