1Adam knew his wife Eve intimately, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, "I have had a male child with the LORD's help." 2Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of a flock, but Cain cultivated the land. 3In the course of time Cain presented some of the land's produce as an offering to the LORD. 4And Abel also presented [an offering] — some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but He did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he was downcast.
6Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you furious? And why are you downcast? 7If you do right, won't you be accepted? But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it."
8Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
– Genesis 4:1-8 (HCSB)
It occurs to me when I read this that Abel sacrificed an animal and Cain merely brought what he knew. God found the offering a little short. Cain gets the idea that god loves a killer.
What else could he do?
I love this story. this and Job are the densest things in that book. They tell us all about ourselves. It's mentioned that we were created in his image. I think that's pretty backwards. When we talk or paint or sing we always talk about our selves, in our myths and inadvertently when we say what we wish we were. This is just the cleanest example. God loves a killer.
And I love a good Clint Eastwood western.