Yahweh’s Amazing Test (Abraham, Genesis 22)

NonStampCollector has a new video which brings out the absurdity and moral backwardness of the infamous test of Abraham’s faithfulness.

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  • Gordon

    This is one of the nasty bible stories that usually makes the cut. I suspect it is because we are all so familiar with it (like the plagues of Egypt or the Ark) that we do not think about what it means. There is nothing good in this story.

  • sailor1031

    It means that Abraham was seriously psychotic; not an uncommon condition back then judging by the rest of the bible. Not sure what it says about Isaac though – maybe just that he wasn’t too bright?