The story of Cain and Abel plays an important role in the foundation of Old Testament theology. While the narrative itself is simple, the themes are deep, and the message deceptively sophisticated.
Just as their parents are the archetypal first human beings and sinners, the brothers represent an archetypal sibling rivalry fuelled by humanity’s predilection for conflict. Their story is traditionally examined from the standpoint of ‘what happened to Abel, and why?’, but a greater lesson emerges when we take the standpoint of ‘what happened afterwards?’ Continue reading
People find this question offensive (and some have used this ‘offence’ as an excuse to avoid the issue). However, it is an accurate reflection of the special creationist position. Their model of creation requires incest. If you have no other people then God planned on incest as the mechanism of advancing His purpose of filling the earth with His glory.
The response to this challenge is to suggest that incest was not wrong until the time of the Mosaic Law (for example Ron Cowie). This answer supposes God’s principles are dependent on revelation to man. Not a sound position given God doesn’t change (James 1:17), and this contradicts Scripture, specifically Lev 18 which describes incest as an abomination saying: Continue reading
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel….”Gen 4:1-2
Following the birth of the two boys the record moves immediately into the sad tale of Abel’s murder. Cain is exiled and Scripture records Cain’s fear when he says:
“…every one that findeth me shall slay me” Gen 4:14
Cain does flee from his family and in exile proceeds to start a family: Continue reading