I think I put another topic on here that the book of Genesis is a metaphor, but I think the Cain and Abel story is a metaphor as well. [www.ageofaquarius.cc
] "The Cain and Abel story in Genesis may also have a hidden metaphor within it. There aren't that many people who ask why God favored Abel's sacrifice over Cain's sacrifice. Why did God prefer the meat over the fruits? Most people assume that God accepted animal sacrifice because of the spilling of blood, which is used to atone for people's sins, but if other parts of the Bible, including Genesis are metaphors, then could this story for something else? Any historian will say that agriculture is what started civilization because it allowed people to have more free time to do other things, such as writing, religion, building temples etc. The agricultural revolution is what created the civilizations that have existed for the past 5000 years. This is what Cain represents, he was the first person to create agriculture, whereas Abel was someone who represented the older ways. Cain and Abel are metaphors for different types of societies and agriculture killed the primitive hunter, gatherer societies. The agriculture based societies have been killing off tribal groups ever since and they are still killing off tribes. Tribal societies are much more in touch with the Earth and nature and their religion reflects that, but the agriculture based societies are much more detached from the Earth and nature and they have been threatening the Earth and nature for a long time. The government and religious leaderships of agriculture based societies have proven themselves to be very oppressive and this connects to the metaphors in other parts of the Bible. Anger and jealously are absolutely features of larger, agriculture based societies and mass murder has been a very large feature of them as well. The Defence, or Offence, departments usually get the largest share of taxpayer's money in many countries and killing as many people as possible is put down to a science. It doesn't matter if Genesis is literal or metaphorical, what it's saying is absolutely true."
The Book of Genesis says clearly that agriculture is a curse, not an advancement and this is proven by the history of Mankind over the past 5000 years,
"Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return."