Note to Conversation 4: Gene Preservation and Abraham

Translated from Russian original by Joanna Dobson

Reader: “God’s testing of Abraham really is quite strange because it runs contrary to the Law of Gene Preservation and his own direct instruction: ‘Be fruitful and multiply …’. How else though could the Creator have tested the level of Abraham’s love and devotion to him?”

Author: “By asking of him exactly the opposite! He could have thrown little Isaac into a raging torrent and gauged Abraham’s reaction. Have no doubt, Abraham, like any other father, would have rushed to save his son without a moment’s hesitation or thought for his own life, obeying in this moment the Law of Gene Preservation alone. This, more than anything else would have been an indicator of Abraham’s unconditional love for God.”

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