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Q: Why did God tell Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar then tell him, “Never mind!” at the last minute? He already knew what Abraham would do, so what was the point?

A: James offers a great explanation of Abraham’s sacrifice in James 2:21-24. Abraham’s act showed his faith by his works (James 2:18). He did what he did because he believed what he believed. And, in the words of James: “Faith was working together with his works, and by works, his faith was made perfect,” (James 2:22). “Perfect” in this verse means complete; Abraham’s faithful act confirmed and deepened his faith, whi...

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