danldo at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 15:44:31 PDT 2005
On Apr 11, 2005 3:21 PM, Nathan Spears <spearofsolomon at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm with you. But for those who believe in the story literally, or even
> those who look to Biblical story as templates for their own actions, the
> fact that it is symbolic of later events doesn't change the facts of the
> almost-sacrifice of Isaac itself. In other words, God wouldn't have
> acted this way, or even told such a story, in order to simply illustrate
> a future event. The actions of the story also have to be consistent
> with the way God behaves, right?
Yes, it does.
One thing it seems to indicate - to Christians and Jews alike - is that God
asks us to be willing to sacrifice everything, and doesn't promise to provide
a ram (Abraham went to the mountain fully expecting to sacrifice his son).
Another: God keeps promises. But does not promise that it will look
Another: That obdience will sometimes be painful and terrifying.
You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
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