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29th February 2024

A Maze of Religion

Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Genesis 4:2 

When did man invent this maze of religion? It began with two very well known Bible characters. When Adam and Eve had their sons, we might have thought they would have been able to instil in both of them the importance of a right relationship with God. However, Cain wanted to do it his own way. He approached the first altar with his offering of “the fruit of the ground” (Genesis 4:3), trying to regain “paradise” without accepting God’s plan of redemption. Cain brought what he had grown, the distinctive elements of his own culture. Today, we would call Cain’s gift his attempt at salvation by works. But God never said we could work our way to Heaven. His brother Abel obeyed God and humbly offered the first of his flock in a sacrifice of blood (v 4). Abel agreed with God that sin deserved death and could be covered before God only through the substitutionary death of a guiltless sacrifice

The Bible declares, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness) for sin” (Hebrews 9:22). This is why Christ shed His blood on the cross. Knowing that man would sin is why God sent His Son to pay the penalty for mankind’s redemption. This is what distinguishes Christianity from the maze of religions in the world. 

Bible Reading

Genesis 4:1-15.


God of Grace, thank You for the shed blood of Christ for me. In His name, I pray. Amen.



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