God: Caaaain, you can't hit people on the head with a rock, that kills people
Cain: I did not know that, that one's on me
Something I’ve always wondered. If god is truly omniscient, as many believe he is, why would he bother asking Cain “where’s Able?”
I mean, he’s supposed to be a god who knows everything. Yet doesn’t know where’s Abel, his favorite son is, or what Cain did to him? If he already knew, why bother asking?
I can only draw 3 reasonable conclusions to this, either
A. He’s playing along with the whole scenario as if it were a predetermined game to him
B. He’s going through the motions just because. Or because there’s nothing he can do about it. If so, that doesn’t sound like an all powerful being to me.
Or C. He’s not really omniscient
@Sterling M Archer, you forgot D:
He doesn’t real.
@Sterling M Archer, aside from some evangelical Christians most Christian-Judeo religions do not believe in the Old Testament as literal and more stories for moral guidance or examples of human tyranny and what not to do
@Sterling M Archer, Why do parents, women, and lawyers ask questions they already know the answer to?
@Mag3rPayne, yes, because all of those people will simply ask you “where’s your bother” knowing you brutally killed him with a stone
@Sterling M Archer, it was a chance for Cain to show remorse and potentially repent.
It's like when you were a kid and took a cookie without asking, and your Mom or Dad found out and asked what happened to the cookie. They know you took it, but how you respond shows how trustworthy you are and whether you feel bad. Your response could be taken into account when a consequence is decided.
@MakeItFeelGood, that doesn’t fly on this account. Because this is god we’re talking about. He who’s supposedly omniscient. He who knows everything. So he already knows Cain’s answer, whether he’ll show remorse or not. So again, if he already knows, how does help anyone? Essentially Cain at this point
@Sterling M Archer, I guess then this come down to the question of whether or not we have free will. It's a tough point to prove.
@Sterling M Archer, I assume because God knows all possibilities. He sees every situation that can happen and is surprised by nothing. Because we as human beings are gifted free will, one situation can play out in a hundred different ways and the decisions we make show a lot about our character and where we are at in life. God asked Cain, like MakeItFeelGood explained, to test if Cain would be truthful and remorseful, or if he would try to cover up his brother’s death and try to deceive God.
@Sterling M Archer, it’s probably the same reason we’re not instantly punished when we’re born. He waits until we actually commit a sin to punish us
There are times where He struck down people without talking to them (Er and Onan) and then times where He takes input from the servants He respects (consulting with Abraham before Sodom’s destruction, letting Moses convince Him to not destroy all the Israelites for the Golden Calf)
He talked with Cain, which shows that He really did love him. He asked “where’s Abel?” And Cain’s response was “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?”. This proves to future readers and Cain himself that he was not remorseful, nor the murder accidental
As a result, he got a specific punishment (marked/cursed to be a wanderer that should not be killed by man). Cain (and future readers) are fully aware of his crime and punishment, which allows Cain and his descendants to learn, repent, and grow. Which wouldn’t occur if God hadn’t asked “where’s Abel?”
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