Thank you for your response.
Let me see if I can provide some clarity in terms of this question:
And if it is just a made up story about not questioning God, isn't it kind of dangerous to have such an ambiguous line of communication with God, that can be so easily misunderstood, and potentially so harmful?
I'm not sure I understand the question. If this is not a literal story, how is there dangerous ambiguous communication with God?
If it is not a literal story, then what is its purpose? To obey God, and cater to his random whims?
Three of the world's major religions consider this to be a important part of their history and their culture and their beliefs. I live in a community with a huge Muslim population, and as you probably know there is a major Muslim holiday around this story. Muslims will tell you that this is a story of "God's great mercy." I don't see it. I see it as a story about a sadistic god.
And for someone mentally unstable, isn't it a dangerous story to teach? I mean, a god who approaches you in private and tells you to murder your son?
Don't question the voices. Just obey. Even though you KNOW it is wrong.
What kind of a message is that?
MM? Do you have any thoughts on either my original questions? Or this one? I'd be interested in hearing your insight as well.