Kierkegaard IJ #1

While reading this work by Kierkegaard I attempted to keep the question in mind “Is Abraham genuine or is he clever, did he know God would stop him or did he truly intend to kill his son?” I found this difficult because Kierkegaard defends both answers to this question. At one point Kierkegaard stated, “all that remains is the brutal fact that Abraham intended to murder Isaac” (24), and then two pages later he contradicts himself with the statement, “he believed that God would not demand Isaac of him, while he still was willing to sacrifice him if it was demanded” (29).
I believe that Abraham was genuine; he was a man who had devoted much of his life to his faith. As Kierkegaard eluded he did not forget his sword, he made the three day journey to the mountain, and he was right on time. For a man who has lived his life literally by the word of God I do not believe that Abraham viewed the act he was about to perform as a murder, it was a sacrifice even if it would have been committed with a double edged sword for he would have been doing the right thing in the eyes of his God but he would be losing his beloved son. Abraham had always trusted his faith, why would this circumstance be any different, “whoever loves God without faith considers himself, but whoever loves God with faith considers God” (30). Abraham’s faith had always given him something, although he waited for many years to receive a son, he kept believing and it happened, he believed he would have to sacrifice Isaac but in turn he was able to receive him again. A man like Abraham is guided by genuine faith through and through, I don’t believe he would try to outsmart God, because wouldn’t God know if he was trying to do such a thing?

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