The condition of the world should come as no surprise. When a group of people seeks to live without God, it is only a matter of time before chaos comes into play. The reason for this is because God made it so that everything reproduces of its own kind. Therefore, when a person teaches the ways of the Lord in speech, action and attitude, there is a higher likelihood that good traditions of righteousness and godliness will be passed on. In contrast, when a person lives in unrighteous and ungodly manners, it is highly likely that the next generation will live in unrighteous and ungodly manners. This principal is clearly illustrated in Genesis 4:17-26. In Genesis chapter 4, the scriptures testify that Cain murdered his brother Abel in jealousy. God judged Cain by removing him from his family and cursing his life. Though God judged Cain, Cain never sought forgiveness from God and the scriptures never show Cain repenting of his sin. Cain continued to live in unrighteousness, never seeking God in order to change the bitterness, jealousy and hate that resided in his heart. Thus, as Genesis 4:17-26 documents the testimony of Cain's family, it doesn't look good.
Within two generations, the descendants of Cain are found to be taking multiple wives. This was contrary to God's original plan for marriage. God created Adam and Eve only, and He created them with the desire for the two of them to become "one" as a testimony of His desire to be one with His children. Hence, the Bible presents the reality that when there is unrepentant sin, it will be learned by the next generation. Unrepentant sinners will likely produce more unrepentant sinners; and since unrepentant sinners live life contrary to the ways of God, it is likely that their children will live likewise. Genesis 4:17-26 presents no surprises. In fact, as the testimony of Cain's family continues, it is no surprise to see that one of his descendants Lamech, the one who was practicing polygamy, also committed murder. Genesis 4:17-26 reveals that Lamech killed a boy for hitting him. Then, as tradition taught Lamech, he did not repent to God, but instead confessed his sin to his wives in guilt. Though he was guilty in his conscience, he did not go to God because no one had taught him to do so. It is true that he was a murder like Cain. However, the greater tragedy is that because he came from a godless family, he did not know about the God who would be willing to forgive him if he would have confessed his sin in humility and repented of his sin. Thus, Lamech curses himself in a greater manner than Cain, and the tragedy continued in his family.
In stark contrast, Genesis 4:17-26 reveals that Adam and Eve had more children who went in a much different direction. The scriptures show that Eve had another son that she named Seth. The more important truth about this detail is the fact that Eve acknowledged God's involvement in his birth. The scriptures reveal that Eve attributed Seth as being God's gift to her, showing that, while she was deceived in the Garden and paid the consequence of sin, she still acknowledged God's divine position and involvement in her life. The Bible teaches that this is a good habit to teach, and there is good benefit that comes with it. Genesis 4:17-26 states that Seth had a son named Enosh, and it was at that time that people began to call on the name of the Lord. The scriptures suggest that as Eve planted the seed of acknowledging God, Seth learned this tradition so that by the time Enosh was born, their family was worshiping the Lord.
The scriptures present two very different testimonies. One family is continually cursed, and one family is attributed to worshiping God. This is not to say that Seth and Enosh didn't have normal problems. They were still sinners and had to deal with the same consequences to sin as anyone else. However, only one family was able to please God and overcome the consequence of sin. The Bible shows that as family units were growing on the earth, the families that did well in God's eyes were the ones that acknowledged God's presence, authority, involvement, and sovereignty. In contrast, those who lived in pride and rebellion were continually cursed. Those who would not humble themselves before God and would not confess sin in repentance, seeking to live apart form God, taught these habits to their children and curses compounded. The good news is that God is big and strong enough to remove anyone from any sin at any time - so long as that person is willing to let God do so. Nevertheless, the Bible shows that it is a miserable disservice when an older generation teaches unrighteousness and godlessness by one's prideful and shameful actions in conduct and attitude. It becomes really difficult for a sinner to repent when one doesn't know where to go to get forgiveness; and when one's family lives in a manner as if there is no God nor consequence for godlessness, this is what happens. In contrast, the Bible shows that it is far more fruitful and pleasing to God when a family of sinners lives life in humility and repentance, worshiping God because He is merciful and gracious to forgive, thereby showing the younger generation of sinners where to go when one falls short of God's expectations. Of the two ways to live, God is only pleased with the one that bears fruit through the worship of Him.