The Book Of Questions – Question #27

If God appeared to you in a series of vivid and moving dreams and told you to leave everything behind, travel alone to the Red Sea and become a fisherman, what would you do?  What if you were told to sacrifice your child?

Religion questions are always fun because they always come down to faith in your God/Higher deity. There is no scientific proof or evidence of them except for the leaves on the trees, the clouds in the sky, and the people and animals around us, among other things. I know these can be scientifically explained, but isn’t science just another type or form of religion where you believe in the laws and rules of science to explain everything around you so it makes sense. Of course this line of thinking could be/has been a journal/blog entry elsewhere. I guess I should just focus on the question at hand.

If God sent me to the Red Sea, then I would go.  The dreams would have to be pretty vivid for me to do this though.  My faith in anything including myself is pretty low.  I would probably need a miracle level of dream for me to do this.  Burning bush or winning lottery numbers probably.  Would I also need assurances that my parents would be ok without me? I mean, I can’t imagine mom moving to Israel and dealing with the heat.  I think healing her (and dad) would be necessary for me to move.  And to be a fisherman?  Are there even fish in the Red Sea?  I don’t even know.  I know that people go there and float on the water because it is so salty.  That’s about it.  I would have to learn Hebrew and Arabic to live there.  And learn to pilot/row a boat and use a fishing line.  Or would it be nets?  It would be weird to do this, but if I had enough belief, I guess I would do it.

To sacrifice a child to God would be a tougher matter.  I mean, we know Abraham did it and it turned out O.K. And if I had the belief/faith, it shouldn’t be a problem.  But that is easier said then done.  I think it’s easier for me to say that I could do it because I don’t have a child.  It would be harder if I was a father.  I wonder what some of my friends would say to this question; Kathy comes to mind.  Want to post this on Facebook and see the responses, but I think I’ll past