This is Talk 2 of our series on Genesis.
Talk 2 focuses on the story of Cain and Abel.
Cain envied Abel and killed him.
Yes, the root of the problem is envy. Envy comes clothed with anger.
When we’re angry and afraid, the ancient part of our brain—called the reptilian brain—takes over. When we sin, we forget our humanity and act like beasts. Like the crouching serpent in the Garden of Eden who crouches as a predator, waiting to pounce on Adam and Eve.
Very few of us are cold-blooded killers like Cain. But the same envy can cause us to hurt others.
In life, we have only two choices: Step on the serpent or become the serpent.