In the first two chapters of the Bible things in the world are “very good”. By the time one reads on to chapter 4 of the Bible Cain murders his brother Abel in a religious rage. Evil moves fast.
Based on this Biblical story of the rapid human descent into family, social and religious violence, it is hard to defend the idea that today’s world is essentially worse than it has ever been.
Things have been as essentially bad as they are for a very long time. What has changed is the scale and size of evil, not the essential nature or speed of evil. In reality there are simply more Cains killing more Abels.
The Bible narrative continues to be relevant because it always tells the truth about humanity. No matter how ugly or beautiful the human story may be the Bible still explains it perfectly.
Though humanity may not be all of “one religion”, we are all biological blood brothers and sisters. We are all biological family and Cain continues to kill Abel.
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, ” Acts 17:26
Whenever one person in the name of religion murders, they murder their own “blood brother”. In doing so, they are Cain killing a truly innocent family member. This kind of orginal, religious hatred is exactly what the Apostle John pointed out in John 3:10-12.
“In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.”
In God’s eyes the murderous religious rage that afflicts our world today is nothing new. It is the same religious rage that led Adam and Eve to conduct the first family funeral.