Then God said, “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.” – Genesis 22:2
Everyone knows the story. God commands father to kill son. Father agrees to do so. At the last moment, God stops father from killing son. That Abraham was willing to follow God’s command proves his unparalleled faith.
I wonder: What would I have done?
I know this much, I would never, ever, under any circumstance, kill my own child. Nothing in the entire cosmos means more to me than my family. If my choice was to kill my child or go to hell, I would choose hell. I love my family that much.
But going a step further, would I kill anyone at all if God told me to? I do not think I would even follow that order. I cannot imagine what kind of extraordinary faith Abraham must have possessed.
All I know is I would have flunked the test.