Posted by Pastoral Musings on January 13th, 2009
From the list here
It is indeed true that God asked Cain where Abel was. It is also true that God is both omniscient (all knowing) and omnipresent (present everywhere at all times). There is no inconsistency, however.
One wonders if the person digging up these supposed inconsistencies knows what a rhetorical question is.
One also wonders if they realize that one can ask a question while already knowing the answer? Parents do that quite often with their children. “Who broke this vase?” Which, being interpreted means, “Johnny, here is your chance to ‘fess up. If you lie and deny doing it, things will be much worse.”
This is not an issue of God not knowing what had happened to Abel. It is simly a rhetorical question that was calculated to bring Cain to confession and repentance. The context demands this interpretation.
“And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” (Gen 4:9-10) KJV