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This being a thread on Christian/Biblical theology, it is obviously based on Christian/Biblical scriptures.
originally posted by: windword
Do you really think that God would have made that request if Abraham DIDN'T reject Ishmael because of Sarah?
Absolutely nothing in the Genesis text suggests any connection between the two events.
The whole story is sadistic, in the extreme. No real God would even consider using sadistic tendencies to promote a lesson of love.