13 該隱-亞當之子  

在創世記的故事中,該隱與他的弟弟亞伯,一個耕地,一個以放牧為生。

一日,該隱從地裡的出產,取作供物獻給神,亞伯也從他羊群中頭生的,從羊的脂油,取作供物獻上。神看中亞伯和他的供物,卻不悅納該隱和他的供物,該隱就垮下臉,大大發怒。神於是對該隱說,你為什麼發怒?你若行得好豈不能抬頭挺胸?你若行得不好,罪就伏在門前,它要戀慕你,但你得制服它。另一日,該隱對他的弟弟亞伯說,我們往田間去罷,二人正在田間,該隱起來毆打他弟弟亞伯,把他殺了。

公義慈愛的神豈偏待人?按經文,一個人是否蒙神悅納,關鍵在你素常的行事為人,也存乎一心;而不在表面的宗教禮儀,不在乎賄賂式的獻祭。神一早警告該隱,當你存心不善,背離真理,罪就好像一頭蟄伏在心門外的野獸,伺機駕馭主宰你,而你必須制服它,否則必然接續幹出更嚴重的傷天害理的事。

這個故事同時暗示,人類既系出同源(有著共同的祖先共同的創造主),那麼一切人世間的殺戮,就都是手足相殘。又該隱出於分別心而生忌妒,忌妒乃一切不快樂爭競、不平等、殺戮、戰禍,乃至生態破壞的根源。

 

In the Book of Genesis tells the story of Cain, a farmer and his younger brother Abel who was a shepherd.

“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 worth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? And whyㄋis thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”

Why would an impartial God favor someone over another? According to the scriptures, the key to be favored by God is based on our daily behavior and our true intentions. It is not based on the superficial religious gestures, or offerings that intend to bribe. When you have no righteousness in your heart, you betray the truth, then sin will crouch at your doorstep like a ferocious beast waiting to overpower you. But you must master it or else greater sins await you.

This story also implies that all humans share a common root (same ancestors and same Creator), which means all the battles between men are fratricides. The jealousy experienced by Cain is the basis of all the injustice, killings, and the wars in the world.

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