In this the children of God and the children of the devil are
manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is
he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why
did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s
righteous.( I John 2:10-12)
Cain and Abel were brothers. Both of them were strict Monotheistic worshippers also. But that is where the similarity ended.
Abel worshipped the One True God on God’s terms,bringing a blood
sacrifice to the altar of God’s choosing. In that worship was a simple
confession, “I am a sinner deserving of death, please accept me on the
basis of this substitute, an innocent lamb, who has died in my place”.
We are told that the Holy God accepted this offering, bringing Abel into
Cain was also a monotheistic worshipper of the one God, but refused
to bring an offering of substitutionary death. His worship also was a
statement, by bringing the fruit of the ground, he was in effect saying,
“I bring you this, the fruit of my works that you have blessed.” He saw
no need to come to God via a vicarious offering, his works were good
enough! But God manifestly rejected his worship.
Consequently, He slew his own brother, Abel, who had come to God’s
altar by blood in the God appointed way. Both worshippers made a blood
sacrifice, for Cain, who refused to come to God by a substitute,
sacrificed Abel to his own rage.
Fast forward from Genesis 4, to New Years morning, 2011, Egypt.
Cain’s spiritual heirs set a car bomb outside of a Coptic church,
killing dozens and wounding hundreds, who were merely worshipping the
one true God, through Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, who offered himself
as a sacrifice for sinners.
As the worshippers left the church service, the modern-day Cain’s set
off the bomb on men, women and children, in an act of cowardly ,wanton
slaughter. We will again be lectured by the modern-day apologists for
Cain’s religion, that it is of course a religion of peace, and that
proponents of Abel’s religion also have done atrocities.
False religion has consequences, there will always be a sacrifice.
God has appointed a way to come unto himself for sinners. Jesus said, “I
am the way, the truth and the Life, and no one can come to the Father
but by me”.
But if not through the One who loved us and gave himself for us, the
Cains of our world concoct other unwilling human sacrifices. Abortion
is the secular equivalent, and in the case of the “religion of peace”,
Heaven is attained by “slaughtering without mercy the infidels”. In
other words, someone has to pay the price.
Cain killed his brother, because of His brother’s goodness. Abel did
no harm, but his witness convicted Cain. The modern religion of Cain
cannot abide any trace of Christianity in it’s once christian majority
lands.What were the worshippers in Egypt doing to hurt anyone? Their
worship of Jesus Christ, the God appointed sacrifice un- nerves the
practitioners of Cain’s religion to the point of murderous frenzy.
Dhimminitude, jizya tax, oppression that is deliberately humiliating,
and in the case of events like this New Years day mass murder, are all
considered by Cain’s spiritual heirs, to be legitimate expressions of
their religion. Cain can’t stand the free expression of Abel’s religion,
it disturbs his uneasy conscience.
The modern followers of Cain also have an uneasy conscience. They are
already blaming the Jews for the murder that they perpetrated in Egypt,
now that the light of world disapproval shines on it.
This is because though their religion calls for such murder, and
their supreme prophet, a pirate, murderer and rapist,(A true son of Cain
if there ever was one) acted that way, they still have a conscience,
and possibly can be saved. Let’s pray for them this year.