A while back I made a post showing a bible contradiction about the number of the sons of Abraham (see link below). After pointing out the contradiction, I argued that when god ordered Abraham to kill his “only” son, Isaac, Abraham should’ve done nothing, because Isaac was born after Ishmael. Therefore, Isaac was one of at least two sons — not the only son. Today I opened my browser to see a comment from a Mr. Andrew Davis. He argues that this is not a bible contradiction — that god did not recognize Ishmael as a legitimate son because Ishmael was born out of wedlock. See Mr. Davis’ comment below:
God uses the words “only son Isaac”, because in God’s eyes, Isaac was the “True” son of Abraham, by Covenant and by Promise.
Mr. Davis then argues that:
God agreed with Sarah’s decision of expelling Ishmael and Hagar from their home.
In other words, god sanctioned punishing Ishmael strictly for being Abraham’s illegitimate son. Let us, please, take a moment to consider implications of such a view.
If indeed god did not consider Ishmael to be a legitimate son, worthy of the title of “first,” then god has thrown all children born out of wedlock under the bus. I might add that this is by no fault of Ishmael or any other child born out of wedlock. They had no say in the “crimes” of their father. A quick look to the Catholic bible confirms that god makes children suffer for the sins of the father (Exodus 34:7):
keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
yet by no means clearing the guilty,
but visiting the iniquity of the parents
upon the children
and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.
In other words, god doesn’t care about the welfare, happiness, or rights of illegitimate children (or any child with a father who sins). If I believed in god, I would steadfastly reject the god of Abraham. I might instead believe this to be a devil. Any god who punishes children or views them as false children because of the sins of the father is neither just nor worthy of worship. Instead, such a being deserves our utmost contempt.
Luckily for the god of Abraham I do not believe in him; contempt is impossible for me. But it’s something for believers to consider. If you have an illegitimate child, do you think he/she doesn’t deserve to be considered the father’s “true” child? Children (especially pre-born children) have no say in the deeds of their fathers. And they all deserve the same recognition as children and human beings as do children born with married parents.