You often hear the expression – I’m not religious but I am a Christian. So what is the difference? One thing is that Christianity is about having a relationship with God- knowing him as a father, enjoying spending time with him, not just doing the right things. Another thing about ‘religion’ is people’s inate desire to add on to what God has actually said. God has made very few ‘rules’ – and they boil down to loving him and loving others. People seem to love adding in more than a few ‘thou shalt nots’ and make it all a lot more complicated than God intends. As I’ve said before, adding on to God’s word takes it a step away from the full truth.
That’s what Cain does in Genesis 4 v 14 – I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.
God had not meant it as a death penalty. Cain might be exiled out of God’s presence, but he was not out of God’s sight or protection.
When someone is baptised, the minister often makes the sign of the cross on them, as a symbol of our relationship to God. Those who belong to God are never out of his sight or protection, no matter what.