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Two Kinds of People Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Two Kinds of People

Abraham teaches us that there really are two kinds of people from God's perspective: the faithful and the futile.

At a Glance

Pundits in all times and circumstances have occasionally suggested that "There are two kinds of people ...," a statement which is then followed by a pithy description of the human race that divides everyone into two categories. In the Genesis text, it would seem that Scripture is, in this story at least, also suggesting that there are two kinds of people on the earth. And Abraham is one of them.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same reading, see "The 4 Rules of Soul Skiing," March 8, 1998, at

Early 20th century humorist Robert Benchley once proposed what he called "The Law of Distinction," which goes something like this: "There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe there are two kinds of people and those who don't." We love how Benchley pokes fun at our human tendency to perceive the world in dichotomous, Manichean terms of black versus white, good versus evil, Republican versus Democrat, Beatles lovers versus Elvis lovers .......

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