If a Master or a Slave-owner required a child to prove his or her loyalty by killing a favorite puppy, the Master would be considered something lower than an unloving maniacal tyrant. But if the Master of the Universe requires a servant to prove loyalty by killing his son, that Master is yet considered honorable, loving, and worthy of everyone’s devotion.
So that we may come to agreement on some important points, here is what seems obvious from the Genesis text:
- Isaac was much beloved of Abraham. He was a ‘divinely’ promised son born when Abraham and Sarah were quite advanced in age.
- YHVH commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. He did not politely make a request of Abraham.
- The sacrifice was not Abraham’s idea and was apparently troubled by the prospect.
- Abraham decided to obey, prepared to obey, and nearly fulfilled the command.
- Abraham was divinely stopped from carrying out the command.
- Abraham was given a great reward for being willing to obey the command.
- Abraham was not reprimanded or judged for being wiling to obey the command.
- To our knowledge, Abraham was not considered insane by others for hearing voices.
My claim is that many of us or most of us (as believers), perceive ourselves as loving children and loving servants to a loving and worthy Father/King, but we fantasize in err in regards to the latter. He isn’t loving nor is he worthy.
Is this claim unfounded and/or inaccurate? Can you provide thoughts and/or evidence which would prove it inaccurate?