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Thursday 6 April 2023

History Points To A Young Earth


Fascinating isn't it. All the history of humanity fits into a Young Earth view. History only began to be recorded a few thousand years ago. As a historian I've always found this one of the most compelling reasons for a young earth, especially when you note things like this:

- Greeks, Norsemen, Anglo-Saxons and other Europeans all had genealogies going back to Japeth, or Jove, Jupiter.  

- Most ancient cultures have historical records of a great flood. The Babylonians have an account of a human after the flood going to visit the "immortal one" who survived the flood and who now lived up in the mountains. Consider how long Noah lived, he'd have appeared immortal to some. Countless accounts of the flood and its devastating impact on the world exist in many cultures. Indeed, many ancient pagan creation stories conceptualize humanity and creation coming out of the chaotic waters of the flood. Something the Bible speaks to very clearly but also corrects. The Greek version of Noah is called Deucalion, which means wine drinking sailor, is most likely harkening back to the famous drunkenness of Noah. There is so much historical convergence across cultures and continents it is remarkable.

- Even the most ancient civilizations are very young, not going back more than a few thousand years. The most ancient temples maybe 10-20,000, if you trust the dating methods.

- Almost everything that is said about pre-history, including Indigenous Australia, African pre-history, and Neanderthals in Europe, is based on imagination, and assumptions about dating. They will find something like teeth or a finger bone and will create a display in a museum and a chapter in a book about a whole tribe's lifestyle, based on ideas about how such people must have lived. It's literally mostly myth, and many people don't know that.

- There are many languages in this world with zero relation to each other, as if they had just popped out of thin air, created by a Deity. This is impossible in an evolutionary model, at least to the degree it occurs, but is explained to us by the tower of babel account in Genesis 11. God confused the languages of man, and the vast array of unrelated languages in the world support the likelihood of this event being real and recorded accurately.

- Genesis 4-11 still leaves tonnes of mystery, like the Land of Nod, The Nephilim, and more, but nothing in our history books contradict a relatively young earth. Modern ideology however requires it, so unwritten records are interpreted to back up modern ideology. And this vast unwritten history effectively allows the mind to run wild.  

It is not necessary to say the earth is precisely 6000 years old. But you have to make up a whole bunch of stuff, with a whole bunch of assumptions, to fill in all those blank years, going back millions of years and more. History records a much younger human race. It is reasonable to assume that humanity did not invent writing straight out of the garden, but within a few generations humans had invented husbandry, stringed musical instruments, metallurgy, tent making and were demarcating different areas by name, (cf. Gen. 4). So, we can safely assume humans were just as inventive and creative as our histories say they are, and were far more intelligent from the beginning than modern science gives them credit for. History lends itself to supporting a relatively young earth. 

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