loving is a God who would have Abraham sacrifice his son?"
is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few...or the one."
Trek: The Wrath of Khan
might note, in Genesis chapter 22, that Abraham told his servants both he
"and the lad" would return, that the Lord caused a suitable sacrifice to
be found nearby, and that an angel was on hand to keep Abraham from killing
his son. God, in other words, was not intending the death of Isaac. God
was instead allowing Abraham to demonstrate his faith in that particular
way for a very important and symbolic reason.
physical actions most importantly symbolized, for the sake of all future
generations, the sacrifice that God alone planned to make: the sacrifice
of his own son for our sake. The Abraham and Isaac scene, properly
understood, is not an example of God's cruelty, but of God's personal sacrifice,
and of Christ's love for us in so completely trusting and obeying the Father.
Does God change his mind?
sacrifices all about?