Originally posted by twhitehead
It's the same old story since the beginning.
As a child everybody reads the fairy tale and imagines themselves as the good guy, and everyone they dislike as the bad guy.
Its only when we grow up that some of us start to realize that the 'bad guy' is usually just another guy with a different point of view and that he probably sees you as the 'bad guy'. Some people never see this and live their whole lives in an 'us vs them'
in this case, the bad guys is in fact clear. god disliked cain's offering because it didn't come from the heart. his rejection is meant as criticism that cain is not quite in the same place as abel and as a suggestion that cain improve.
at the time of the sacrifice, both men are "good". however when rejected, cain not only chooses not to better himself but makes a u-turn. he blames abel for his misfortune (when he is in fact the master of his destiny) and decides to remove him so he could have god's love all to himself, thus becoming the bad guy.
"'bad guy' is usually just another guy with a different point of view"
this applies more to the "mad" queen jezebel who in some views was in fact progressive and allowed freedom of religion instead of "kill anyone who is not jew" view from the bible. the bible however states that she was the villain.