The Story of Cain & Abel

This has got to be one of the all time dumbest bible stories. In fact, I don’t know why it’s even in here other than the fact that it is the first documented case of murder or fratricide in biblical history. 


This story does however illustrate the consistency in the biblical nature of god and his many attributes.  And since it is only a small part of chapter 4, what the hell?


Adam and Eve are just getting to know each other in the biblical sense at this point so, humanities first sexual interlude, the first ever act of intercourse takes place and all Moses had to say about was …



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. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.


So why did god pass up a stellar opportunity to teach his children about fatherhood from the first father ever with some verses on how Adam courted Eve, how involved he was in the pregnancy, the delivery of the first baby.  Why does god skip over how Adam taught the child and what he taught him.  Why was the very first human natural birth on planet earth covered in just one verse?  It seems to me that had someone paid more attention to this first child ever, he may not have had the anger issues he displays later on in the story.  


One can only assume with the blatant omission of any detail whatsoever that Cain and Abel grew into their professions with time and were not as the verse implies, born with a robe and shepherd staff or overalls and a plow respectively.


Cain and Abel at some point were taught to offer sacrifices to god to appease his anger and vengeance or whatever but when they did, god shows pleasure with Abel’s offering but not with Cain’s.



And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.


And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:


But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.


So, Cain is hurt because god doesn’t respect his offering and he gets pissed off.  So, god is apparently wandering around the lone and dreary world or just hovering over Adam and family because he sees Cain all pissed off and in his omni-whateverness finds himself having to ask a seemingly stupid question:



And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If god just disrespected Cain’s offering and he is seeing he is pissed off and his countenance is on the ground or whatever, why does he ask him what’s wrong if not to just rub it in a bit.


So god goes on to explain to Cain that if he would just do good, he would be respected but if he continues on the path he is on, well, he will be hanging out in the domain of sin and that is where he will stay. 


Moses doesn’t tell us what terrible sins Cain was committing to have his offering disrespected by god, but one can only assume it was an awful sin. On the other hand, at this point in the bible everyone is just guessing what sin is and what is not, because god hasn’t set out his instructions yet so how the hell can Cain sin or know if he is?


So far, the only commandments given have been to multiply and replenish the earth and to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The fruit thing is over and null and void so all that is left is to screw and have kids. 


Obviously, the interaction between god and Cain didn’t go so well because Cain is still upset about the whole thing and one day while the two brothers are hanging out in the field, Cain clobbers and kills Abel providing humanity with its first ever homicide.



And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?


And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.


Again, I have to ask why this god who is supposedly omniscient, omnipotent and omni-everything else has to ask such stupid damn questions?! 


God goes on to curse Cain by making the earth not yield anything if he goes back to farming and he is relegated to a “fugitive and a vagabond in the earth” for killing his brother.  Cain complains a bit about how he is going to be hunted down and killed as he wanders the earth which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever since the only people around are his brothers and sisters – and that we must assume because the good book doesn’t actually say so.



And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.


Who exactly is god talking about if Adam and Eve were it? Wouldn’t Cain pretty much know where his brothers and sisters were and who to avoid because they are pissed off by his killing Abel? Why does god need to mark Cain so he isn’t killed?


This ridiculous nonsensical verse has been the basis for even more absurd and ridiculous doctrine in modern days.  There are religions that actually believe that the mark of Cain was turning his skin black and hence the rise of the African race. In fact, the LDS or Mormon religion actually banned anyone of African descent from their priesthood based on this stupid verse. What are we missing here? How does anyone come to any conclusion other than god is confused and all screwed up in his holy word because none of it makes any sense?



And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.


And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.


So, Cain starts his gallivanting globe tour as he heads east and he …. What the hell??!  Where does his wife come from?  Is god out there extracting ribs again? On the other hand, could it be that this crap cannot be taken literally, and Adam and Eve were not alone but maybe just symbolic of the first humans on earth. 


From here on out it is this ongoing rambling of who begat who and named them what for who cares what reason but there you have it, and they lived a long ass time and “builded” stuff.


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