The deconstructing Genesis thread has kind of inspired me to add some more elements here, So I will start with this: The story of Abraham is the story of the growth of faith in our lives and the tests that we draw to ourselves to make us grow. The story of Abraham is allegory, even Paul emphasizes this in Galations 4:23-26, ".....Which things are allegory: for these are the 2 covenants (promises); the one from the mount Sinai which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar). For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free. which is the mother of us all." God told Abraham that they would have children, yet they did not believe at first and so Sarah gave her handmaid Hagar to achieve the result. This tendency with us all to look at the first thing that makes sense, is reasonable to our materialistic ways of thinking. We try to find answers in the outer world before we are willing to look inwards. We attempt to find satisfaction in the outer, the lesser and miss the greater. Hagar means stranger in Hebrew. The materialistic thought is always a stranger to the spiritual thought. The reference to Mt Sinai is a reference to living under the Law of the 10 commandments, The Law of a people in bondage. It was clever of Paul to differentiate between the Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage (to the Romans, at the time) and the Jerusalem which is above, which is free and is the mother of us all. The obvious Jerusalem, the city in bondage to the Romans is all that most people see, The Jerusalem which is above is the consciousness of Peace that comes from complete reliance on the inner Source (God), This consciousness is always free and is the mother of us all....the faith that is the beginning of everything. (To be continued) Work tomorrow, time for bed.