God made a promise to Abraham that he would make of him a "great nation".
And I Will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Genesis 12: 2
A promise, nice. All well and good.
It was prophesied to the patriarch Abraham that he would have a son and that his name should be Isaac. When Abraham became one hundred years old, this son was born to him by his first wife Sarah. Though this was Abraham's second son it was Sarah's first and only child.
So Sarah is the Matriarch 1st and official wife.
Then this happens.
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 will show you.” Genesis 22
Can anyone see the problem with this stupid story and how stupid and backward Abraham must have been?
The Question here is glaringly obvious and, as is usual with these biblical stories,it is also problematic for the devout theist.
Besides the barbarity of the request Abraham in all his lacking of any type of wisdom, didn’t stop to think never mind ask;
Lord, how are you going to make me a great nation when you have demanded that I kill my son, my only son?
And although the lord himself says that Isaac is Abraham's ONLY son, he isn't, and this is absolute claptrap to the casual reader unless one understands the bibles strict order of ascendency.
We know this god to be a cruel god from the story of Job where this god for a bet, decided to kill Jobs family and livestock and servants and tore down his house, to prove Job's loyalty.
But seriously, Would you sacrifice your only child if god asked you to?