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ABRAHAM: THE MAN OF FAITH

ABRAHAM: THE MAN OF FAITH

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Abraham was a nomad shepherd from Ur whose dream was to have a son. Thanks to God's intervention and his personal response became a man of deep faith and the father of three Religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianism... How did it happened? Find it inside...
Abraham was a nomad shepherd from Ur whose dream was to have a son. Thanks to God's intervention and his personal response became a man of deep faith and the father of three Religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianism... How did it happened? Find it inside...

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ABRAHAMTHE MAN OF FAITH
ByPrudencio García Pérez
 
ABRAHAM THE MAN OF FAITH
0. INTRODUCTION
 The world created by God has been corrupted because of therebellion of man against the Creator. These are the two mainreason of the rebellion:
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Mankind wants to be like God.
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Mankind wants to occupy the place of God, owner of his lifeand world.
Human pride and ambition was the cause of losing God’sfriendship and living separated from Him. This separationprovoked the corruption of mankind (hatred and death of thebrother, vengeance, sexual sins, pride and the desire of fame)and consequently the punishment from God (nomad’s life, theflood and the destruction of the tower of Babel).
Despite the present situation, God does not stop intervening inhuman history and announces a promise to Abraham: he will bea blessing for all the families of the world (Gn 12: 3). This is anew beginning between God and humankind.
1. WHO IS ABRAHAM?
Abraham is the first person in the Bible we can locate in time andspace. He is one of the most important characters in the religioushistory of mankind: Genesis dedicates 14 chapters to him and isnamed at least 72 times in the New Testament.
 The 14 chapters of Genesis are the result of 3 different traditions: YAHWIST: puts the accent on the promise to Abraham (Gn 12, 13,16, 18, 24 and 25); ELOHIST: highlights his faith (Gn 15, 20 and22); PRIESTLY: underlines the covenant between God and thePatriarch.
According to Genesis, Abraham was born in Ur (capital of Summer) at around the year 1850 B. C. He lived in a nomad’scamp outside the city and the chief of the tribe was his father, Terah. They worshipped many gods (Jos 24: 2). Due to thefrequent wars in the region, they migrated to Haran and settledthere.
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In short, Abraham was the son of the tribe’s chief: rich in cattle,money, slaves and property. He worshipped the gods of thecountry and lived in Haran until the age of 75.
2. ABRAHAM’S VOCATION2.1. A CALL FROM GOD
While Abraham was in Haran, God called him: “
Leave your land, your country, and your father’s home and go to the land that Iam going to show you
” (Gn 12: 1). An unknown and mysteriousGod invites him to abandon everything:
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Land: properties, landscape… he becomes a migrant.
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Country: birth’s place, culture… he becomes a citizen of the world.
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Father’s home: leave family and its love… he becomes anorphan.
 This God asks him to leave everything to follow a vague dream:walk to a place without an exact location. God asks much andgives little. God demands a radical faith and trust in him;Abraham must abandon himself in God’s Word. This faith isactive: he should move and look for that land. This faith is also arisk: he could lose everything and not find any land.
2.2. GOD’S PROMISE
 This is the promise of God to Abraham:
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shallbe blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will cursethose who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shallbe blessed” 
(Gn 12: 2-3). The writer repeats 5 times the root of the word “bless”; 6 are the promises and 7 are the phrases(symbol of totality). These promises of benediction are a paradoxif we compare them with the present situation of Abraham. Thereis a deep conflict between the promises and the reality of Abraham:
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Great nation
: Abraham is old and his wife is barren (Gn11: 30).
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God will bless him
-it means prosperity and wealth-:starting his journey he becomes very poor.
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His name will be great 
: nobody knows him and is alonely man.
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