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I don't have enough information to speak about the Southern Baptist Convention, where each congregation is a separate entity, and some could accept what the OP cites as the "serpent seed" doctrine, nor can I address the issues of the Assemblies of God. I do have some familiarity with the beliefs of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, and am a ...


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On the surface, the teaching that 'the original sin' was Eve having sex with the serpent/Satan and that this resulted in Cain could seem to most Protestants to be bizarre, nonsensical and offensive. They may think that someone promoting such a line would be mocking the scriptures and Christianity and not be in any way serious. On further investigation, ...


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I think you're talking about two separate curses in your question. The first curse, the curse on the ground, God inflicted on the entire earth because of Adam's sin: Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said,“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ...


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At your suggestion lets take a longer look at 2nd Corinthians chapter 11. As with most Scriptures, it is extremely difficult to extract the true meaning from a verse or a couple of verses without considering other verses not only around that verse, but in other verses in the Bible which lend explanation to the verses in question. All Scripture is taken ...


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Calvin addresses this in his commentary on Genesis 4, arguing that Abel was already accepted by God when he made this offering: We must, however, notice the order here observed by Moses; for he does not simply state that the worship which Abel had paid was pleasing to God, but he begins with the person of the offerer; by which he signifies, that God will ...


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In the canon of scripture the answer is not stated, but in the book of Jasher it is. I suppose most would not consider it doctrine since it is not in the current Bible, but in the book of Jasher it states: And Cain hastened and rose up, and took the iron part of his ploughing instrument, with which he suddenly smote his brother and he slew him, and Cain ...


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Genesis 5:4 "And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters" https://www.bible.com/bible/1/gen.5.4.kjv They had children by their sisters. (Incest was not prohibited at the time since genetic decay had not set in yet)


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Though many interpret God's rejection of Cain's sacrifice to be because it was not a blood sacrifice, the text doesn't support it. One has to take from another context and make suppositions to arrive at that conclusion. I believe the text tells explicitly the reason for the rejection. But first, let's look at sacrifice. Sacrifice was not used only for ...


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To give the church the most benefit of the doubt, I have to point out that 2 Nephi 5:21-23 doesn't refer to Cain and his descendants but rather Lamanites. In this case dark skin and being cursed are the same thing, but you could argue this is not necessarily the case with Cain. This is what the KJV (the Bible text accepted by the LDS Church) says about the ...


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If we consider Genesis 5, we'll see the omission of Cain and Abel. It's at 130 years that Adam has a son named Seth. (v. 3) Either information about other offspring has been omitted, or prior to the birth of Seth, there were only Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. Omission of other offspring is possible as this does occur in the Bible. If this is the case, then ...


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Marc, You are not alone in your struggles with the doctrine of predestination. Many others (including myself) wrestle with these profound doctrines. In your particular case where God is speaking to Cain, some light may be shed by observing that God is speaking here of "acceptance" which might also be translated "honored." However, God is not telling Cain ...


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To answer question 1, "Is it a belief of the Mormon church that a curse from God is the initial origin of all dark skin among humankind today?", we have, from lds.org: Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-...


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The KJV reads: I shall be a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me (Gen 4:14) Cain appears to be concerned about the future. As an outcast, he was afraid that future generations will come for him and slay him.


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It is inappropriate to read the Bible and assume that just because something wasn't mentioned, it must not have been. The Bible asserts that Adam lived about 900 years. A LOT happened during those 900 or so years, and yet we have a whopping two chapters in Genesis that deal specifically with Adam. But, let's look at what facts we have. Gen 4:14 (KJV)&...


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Why does God approve of Abel as righteous because of his offering? You stated this in point 5 of your question, and though it wasn’t explicitly asked, I wanted to address it because it is contrary to our first principles. Conversely, God approves of Abel’s offering because of his righteousness- a righteousness, like all godly righteousness, that comes to him ...


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In Genesis 4:1-2, we see that Cain was born first, not Abel as you said. Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. The timing of these events is not mentioned, but it is reasonable to assume that at least 9 months passed from Cain's birth ...


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We cannot know. We know nothing about Noah's female ancestors or his sons' wives. Maybe one (or more) of them was a descendant of Cain, maybe not. The Bible simply doesn't tell us enough to know either way. The idea that Seth's righteous family wouldn't intermarry with Cain's unrighteous family is unsupportable from the Bible, because Seth's righteous ...


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The Mormon "Book of Moses" 7:22 states that (emphasis added): And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them. Mormon viewpoint for most of their history was that black people ...


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Perhaps animal life sacrifice was begun by God himself in: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. Genesis 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Cain and Abel would have been familiar with this since an animal would also have to be sacrificed to make ...


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Interesting question indeed ! I made some researches on wol.jw.org, and came accross this reference : http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2010649 Here is the summary : Although this is often asked as a trick question by Bible skeptics, the Bible does provide sufficient detail to give a satisfactory answer. Genesis chapters 3 and 4 present the ...


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Was Noah and/or his family fully or partially descendant from Cain? Yes it seems possible, perhaps not provable, but how could anyone say for sure? Genesis - it simply does not give the ancestry for any of the women. Of course the idea that Cain is responsible for sin and evil being in humanity is just patently false. That would truly have been Adam and Eve! ...


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The main issue about unconditional election is the basis upon which God elects people. God elects people to salvation by His own sovereign choice and not because of some future action they will perform or condition they will meet. Those who come to Christ become His children by His will, not by theirs. “They were not God's children by nature or because of ...


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Your answer apparently lies in Genesis 6:1-2 (RSVCE) which says : When men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose. The Footnote attached to the verses state: “Sons of God could mean simply “divine beings,” as ...


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I think the confusion here lies in the extent of the gospel call. That is, do Calvinists believe that all people are called to repent, or only the elect? A defining position of Calvinism is that all are called to repent. As Charles Hodge writes: This call is universal in the sense that it is addressed to all men indiscriminately to whom the gospel is ...


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It was theorized that the mark on Cain was that of a black skin, however, Genesis 4:15 does not specify what the mark was. Moses 7:8 Mentions the people of Canaan, (contemporaries of Enoch) whose land was cursed with much heat and that a blackness came upon them, that they were despised of all men. Moses 7:22 specifies that the seed of Cain were black. ...


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And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Genesis 4:15 The Bible never says what the "mark" put on Cain was. And I have never seen any LDS-specific revelation about this mark. wherefore, as they were white, and ...


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Although an answer from the Book of Jasher has been given, Pseudo-Jonathan's targum (Aramaic paraphrase of the Tanakh with commentary) says Cain drove a stone into Abel's forehead, killing him.


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The weapon itself is never stated, though there are many potential options. Often, I've heard it said that Cain used the jawbone of an ass, but this is likely a conflation of stories with Sampson. While searching for the verses, I found an interesting possible answer, however it all comes down to a guessing game. According to the linked guess, Cain killed ...


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I think the only antichrist specifically identified from the bible is Lucifer, the great antichrist, as is mentioned in the link you've provided. You're right about Cain though, it is mentioned in the scriptures (Pearl of Great Price) that he loved Satan more than God (see Moses 5:13,18). This by definition makes him an antichrist. The link you provided ...


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