I think everybody else is wrong about the importance of the story of Abraham. You know, where God tells Abe to take Isaac (his son) up on a mountain and sacrifice him. The lesson that is taught is that Abe was rewarded for his faith and lived happily ever after. Wrong. At the beginning of the story, God speaks to Abraham. Once Abraham binds Isaac and prepares to sacrifice him, God sends an angel to stop him. AHA! God won't speak to Abraham anymore. Abraham screwed up royally. The parent's job is to protect the children. Abraham failed and so God turned his back on Abraham. What he should have done is to accept God's wrath and protect his child. Further indication that I am correct and everyone else wrong, is that Abraham was never allowed to return home - he was forced to relocate after this story.