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With reference to two incidents in the life of Abraham examine the importance f faith of God n the life of Abraham.

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With reference to two incidents in the life of Abraham examine the importance f faith of God n the life of Abraham. Abraham is the first of the three men who are called the 'patriarchs', or fathers of Judaism. The other two are his son Isaac and, and his grandson Jacob. Abraham is not only an important person for Jews but also for Christians and Muslims, he is the father of all three religions. For the Jews, Abraham is the father of 'monotheism', which means faith in one God. He, it is believed, was the first to teach that there is only one God who created the world, and only God should be worshipped. If someone was to have faith it would mean they are obedient to God, and, abandoning all self-interest and self-reliance, trusts God completely. In Abraham's life two important events are significant in showing how much faith he has in God. Genesis 12 v.1-9 is the Call, this shows great faith. ...read more.

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He did so. Once Hagar fell pregnant she began to despise Sarai and Sarai treated her so badly that Hagar chose to leave. God then talked to Hagar and told her to return, she did so and had a son, Ishmael. Sarai adopted Hagar's son as it was practice that all that belonged to the slave belonged to the master/mistress, including children. Overall, this event shows a lack of faith in God on the behalf of Abraham. This is because God had promised ham a son, Abraham did not believe Sarai would be capable of having a son so accepts his wife's proposal and turns to Hagar. He did not believe that God would provide, therefore showing he lacked faith. Abraham took the mater into his own hands and did what he thought would work, without consulting God. He was more interested in having a son than believing what God had promised him. However, this could be seen in a different way - the covenant was still fulfilled, Abraham did end up with a son. ...read more.

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Sacrifice symbolises the event which occurred when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. However, Isaac was replaced by a ram. This event marks the point at which God began to teach us the difference between Him and the bloodthirsty gods of ancient religions. The story developed through the Passover experience in Egypt, and then through Levitical codes of the priesthood, sacrifice became a familiar routine. It became a practical reminder of the principle of substitution that Isaac's release had established. Sacrifice was not longer just a way of appeasing divine anger, but a relief of personal guilt and the beginnings of the concept of soul cleansing. Alters signify Abraham's movement from place to place. This is because everywhere he moved he built an alter to show Gods ultimate importance. Today, we use alters the pray to God, they are a sacred place of the church, often closed off to the general public as a sign of respect. In conclusion it can be seen that Abraham did contribute a considerable amount to early Hebrew religious life. Jews circumcise their children; sacrifice an animal at Passover and worship at alters. However, ...read more.

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