Was it sin for Cain to offer fruits and vegetables instead of an animal sacrifice like his brother Abel? I do not believe it was. Cain later revealed the evil that was in his heart by committing a long list of offenses, including but not limited to, killing his brother in a fit of jealousy. Read the rest of the story at Biblical Survey, Cain and Abel.
The next installment of Bible Survey has been posted. The Fall recounts the events of Gen. 2:4 – 3:24, and offers plenty of food for thought. I’m sure you will wonder why some things were left out. These posts are so long as it is, even though there were other things I would have liked to have said. Perhaps it will happen in the comment thread as people respond or ask questions. I think there are 3 points of interest that could spark debate:
- I definitely take the view that man has free will, and plainly deny predestination in my explanation of original sin.
- Marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman; at least, marriage that honors God as it was given by God.
- Genesis 3:15 is the first hint at the announcement of the Gospel. The notion of Jesus appears as early as the third chapter of the Bible. God knew even then what he was doing, and Moses writes it down without having a clue.
Link to The Fall at Bible Survey.
It’s done! The much awaited first installment of Bible Survey, Creation Week, is now online.
The first 12 chapters of Genesis cover a period of centuries, and present us with some major events from early history. The Gen. 1 post is lengthy, and this looks like it may be a slow go for a few posts. After we meet Abraham in Gen. 12, we should be able to take wings and fly. Here is an excerpt:
God is all-powerful, and created all that exist from nothing, confirmed by Heb. 11:3 and Rev. 4:11. Critics might argue that Hebrew is an ancient, difficult language, and that no original copies survive due to the passage of time. Many times, however, the truths of the Old Testament are quoted, illustrated, or otherwise affirmed by the authors of the New Testament. Their writings are more recent, plentiful, and easier translated from Greek and/or Aramaic. That God created the universe and all that is in it is one of those fundamental truths.
The Master’s Table survey of the Bible is up and running at last. Bible survey posts are located at their own unique URL, biblesurvey.wordpress.com The first (and only at this moment) post is an introduction to Genesis. The next post, Creation Week Gen. 1:1 – 2:3, will be up in a couple of days.