This article is just one in a long series addressing questions posed by agnostic blogger Larry Simons in his article entitled, 31 Questions Christians Can’t Answer. For the rest of series click here. Enjoy!
- If God is all-knowing, why did he not know until the very moment in which Abraham was about to sacrifice his son Isaac that Abraham feared God?
For those who don’t know the story, In Genesis 22 Abraham is tested by God. He’s commanded to
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
There is no pause in the narrative. Early the next morning Abraham and Isaac set out for Mount Moriah. But wait, why would God need to test Abraham? Doesn’t God know everything? Aren’t tests about revealing unknown things? Yes! The real question is, “to whom is the test revealing previously unknown information?”
God knows everything, or else He is not God. Who in the narrative doesn’t know everything? Abraham. Abraham is not unfamiliar with God at this time in his life. Isaac, in fact, is himself a miraculous gift from God to Abraham and Sarah, a son born in their old age. This test would be the ultimate. Not only was Isaac the miracle child but God had given specific promises about his future that could not be fulfilled if he were dead. Herein I find the thrust of my response to this question. God tested Abraham (and perhaps we could say Isaac as well) to show them who they were in Him and where their faith ultimately lay. It wasn’t only Abraham who complied without question it was Isaac as well. These two, Father and Son, went willing to whatever God had in store for them. “Blind faith” borne out of faith that had seen some things happen. Abraham and Isaac learned some very important lessons that day and we can learn the same lessons today.
Our blind faith can be built on the evidence of history. As was theirs.
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