The Development Of Cain With His Posterity -- By: C. E. Smith

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 086:343 (Jul 1929)
Article: The Development Of Cain With His Posterity
Author: C. E. Smith


The Development Of Cain With His Posterity

Civilization Without Religion

C. E. Smith

It is a strange and appalling fact that the word of God for a race created for His Glory should have at its very beginning to tell the story of a murderer, and his descendants. It shows that this story has in God’s mind a great and needed lesson for the race, and is not a temporary fact of its history but an abiding fact always to be considered and acted upon. It is a momentous conclusion that wickedness never takes warning from its errors, and suffering, but develops new errors and suffering and persuades itself that it is well off after all.

Cain appears sensible that he is being punished for his crime; and exclaims that his punishment is more than he can bear. He even seems to lament that he is banished from the presence of the Lord where he might hope for reformation. But evidently it was a relief to him to get out of sight of a place of worship where his kind of worship was not acceptable, and he might feel free to follow his own bent without unpleasant remonstrance. Accordingly his history, and that of his descendants must have had no unacceptable admixture of any kind of religion.

What they did choose as a substitute more agreeable, and quite sufficient to employ their great powers as still great creatures of a great God was what we call civilization; and doubtless they were as contented and satisfied with it as their successors have been ever since. We have the Divine description of their civilization, and though of course it may not be as elaborate as it has since become, yet we find it essentially the same.

The sons of Cain built a city and doubtless felt as proud of it as the same kind of people have felt ever since. The early cities had their fascinations for their citizens, as interesting in their dwellings, public buildings, amusements and places of resort as have been similar features of cities since that period.

They had their famous musicians, and probably places of entertainment above ground, and their dives after dark, and nobody objecting in a city without religion. They discovered metallurgy which lies at the foundation of almost every manufactory. Science and arts and their use of cattle and flocks gave them the pleasure of the country and the enjoyment of good living.

Later in the history, there were mingled with its earlier people a strain from that of the Patriarchs, attracted by the beauty of the women and called by the high title of the “Sons of God.” The offspring from their mixture, some of whom were giants in stature, became men of renown. Those favorites of all classes on account of t...

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