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March 31, 2012

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Q: Did Abraham have just one son?

A: Some have said the Bible must be in error when Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, because Scripture says it was his only son, Isaac, but that could not be true because of Isaac’s older brother, Ishmael.

However, Hebrews 11:17 qualifies the “only son” concept for us. Isaac was the only begotten (i.e., unique, special) son of Abraham. Isaac was indeed unique and special in that he was the promised son through whom Jesus Christ, the Messiah, would come.

Similarly, Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, even though others are called the sons of God (such as Adam in Luke 3:38 and Christians in Galatians 3:26). Jesus is the only unique and special Son of God—God who became a man.


Continue reading to find out more as Bodie Hodge (AiG–U.S.) describes his discussion with a skeptic about this topic and its biblical solution.

News to Note Quick Look

Mimicry puzzle: Natural selection should reward the best. Yet poor mimics effectively avoid predators and reproduce. For example, about a fourth of the 5,600 species of the harmless hoverfly resemble stinging wasps and bees, both in sight and sound. Read more.


Walking up the evolutionary tree: Because they assume humans and chimpanzees share a common ape-like ancestor, an international team of researchers, who just published studies of chimpanzee behavior in Current Biology, believe they have discovered “the selective advantage that led to the origin of hominin bipedality.” Read more.


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