In my previous post on this category I wrote about Arjuna's remonstrating against Krishna's instruction to kill his relatives. In this post I would like to highlight briefly the instance in which God commanded Abraham to kill his son as a sacrifice. Now, I am not interested in the theological implications of this command, nor am I interested in defending or not defending God or offering kudos to Abraham for his solid faith. All I am simply saying is that there was no way I would have followed that instruction. I would simply have said,
"With all due respect, God, I refuse to carry out such a command. It is wrong. I know You are God and all that, and that You reserve the right to do whatever You please, but I still think it is wrong, and I am not going to do it. Now mind You, God, I am not angry at You or any such thing. You are still God to me, but I refuse to kill my son, and You can't make me do it if I don't want to."
Now I know that the theologians, philosophers, church-men/women, priests, and pastors have all kinds of opinions on this issue, but I simple do not care. When my now 17 year old daughter, Kara, was about 8 years old I asked her if God had asked her to kill her child as a sacrifice whether she would do it. She said to me, "Hell no, Daddy! I won't do it! Sorry!" And then she explained that she did not think that God would ask such a thing, and that if such an instruction were given it would be the Devil pretending to be God. You gotta love the simplicity and innocence of children.