"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"












The idea that the first people on earth were primitive and ignorant is totally wrong. The facts show that humans have been clever and creative from the very beginning!













The famous standing stones at Stonehenge, England — weighing up to 100 tonnes each — came from a Welsh quarry 75 miles away, and had to carried across a river estuary. Stonehenge was built around 4,500 years ago. How did those who built it manage without modern equipment? There have been many theories, but no-one has come up with a convincing answer. Some engineers tried moving a similar stone using a wooden raft. The raft sank! So the builders of Stonehenge had skills which 21st century engineers know nothing about!



In history lessons, you may be taught that the first computer was invented around 1822, but it seems that someone beat us by 1800 years or more! Around the year 1900 a strange object (right) was discovered by divers in a wrecked ship that sank near Greece around 65BC. At first, scientists thought it was some kind of clock. It took about 100 years of study to realise that it was the remains of a computer, made more than 2,000 years ago! It appears that this device, which had a very complicated set of about 30 gears, was used to predict the movement of the sun, moon, and planets, predict eclipses, and show the moon’s monthly phases. Most scientists are amazed that something like this was invented so long ago. Is that because they believe that people living then couldn’t be as clever as we are?













The Pyramid of Cheops, and the nearby Sphinx, which is carved from solid rock
Wikipedia photo by Ralph Ellis





There is nothing new here on earth. A person might say, ‘Look, this is new!’ But really it has always been here. It was here before we were! People don’t remember what happened long ago. (The Bible, Ecclesiastes 1: 10-11)

The ruins of Ur in Iraq, the city where Abraham was born. (see Genesis 11: 27-28).



4,500 years ago the Egyptians built many pyramids. One — the Pyramid of Cheops — is as high as a 30-storey building, covers 13˝ acres, and contains 2.3 million stone blocks — some weighing 30 tonnes! The foundations have not sunk, and earthquakes have not destroyed it. Even today we don’t know how the ancient Egyptians moved those stones from the quarry and lifted them so high. There is no evidence that the Egyptians experimented in pyramid building — they were perfect from the start. Lots of ancient pyramids have also been discovered in Central and South America. This doesn’t fit the evolutionary theory, but it does fit the Bible record, which tells us that people were farming, building cities, making metal tools, and playing musical instruments soon after the human race began (see Genesis chapter 4). Before the great flood (Genesis chapters 6–8) people lived to be almost 1,000 years old. Imagine what skills and knowledge they would have after all that time! Although the flood would have destroyed everything done before the flood, when Noah and his family left the ark, they would have taken their knowledge with them to quickly rebuild human civilisation. This explains why evidence of the first cities is found in the Middle East area.


MANY people believe that we have evolved, over tens of thousands of years, from “primitive” people with hairy bodies, who lived in caves, couldn’t read or write, used only stone tools, and knew nothing about growing crops or building houses. But that is a myth! The truth is that ancient people were just as intelligent as we are. Some of the things they did were so amazing that we still don’t understand how they managed to do them! The evidence fits what the Bible teaches about human history. The Bible tells us that God created humans “a little lower than the angels.”
(Psalm 8: 5). Adam and Eve, the first people on earth, were 100% human!




The idea that ancient people were simple and primitive is completely wrong! They were capable of projects which are often difficult to copy, even in the 21st century. The scientific name for humans is Homo Sapiens — Latin for “wise man” — and the evidence shows that human beings have always been wise and inventive. People who believe in evolution are often puzzled by the achievements of ancient people. The Bible says that humans were created by God in the beginning with the same abilities as us, and did not evolve from ape-like ancestors, and the evidence supports this. Archaeologists tell us that humans have always had some kind of religion, and today every people group on earth has some kind of belief in a God or gods. This is because God created us in His image, and intended that we should know Him. Many people have a false religion, but God visited earth in the Person of Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the way. I am the truth and the life.” (John 14: 6). Jesus died on the Cross to take away the sin that comes between us and God. If we accept Him as our Saviour, we receive God’s forgiveness, and the promise of eternal life, because Jesus rose from the dead.



A 2,400-year-old letter written on clay.
Wikipedia photo by Jastrow








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Also in Our World No. 107

Ancient city carved from solid rock!
Ancient sea-farers

Nature Notes: autumn leaves
Roman Temple built from 800-tonne stones
Puzzle Corner
Weird and Wonderful: Quails

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