Genesis 4:4-5

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Genesis 4:4-5: Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

Multiple Verses: God is impartial.

Genesis says that Cain's offering was not respected (as opposed to his brother's), but multiple verses say that God is impartial.

An impartial God would not respect one man's offering, but refuse the one given by his brother.

The difference in responses to Cain and Abel's sacrifices is never shown to be favoritism, God could have had other reasons for respecting Abel's sacrifice over Cain's.

This would mean, perhaps, that Cain's withholding of the firstborn of his flock was a demonstration of his selfishness in giving a sacrifice to God.

So God could have been acting impartially with the two people involved, but still not respect the offering of Cain, in knowing that the heart behind it was of selfishness.


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