"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!
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!
2,000 YEAR-OLD COMPUTER!
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?
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)
of Ur in Iraq, the city where Abraham was born. (see Genesis 11: 27-28).
DID THEY DO IT?
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.
"PRIMITIVE PEOPLE" MYTH
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!
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.
letter written on clay.
Wikipedia photo by Jastrow
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