There is too much hate in the world and too many people think it’s just fine and dandy to kill another person. Why do we kill? Did we inherit this curse because of Cain? It’s a strange question considering that I don’t believe in the whole creation story as being based on fact. I believe they were stories that helped early mankind understand our evolutionary process.
While I believe in a GOD; a Creator who stirred the primordial soup to get the show on the road, I believe HE accomplished this task via science. I love the thought of a powerful and loving Spirit who allows miracles to unfold at a methodical pace.
But, because of evolution, we are left with a question that leaves us at a loss to explain. Why do we kill? Is the desire to hurt or kill another living thing inherited? Would we learn the answer from the bible stories? Why did Cain kill Abel?
To understand why the mythical Cain would kill his brother Abel, one needs to travel back to the creation story itself. Adam and Eve had everything they needed to survive without pain or worry. They were given free will and with that gift came the first command. “Don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge.” According to the creation story, Lucifer was upset that God gave mere humans free will. Only the angels had free will, but maybe Lucifer could use this gift of free will to destroy the man and woman.
Did Lucifer take on the form of Adam to trick Eve into bearing his seed? This is a possibility and would explain why the Creator would not only banish the male and female, but also punish Lucifer. This would not be the first time we would hear of a god or goddess tricking a female or male human to mate with them. The Roman and Greek mythologies are full of this type of trickery.
Eve was faced with bearing and raising a son that did not belong to Adam. Cain had Lucifer’s DNA and also his temperament. Abel, on the other hand was from Adam’s seed? Would this child be more like his human parents? Would Adam favor the younger son who he knew carried his DNA? I can see this happening. The jealousy between the boys would have begun at a young age.
While Cain, according to the bible story, was a farmer; Able was a shepherd. There was enough land for both sons to live peacefully, but according to the story, God favored Abel. Why would God do that unless the sight of Cain was displeasing? Did God see the resemblance of his once beloved angel in Cain’s features? Cain was an outcast with both his family and the Creator. Cain had the blood of Lucifer running through his veins. I could see him looking at Abel and thinking that all his problems would vanish if his brother were dead. With Abel dead, Adam and God would be forced to accept him.
The bible story tells us that Abel was murdered by Cain. We know that Cain was made to roam the Earth after a mark was placed on his forehead as a warning that Cain was not to be harmed. If Cain carried the DNA of Lucifer, did he pass the “kill” gene onto his children; to us? Are we a combination of GOD and Devil? Or, is the act of murder in our genes because of evolution?
Richard Dawkins book, The Selfish Gene explains that a ‘selfish gene’ revolves around savage competition and ruthless exploitation while capable of acts of altruism. We needed that selfish gene to climb out of the swamps, but we also have a soul. Is the soul the counterbalance to the ‘kill’ gene?
If the soul is the only remaining connection we have with the Creator, then maybe, we can and will eventually overcome the selfish gene. Will we one day overcome the Cain legacy that was left to us? Will we stop the mindless killing? I hope so because my heart is heavy with all the hate in the world and...all the needless and brutal deaths.