reply to post by Simplynoone
I admire the way you think. It's something I've pondered about. You did help me, but not in the way I was seeking. But, I know you're a caring
person. I see that you're trying to help me, and for this, I am thankful.
I've read your post a few times...and there is one problem with it. It's your own interpretation. Let me break this down further...I was discussing
this with a friend. Adam and Eve make 2 boys, Cain and Abel, where Cain killed Abel...and was banished from the Garden of Eden to a place called Nod(I
think it was Nod...correct me if I'm wrong). Now, in the Bible, it says...and I quote..."And Cain found his wife and he loved her" Or in some
versions..."Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and, bare Enoch." I asked...how is it possible that Cain met a woman...when God only made Adam,
Eve(who were banished) and they made 2 sons. These are all the people the Bible accounts for. So...where did Cain's wife come from? He said to
me...obviously Adam and Eve had more children. I was baffled...because he is someone who takes the Bible literally. He is interjecting his own
interpretation into something to make sense of it, because...really...it does not make sense. He was adding info to the Bible directly to make it make
Now...we get to Abraham and Isaac.
Genasis Chapter 22. Verse 1
And I quote from the KJV; "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here
I am." The word "tempt" was used...while some versions of the Bible use the word test...stay with me here...
Chpt 22: 11-12
"And the angel of the lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And the angel said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not
withheld thy son, thine only son from me."
Now, the angel says clearly, on God's behalf, that now God knows Abraham fears God and is loyal to him. This indicates that God did not
where Abraham's heart and loyalty was before this test, correct? This is what the Bible says...these are the words taken from the Bible that you
follow. This same Bible states that God knows all. An omnipotent being does indeed know all...in this instance...he did not know all. So, which is it?
I'm sorry to say, but it does not make sense. It shows contradictory information and error. A perfect being makes no error...it speaks no
error...period, especially if it's never changing. God is supposed to be forever flawless. This is why I am certain that man has corrupted the Bible
and it can not be taken as the ultimate truth. It has been tampered with...and, even if it never was tampered with...this cannot be the words of an
all-knowing, omnipotent, all-powerful God. Such beings are not subject to such errors. This is why I have a hard time believing in the Christian
God...and this is only one of the many reasons.
Your interpretation was honest and I admire that, but it was unnecessary, because the Bible did not leave anything for interpretation. It clearly
stated why God tested Abraham. The same is the situation with Job I believe.
But thank you for the sincerity and time.
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