Cain, or Caim
Cain, the first murderer, was exiled by God for the treacherous murder of his brother Abel. This bloodthirsty act of rage was provoked only by a raging jealousy that he felt for his younger brother. Abel was a righteous and morally upright son, who praised god every day without fail. He lived his entire life as if god were watching...because god was, in fact, watching.
Cain, by contrast, was a selfish and greedy son. He cared nothing for the blessing of the lord, and was intent only upon personal gain. He farmed the land, but he was not motivated by a desire to feed the hungry or to build a prosperous civilization. He thought only of what he could gain, and so he farmed the earth greedily. In his greed, he depleted the land, but instead of learning from his greed he simply tilled a new field. God was not pleased with his wicked way of life nor with his selfish and destructive nature.
When this selfish man brought an offering to God, the offering was not accepted, for God knew the work of Lucifer when he saw it. When Abel came with his offering, it was accepted. Cain became angry, and God spoke to him in an attempt to turn him from the murderous rage in his heart. The first murderer did not listen, and instead slew his brother in an angry argument.
Cursed and disgraced, Cain was made to wander the land. Before long, he settled in a land called Nod, and there built a city which he named Enoch after his first-born son. Jocephus tells us that he became a leader of men in all sorts of wicked affairs. He became a robber and a reaver who took whatever he wanted from whomever he wanted. He ruled the city with an iron fist and cared for no one save himself. Yet his evil went deeper still.
Before Cain was expelled to this land, he had begged god for mercy and forgiveness. While God did not forgive him, he did show him mercy. God put a mark upon the wayward son, that no wild animal or vengeful person would harm him. Upon seeing this mark, all creatures and all people instinctively knew that the bearer of that mark was not to be harmed. This mark meant that the sevenfold vengeance of God himself would be upon the one who took his life.
In all the annals of Earth, Heaven, or Hell, has there ever been one who so perfectly represented the evil of Lucifer? Through God's infinite mercy, he could have possibly redeemed himself if he had changed his evil ways. Instead, he only used God's gift as tool for his own selfish and destructive ends.
In the old Gaelic version of the Old Testament contained in the Lebor Gabala, he is called Caim, and it is by this name that he appears in the Goetia. He is said to be a president of hell and a ruler of thirty demonic legions.
Biblical Horror Author Josephine Leonard
Indianapolis biblical horror author Josephine Leonard has a different perspective on religion. Having been raised in a strict Roman Catholic environment, she rebelled early and began investigating various paths of alternative spirituality including the lesser known paths such as esoteric paganism and satanism. A native of Indianapolis, she does not profess a specific religion, but seeks to promote religious learning of all sorts as a way to help encourage a deeper sense of morality in society. It is hard to deny that religion is the underlying basis of all morality.
Her recent book "Tales From The Demon" is a collection of short stories with a demonology theme. The stories are told from the point of view of various demons from early biblical history. Biblical horror author Josephine Leonard is also working on another book called "Whence They Came: The Beginning", which is a work of bible-based fiction which tells the story of Genesis through the eyes of Vetis, the first demon. This, we are told, is the demon who orchestrates the tempting of Eve, causing her to eat of the forbidden fruit and working to further drag humankind down into darkness after the expulsion from Eden.
While the themes may be a little strange for some, it is important to bear in mind that this is merely an exploration of religious ideas using fiction as a vehicle. The writer is obviously not a satanist and obviously understands the inherent evil of the demonic world. For those of us who have delved into the dark and confusing world of the occult, this kind of fiction does provide some interesting food for thought. It might be worth it to pick up one of these books and give them a try.