All in Suffering

Why Did God Ask Abraham to Sacrifice His Son?

“I find a father holding a knife to his son’s throat to show his love to a totalitarian dictator wicked!” was the late atheist Christopher Hitchens’ response to the biblical account of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son. There is simply no reason to get upset about the story unless it is true, after all, we do not take seriously what a fictitious villain does in a faery tale. It only becomes worthy of being upset about if it actually happened, so let us accept the event as true and look at the account.