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The first murder committed against the human race was between Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam. Adam and Eve, created in the image of God were to subdue the land God had given them. Adam and Eve exerted their free will and chose to eat of the forbidden tree. The act of disobedience result in them being ejected from the Garden of Eden. Adam immediately felt the consequences of sin and the separation from God infiltrated his heart. Adams sons, Cain and Abel now living under the curse of sin presented an offering to God. Both men exercising their free will made two different offerings. Genesis 4:4 says the following about Abel's offering, "Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering". The offering Cain gave to God was some fruit but unlike his brother, they were not the first fruits of his harvest. Greg Laurie described Cain's action as, "Cain brought his offering to the Lord, but he didn't bring it in faith. No matter how great your gift may be, if your heart is wrong, then it will mean nothing" (Laurie, 2015). Cain became angry and murdered his brother out of jealousy. Looking at this murder through the lenses of criminology theories. I would say that the classical theory applies to this murder. Frank Schmalleger describes the classical theory as, "People control their own lives, and crime was explained as moral wrongdoing fueled by personal choice" (Schmalleger, 2015). Cain was clearly controlling his life when he select what offering he would give to God and choosing to murder his brother. A principle in the classical theory points to the natural instinct of right and wrong. Cain was the second generation of humanity and His parents had firsthand knowledge of God. His parents probably reminded him of the consequences of sin and the love of God daily. Cain knew in his heart that taking a life was clearly a violation of God's law. Another principle of the classical theory is pain and pleasure and how it effects human behavior. The pain Cain experienced from God not accepting his offering led to disappointment and heartache. Once again, Cain made the decision to allow his feelings, motion and desire, clouding his decision-making led him to commit murder. Finally, the principle of punishment is evident in this incident with Cain. God immediately knew Abel was died and when Cain was confronted, he denied his involvement because he knew punishment was coming. However, Cain's free will to committed murder, driven my jealousy allowed him to disregard the consequences of potential punishment in order to feel accepted. The biological theory of criminology holds that people committed crimes due to the DNA and genetic makeup. I believe this theory does not apply to this situation. Adam and Eve were not criminals in the since we view criminals today. Their crime was rejecting God's plan for their lives that resulted in them choosing their will over God's will.
Laurie, g. (2015, July 15). The Way of Cain. Retrieved from Christanity.com: https://www.christianity.com/devotionals/harvest-daily-greg-laurie/the-way-of-cain-greg-laurie-daily-devotion-july-15-2015.html
Schmalleger, F. (2015). Criminology Fourth Edition. In F. Schmalleger, Criminology (p. 6). New York, New York: Pearson.
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