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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 Abrahams 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 his son carry the wood of which he would be burnt on they set off to the mountain where the sacrifice was to be held During their walk Isaac asks his father where the lamb was that they were going to sacrifice and Abraham responds by telling him that God would supply the lamb for them Once they had reached the place of offering Abraham ties his son to the altar and seizes the knife of which he is going to use to kill his son At that moment an angel of God speaks to Abraham and tells him to stop because he had proved his fear of God Then out of the brush Abraham finds a ram to burn for the offering instead After the sacrifice they leave the mountain and Abraham names it
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