Bible Contradictions

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Sarah, the wife of Abraham, was unable to reproduce a baby thus she allowed Abraham to have intercourse with her maid, Hagar. Fortunately for Abraham, he was given a child through Hagar, Ishmael. Later, God granted Abraham and Sarah the ability to have their own child, which they named Isaac. At the beginning of the saga, God commands Abraham to take his son Isaac and “go to the land of Moriah” (Genesis 22:2) in order to sacrifice him. Although, Abraham has two sons, Ishmael and Isaac, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his “only [son]” (Genesis 22:2). He references Isaac as Abraham’s only son for the reason that Ishmael and Hagar were sent away by Abraham. This left Isaac as the only son that Abraham had left. Abraham went forward…show more content…
At that point, the instruction made no sense, but Abraham was still willing to abide by God’s word due to his strong faith and love of God. This command made no sense due to biblical contradictions of taking the lives of other humans, “Anyone who sheds the blood of a human being, by a human being shall that one’s blood be shed; For in the image of God have human beings been made” (Genesis 9:6). This quote explains that anyone who takes the life of another person would be punished, yet through his own command, he asked Abraham to take the life of another person. Whybray states, “On a different level, this is yet another example of theme of endangerment of God’s promise: with Isaac’s birth the promise of an heir has apparently been miraculously fulfilled; but now the very life of that heir is … to be prematurely brought to an end.” At this point, it was not any other person, whereas it was his own son Isaac. Isaac was also the son that Abraham and Sarah have been waiting to have for one hundred years, and finally gave birth to through God’s promise and blessing miracle. As a matter of fact, God was asking Abraham to give up the one person that He gave him. Nonetheless, Abraham still followed his faith to God by obeying Him without challenging Him. Through this last test, God was shown beyond doubt the love and acquiescence Abraham had for…show more content…
Whybray states, “It may be that somewhere in its background lies a story concerning human sacrifice, specifically of the firstborn.” During the time of Abraham’s testing, the sacrifice of humans was a universal practice. God did not approve of the human sacrifices, yet asked Abraham to sacrifice his blessed son. Through this point of view, Abraham should have said “no” in view of God wanted to make sure that Abraham would not participate in the practice. For assurance that Abraham would not be a contribution of human sacrifice, God tested his intentions. The situation was made to be difficult for Abraham as he was asked to sacrifice, not only his only child, but the child that God blessed him with. Yet, Abraham’s faith toward God was passionate. Knowing that the act is wrong, he continued to obey God’s command without inquiry. As Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, God stopped him and did not believe that Abraham was attaining to go through the task he left him with as it was made for assurance of Abraham’s stance in human scarification, specifically of the son he was gifted with. God asked Abraham to kill his son to teach Abraham to not make the same mistake as others have made during his generation. This foremost issue authenticated to God that Abraham passed the test at a
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