Why did god ask Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac? And what is the moral of the story (assuming it is a story)?

I read the wikipedia article, but above the article it said “This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings about a topic. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style.”

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  • Bible is a children’s story. It is to insist that people must be ready to do any kind of sacrifice when God says. That is one of the morals of that story. If you think that it is a true story and if you take it seriously then I must say that it is not God but a spirit or an evil spirit. I have more experience with the spirits. I know their characters and their way of life. Spirits are everywhere all the time all over the world.

    God cannot watch each and every human being at the same moment. That’s why He had created the spirits to watch, guide and determine the destiny of the human beings from their daily activities, talks and thoughts too. Your past determines your present and your present determines your future. God has given freewill to all creatures including human beings. According to this, all human beings have all right to live a life as they wish. But if it happens to be bad and hurts someone, they have to face the consequences. These consequences are created by spirits. It’s a natural system. After death no one lives in any form. Heaven and hell are only for spirits. Spirits are separate elements. A human being is not a single spirit. A human being during his/her life time is living with many spirits which have joined one by one since birth. They are knowledge, skills, feelings, emotions, interests and everything. Even thoughts are not your own. For example, when you want to take a decision on a subject, one after another the spirits think and you just listen, choose or reject the ideas which they transmit to your mind through your brain in the form of thoughts. A human being is just a robot made of flesh, bones, tissues etc., and a toy of the spirits for their games.

  • Why Did God Ask Abraham to Sacrifice His Son?

    ▪ As recorded in the Bible book of Genesis, Jehovah God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. (Genesis 22:2) Some Bible readers struggle to understand that account. “When I first heard this story as a child, I was outraged,” says a professor named Carol. “What kind of God would ask such a thing?” While such feelings are understandable, we do well to keep a couple of points in mind.

    First, consider what Jehovah did not do. He did not allow Abraham to go through with the sacrifice, even though Abraham was prepared to do so, nor has God ever again made such a request of anyone. Jehovah wants all of his worshippers, including children, to continue living—to enjoy a long and satisfying life.

    Second, the Bible suggests that Jehovah had a special reason for asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. God knew that many centuries later, He would allow His own Son, Jesus, to die in our behalf. (Matthew 20:28) Jehovah wanted to convey to us just how much this sacrifice would cost him. He provided a powerful demonstration of that future sacrifice by what he asked of Abraham. How so?

    Consider Jehovah’s words to Abraham: “Take, please, your son, your only son whom you so love, Isaac, and . . . offer him up as a burnt offering.” (Genesis 22:2) Notice that Jehovah referred to Isaac as the son “whom you so love.” Jehovah knew how precious Isaac was to Abraham. God also knew how He felt about his Son, Jesus. Jehovah loved Jesus so dearly that he twice spoke from heaven, directly referring to Jesus as “my Son, the beloved.”—Mark 1:11; 9:7.

    Note, too, that Jehovah’s request to Abraham included the word “please.” One Bible scholar suggests that God’s use of this word indicates that “the LORD appreciates the costliness of what he is asking.” As we can imagine, that request would have grieved Abraham deeply; in a similar way, we can barely imagine the intense pain that Jehovah must have felt as he watched his beloved Son suffer and die. It was undoubtedly the greatest pain Jehovah had ever experienced or ever will experience.

    Really, then, although we may recoil at the thought of what Jehovah asked Abraham to do, we are wise to remember that Jehovah did not allow that faithful patriarch to go through with the sacrifice. He spared Abraham the worst loss a parent can suffer; he protected Isaac from death. Yet, Jehovah did not shield “his own Son but delivered him up for us all.” (Romans 8:32) Why did Jehovah submit himself to such a terrible ordeal? He did so in order that “we might gain life.” (1 John 4:9) What a powerful reminder of God’s love for us! Are we not moved to show our love for him in return?


  • If it was a test of faith or of love, that implies that god didn’t know how Abraham felt before he asked him to commit the deed. Doesn’t the supposed god already know everyone’s heart and soul? If so, why test it, and why say “Ok, now I know you love me, so you don’t have to actually do it”. Why didn’t god already know?

  • God was showing Abraham the Gospel. Abraham had faith that God would spare his son, even unto resurrection, and that was meant to show Abraham what Christ would do. It is written in Leviticus 27 that one of God’s people would have to be sacrificed for atonement. God just made sure it was Him because that’s the right thing. God wouldn’t demand men to sacrifice anybody but Him, as if He did, it ought not be because they’re righteous, and if it ought not, God won’t do it.

  • It is an illustrative teaching tool for us and corresponds to the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

    Abraham faced a test that went against the natural instincts of a father—God told him to sacrifice his son. The story, however, did not end in Isaac’s death. At the critical moment, God intervened by means of an angel. In God’s eyes, it was as if Isaac had actually been sacrificed. (Hebrews 11:17) “Before God,” explains one scholar, “the willingness was reckoned as equal to the deed.” This Bible account, recorded at Genesis 22:1-18, gives us a prophetic glimpse into God’s great love for us, Abraham’s confidence in God and repeated and enlarged upon his covenant with Abraham, which covenant promised blessings for people of all the nations—Verses 15-18. Also, this test showed God’s confidence in Abraham.—1 Corinthians 10:13.

    What Abraham and Isaac did on that occasion helps us to understand what it must have cost God to allow Satan’s agents to murder His Son. Isaac’s cooperation with Abraham well illustrates Jesus’ willingness to suffer and to die for us.—Heb. 11:17-19.

    While no man today would be asked again to go through such an extreme test (Gal 1:8,9), any Christians would do well to ask himself: Since God made such a sacrifice for us, ‘What sacrifices am I willing to make in order to please God?’

  • It never happened, neither ever existed.

  • God Himself answers your question in Genesis 22:12, “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

    It is a prophesy of the Messiah.

  • A parable showing that human sacrifice was not wanted

  • Because God would sacrifice his son years later.

  • What follows is my opinion

    Because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, the son of promise. God was then freed to sacrifice His Son

    What is not opinion is that, this actually happened

    Wikipedia is not reliable, because people add their own spin

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