The Trial of Abraham’s Faith

Genesis 22:1 – 19 tells us that the Lord God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac to the Lord. Abraham obeyed, and was preparing to kill assignment lame on the altar when God, saw “that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.” Thereupon Abraham saw a man caught in a thicket provided by God as a substitutionary sacrifice. And because of Abraham’s faithfulness, God tells him that he will have descendents as the stars in the sky and as the sand upon the shores; and that in his name all of the nations of the earth will be blessed.

A Hindoo story tells that King Hariscandra prayed to Varuna for a son, promising to sacrifice the child to the God. He was granted a son, named Rohita.  In time, Varuna called upon him to prepare the sacrifice. Rohita was not about to offer himself as a sacrifice, so he ran away.  He wandered for six years when he happened upon a starving Brahmin who had six sons. Rohita’s way did the man self him one of his sons for 100 cows. Scented the boy to his father as a substitutionary sacrifice. While praying to the gods from the Veda, the gods released him from promise.  There is a similar ancient Phoenician story, and three Grecian stories of similar accounts of the gods demanding a human sacrifice and then offered in animal in its place.

The story of Abraham and Isaac written at a time when “the Mosaic party in Israel” was attempting to eradicate idolatry from the Israelites. Human sacrifices were made to the gods Moloch, Baal, and Chemosh. Eric Fromm, the noted author and psychiatrists, makes similar note.

The divine, the transcendent is revealed throughout the world.

Would you please share your own faith story?


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