“Cain became very angry and his countenance fell…It came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.” Genesis 4:5-8 NASB
Cain acted with the kind of attitudes we see in sporting events, politics, and business. Even in the church. He displayed a “killer instinct” and competed with ruthless intensity.
This is a sense of what Charles Darwin called the “survival of the fittest,” a byproduct of his theory of evolution. For years, Darwin battled with his publisher after writing a book, On the Origin of the Species. Finally, overcoming initial reluctance, his publisher gave in, and published the book in 1859. As predicted, a firestorm resulted. Many scientists ridiculed the conclusions. Astronomer John Herschel called Darwin’s theory the “law of higgledy-piggledy.”
One geologist reacted by laughing “until my sides were almost sore; other parts I read with absolute sorrow.” Church leaders were incensed that Darwin questioned the existence of God and the Biblical story of creation.
Gradually, more people came to believe his conclusions. Polls confirm that many now simply accept Darwin’s theories as fact.
It is hard not to think about this competitive spirit when reading about Cain and Abel. As this story illustrates, in our disputes, emotions can escalate. The Bible describes how “quarrels and conflicts” can arise when we envy others and ask for things with the “wrong motives” (James 4:1-3).
Today, remember to base your life on Biblical principles. Develop the talents God has given you. Seek to be a craftsman of excellence. But never forget to show His love for others, even “your enemies.” And seek to “do good to those who hate you” (Luke 6:27).
PrayerFather, give me Your attitude in my relationship with others. Help me do everything as unto You, and seek first Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingGenesis 4