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The Binding of Isaac vs the Unraveling of Jesus

August 12, 2010

Christians often try to create a parallel between the “Binding of Isaac” –  Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac and God’s supposed sacrifice of Jesus.  Although it sounds lovely to Christian ears, the analogy breaks down practically before it ever begins.  The Christian will say that God sacrificed His own son just as Abraham would have sacrificed his own son, had God allowed the act to be completed.  But Abraham was sacrificing his son to God the show him that he loved God more than the love he had for his son, something that even God acknowledged in the text,

“He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” (Gen 22:2)

So who did God sacrifice Jesus to?  Did God sacrifice Jesus to mankind in order to show mankind that He loved mankind more than he loved Jesus?  Does this analogy make sense?  Is mankind God’s god?  Truly, from the very start the analogy is ludicrous, but it continues to unravel from there.

The Christian goes on to explain that the place where Isaac was offered up was on Mt. Moriah, which became the Temple mount in Jerusalem.  They claim that Jesus was also sacrificed on Mt. Moriah, but that’s not true.  One of the reasons that the analogy of Jesus being a sacrifice for sins breaks down (and there are very many reasons why it doesn’t work) is that a sacrifice has to be offered on the altar – on the Temple mount, but Jesus was crucified, according to the New Testament, on Golgotha.  Golgotha is not only outside the Temple mount, according to some reckonings it was outside the city walls – it wasn’t even in Jerusalem!

The binding of Isaac teaches us that sometimes we have to give up that which we value most in order to obtain that which is most valuable.  It was not Abraham’s willingness to kill his son, but his faith in God to provide for all his needs that that brought about the resultant salvation.

Faith is a very important part of who we are as human beings, it is what connects us to the Source of everything that we are, but blind faith – that is, faith that ignores facts in favor of one’s preferred story, is just a lie that traps its followers in an enveloping darkness that breeds hatred and contempt instead of love and respect.

Trying to twist the Hebrew Scriptures into parallels in order to prove that Jesus was the Jewish messiah is not only an act of self-imposed blindness, it’s a crime against the author – God himself.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. folke Holtz permalink
    August 12, 2010 8:12 pm

    Shalom Penina.

    I came home from Jerusalem two days ago. Sad not to have been able to meet you. The comments of what you write is that of course the story of binding the Yizhack is reinterpreted in the Christian view as the offering of Jesus as the atoniment of the world’s sins.

    There is nothing in the text that says this except in the Greek testament. The truth is that they see it in the light of the resurrected Messiah.

    We Jews are expecting the Messiah to come and learn us the Torah. The bridge between us should be that of the Father who is the only G-d. Just leave the mangod view of Jesus evulated by CaesarConstantin in 325 C. E and put into a trinity at 381.

  2. michael permalink
    October 20, 2010 7:14 am


    Having made half the circle ( former christians/messianics coming out of the craziness), it is a never ending source of refreshment to find yet another blog/web-page that solidily refutes “J” as the “Jewish Messiah”.

    Kol Hakavod,

    Michael and Wendy W.

    • Penina permalink
      October 20, 2010 1:48 pm

      Thank you so much, and welcome!

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