Tricking Abe to believing his son had to die was a heartless thing to do and had nothing to do with any promise.<quoted text> maybe he wanted to show abraham that #1 he was faithful to his promise and #2 that isaac the son of promise was not the one that was promised to redeem mankind but that in fact isaac himself needed to be redeemed and a substitute was provided for him.
As Bob said before, you Christians fear death just as much as we do. I never meat a person who wanted to die, unless they were suffering extreme pain in this life.<quoted text>
now you keep bringing up death as a cruel and unjust part of life. as a Christian we see death as the door that leads to eternity and a presence with God forever. so really we all die. if God chooses to take me "early" that's ok and probably better for me.