Cain and Abel

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The First Brothers

When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they lived on their own and toiled for food. Then Eve conceived and gave birth to their first born son, Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord, I have brought a man into the world.”

Cain is the first man to have been born of a woman -- not by creation. Later Eve gave birth to another son, Abel.

The two boys grew up and took two different career paths -- Cain worked as a farmer and Abel as a shepherd.

On the day that they were to make offerings to God, Abel made sure he gave the best to God. He selected the choicest portion from some of the firstborn of his flock for his burnt offering. It was chosen with care and love for the Lord.

Cain brought the fruits of the soil and offered them to God – probably without much care and consideration as to whom the offering was for. Probably he brought the offering out of duty and not out of love.

And God, who could see inside a man’s heart, looked with favor on Abel and his offering but on Cain and his offering, God did not look with favor.

This made Cain very angry and very jealous of his brother.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? If you do the right thing, will I not accept your offering? But if you do not do right, sin is creeping inside you and controls you... you have to overcome it."

So God knew what is inside Cain’s heart, that was why his offering was not favored and God warned him about it.

But anger and jealousy consumed Cain. One day, he said to Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” When they were out in the field, Cain struck his brother Abel and killed him. That was the first murder committed.

Then the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” He was not only a murderer, he was also a liar.

The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! The blood of your brother is crying out to me from the ground where you spilled it. You are cursed and driven from the land. You can no longer grow any crops from the ground. You will wander restlessly on the earth."

Cain said to the Lord, “This punishment is too much for me. You drive me away from the land and I will no longer be in Your presence. I will wander restlessly on the earth and whoever finds me will kill me.”

But the Lord said to him, “Anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.”

Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

So Cain left the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod which means wandering, on the east of Eden.

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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

Here's a question for you. If Adam and eve were the first people, and Cain and able were their first children, where did the "city" that Cain was banished to come from and who lived there? If it was all his brothers and sisters, why would god have to mark him in order to protect him from violence?


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Porshadoxus 3 years ago from the straight and narrow way

JM:

Cain was not banished to a city.

Genesis 4:12- "...you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth."

Genesis 4:17- "...and he built a city, and called the city Enoch..."

The Bible never says that Cain, Abel and Seth were the only children born to Adam and Eve. Nor are we told how long they lived before the murder took place. Adam and Eve certainly had other children along the way, including girls.

As far as the threat of violence- all mankind was (and is) sinful. Any one of Cain's siblings could have desired revenge on him.

And yes, Cain would have married his sister. Human DNA and genetic code was fresh, with no genetic wasting, so those first generations would have been safe from defects due to inbreeding. Besides, DNA research has shown that all humans are related.


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

He built a city by himself? If it were his brothers and sisters alone, why did god have to mark him? Wouldn't everyone have known?


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Virgo908 3 years ago Author

Well explained Porshadoxus... actually, I found a website which answered the question "Where did Cain find his wife?" if he, Adam & Eve were the only ones left on earth after he killed Abel. If seemed that time played an important part in the story of Cain. He wandered the earth restlessly which could have been a hundred years before "Cain lay with his wife" (Gen. 4:17) and by that time, Adam and Eve must have produced daughters who could have married their brothers and settled somewhere else... as you said there was no concern of genetic defects due to inbreeding back then... and yes, violence was in man's nature -- a little misunderstanding, a little jealousy and anyone could have killed Cain -- if he can kill his own brother who grew up with him, how much more a brother who did not grow up with him... that could be why God put a mark on him...We may not understand why He put a mark on Cain but it's OK... God is God and He knows what He is doing....


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Virgo908 3 years ago Author

JMcFarland... thanks for your questions... it gives me a lot to think about... I would like to write here that website which answers a lot of questions about creation but I just can't remember the site title, much more the URL...


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

I understand that the answer of "god is god" is safe. The story just doesn't make sense when you take the time to read what it actually says rationally.


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k12rswow 3 years ago from New England

Hi JM

Long time no talk, I always like talking to a thinking atheist. Questioning everything is good. Here is my attempt at giving you an answer.

My Mom (born 1925) had thirteen brothers and sisters, and in the 1980's someone counted ~500 cousins; I would think close to two generations. Now thirty years later the number has swelled to the point we don't even know.

Biblical ages were very different in Genesis. People lived longer, therefore it is very easy to see that within say two hundred years one family could generate numbers to have a city.


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

I know that the bible says people lived longer, but there's no evidence to support the idea that a human being could live for 900+ years. The human body starts to decay and turn against itself. Have you met someone who's 100? Are they really capable of having children?


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Porshadoxus 3 years ago from the straight and narrow way

There is forensic evidence that the conditions on the planet were quite different before the flood in the days of Noah. For instance, air pressure was much higher, like an hyperbaric oxygen chamber. That, combined with the lack of DNA degradation, would certainly allow people to live longer.


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k12rswow 3 years ago from New England

Now your jumping topics. Did that mean you liked my answer?

Regarding biblical ages. Back a few years ago some physicist determined that light is not a constant. It's speed varied, therefore the faster light traveled the slower time becomes. Age could have been effected, just a working theory.


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

Not jumping topics. You said nothing about the original topic, just listed information about your family tree. You brought up ages in the Bible and how people lived longer. What physicist? Source, please.


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k12rswow 3 years ago from New England

Oh, just re-read your post.

Here is just one citation regarding the speed of light slowing down.

http://www.icr.org/article/283/

You need to understand time/light relationships, then it's easier to understand how the aging process slows down.


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

The institute for creation research is not held to the scientific process. Sure, they're "peer reviewed" in that they all agree with each other. Hows about an independent scientific source?


Porshadoxus profile image

Porshadoxus 3 years ago from the straight and narrow way

That's funny. Evolution scientists all agree with each other about evolution theory, and most refuse to consider scientific inquiry into creation theory.


JMcFarland profile image

JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

That comment expresses ignorance to the scientific method and how the whole scientific community works.


Porshadoxus profile image

Porshadoxus 3 years ago from the straight and narrow way

My comment reflects the reality that most evolutionists reject out of hand anything that gets close to creation or intelligent design.


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k12rswow 3 years ago from New England

Ok Sunshine,

Here is a better source:

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-205_162-517850.html

Oh by the way, JM when sea turtles lay their eggs higher up on the beach it's because it will be a more intense hurricane season. How do they know?


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JMcFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

criticism for the ICR - including criticism from other christians. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_for_Creatio...

k12 - still researching. I'm assuming that sea turtles know by instinct - the same way most other animals have a natural instinct to protect their young. Dogs predict earthquakes. Labs can be trained to recognize unrecognizable difference in blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. It's evolution at its best.

Do you know why most scientists reject the creation hypothesis? Because it's a hypothesis, which is far different from a scientific theory. The IRC specifically require that all of its "scientists" sign a "statement of faith" that all of their research will uphold the inerrant nature of scripture. That is not how real science works.


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k12rswow 3 years ago from New England

Let's step out of this discussion for a moment. This game seems to be attack and defend; all the time. Be honest, what do you believe in? And I ask this not to put you on the spot in front of an online audience. What drives you to attack the bible instead of Islamic writings or eastern religions?

What does McFarland believe in at the end of the journey?

Peace bro

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