Building Strong Hearts, Cultivating Deep Life! Genesis 4:1-16 1 John 3:12…. “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.” [TNIV] about God and about the way God should be approached and propitiated. Cain had his own religion. A) Reason For Revelation Since the fall, man’s reasoning powers are often flawed. We can never know God apart from His own personal revelation of Himself. B) The Beauty Of Blood “ …without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (of sin).” [TNIV] Abel’s way was God’s way! C) Trying For Trusting “By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice than Cain did ….” [TNIV] works, human effort and personal merit. Cain’s creed…. “I’m doing the best I can!” D) Feelings For Facts Cain felt justified in what he did. He had good feelings about his altar and offering. Cain was religious but not righteous! A) A Spirit Of Intolerance “…. 4b The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. …. …. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’ ” [TNIV] B) A Spirit Of Insolence “Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don't know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother's keeper?’ ” [TNIV] “insolence” means “Boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; arrogantly contemptuous.” God said that a curse will be over Cain and the generation that comes after him! Cain is the father of all who preferred their own belief, principles, and opinions to Christ or His Word.