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God asked Abraham to offer his son as a burnt sacrifice but then stops him when he is about to do it.

Is it safe to assume that God would not want any human sacrifice even if he asked for it, because its immoral to kill based from his commandments?

So is human sacrifice a trick to see if people really are paying attention to his commandments?

Can we just assume that any spiritual experience about God asking for a human sacrifice is not a genuine divine experience, and assume it's just the devil trying to trick us to killing people?

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Oh dear, you are getting downvotes again. It think it's time you learn how to ask a good question. You may ask something like, "Why did God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son? Does God really demands human sacrifice?" or "Why did Abraham believe God's words to sacrifice his son Isaac?" – Mawia Oct 21 '13 at 7:36
@Mawia, Your second suggestion does actually sound better. "Does God really demands human sacrifice?" Thanks. – FFCoder Oct 21 '13 at 7:38
The question is basically asking "Did the Bible lie?" Which might be a useful question, but isn't going to provide a meaningful answer to this question. – Flimzy Oct 21 '13 at 10:12
possible duplicate of 2 Chronicles 28:3 vs Genesis 22:2 – Affable Geek Oct 21 '13 at 13:05
I'm trying to understand the question. Is it: Would God . . . ?, Does God . . . ?, or Did God . . . ? – gideon marx Oct 21 '13 at 16:50

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God's law against human sacrifice was given by Moses.

Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord (Leviticus 18:21, NIV)

Moloch (Molek) was a god worshiped by the Phoenicians and Canaanites, who sacrificed their children to Moloch by burning them on the fire.

This law was not yet known to Abraham. Therefore, when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham did not quarrel with God. If this law was already given during the time of Abraham, Abraham would have rebuked God. God never go against His words. If Abraham received commands which are against God's law, Abraham would have doubted that it was from Satan. Thus, Abraham obediently followed God's order and went to mount Moriah to sacrifice his son Isaac. But, as Abraham was about to slaughter his son, God stopped him and gave a lamb as a replacement to Isaac. In fact, God does not want human sacrifice, God was only testing Abraham's faith. This story is also a metaphor of God sacrificing His one and only Son Jesus Christ for us. This story foreshadows Christ's sacrifice. Just as Abraham willingly gave his son Isaac, God gave His Son Jesus Christ for us.

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Your answer is quite good. I'll wait a little more for other answers. – FFCoder Oct 21 '13 at 7:40
Isn't the law against murder one of the laws of Noah? Or would human sacrifice not be considered murder? – gideon marx Oct 21 '13 at 16:43
Have I got enough points for a down vote? Can't remember? – gideon marx Oct 21 '13 at 16:53
@gideonmarx Killing a human over some conflicts and killing a human to sacrifice to God might have different meaning at that time. Also, what prove do you have that Abraham knew about Noah? – Mawia Oct 21 '13 at 16:55
@gideonmarx Yes you can downvote now (it's 125), but remember, you lose 1 point in doing it. – Mawia Oct 21 '13 at 16:59

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