Genesis 4:1 - 9
ESV - 1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, "I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord. 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground.
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Yes, we are our bother's keeper according to Jesus. Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments as 'love God above all' and 'love thy neighbor as thy self.' Your neighbor is your brother.
A Christian first loves himself then he can love his neighbor as himself and of course my brother is my neighbor. So unless I am to keep my neighbors I cannot be expected to keep may brothers. But I do need to love them all as I love myself.
No, we are not responsible for our brother when he is not with us. But when he is, we are. Cain's answer to God, in the form of a question, is what I believe, to be mocking God. He was in my opinion "making a statement" showing his insensitive indifference, which is all too common through the whole course of human history. The rejection of the family bond is the negation of love; it is the spirit of murder; cf. 1 John 3:12; 1 John 3:15. Compare also Psalm 10.
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