Evolutionists want you to believe that the first humans lived hundreds of thousands of years ago.  They also want you to believe that these ancient humans were nothing more than stupid apes that walked upright.  As man evolved, he slowly gained primitive skills until about 10,000 to 15,000 years ago when he finally started to use his larger brain for most complex tasks.

For example, evolutionists have always considered Neanderthals to be some kind of primitive human relative.  They always seemed surprised every time they discovered some new evidence about Neanderthals that made them seem smarter and more human than they first thought.  Over the years they’ve learned that Neanderthals made musical instruments, painted art on cave walls, made jewelry and buried their dead, and each discovery was a surprise to evolutionists.

Once again they seemed surprised to learn that Neanderthals collected bird feathers to wear as personal ornaments.  A group of researchers were studying over a thousand different sites where Neanderthal remains were found and they looked for any evidence of bird remains.  In a number of caves, they found cut marks on wing bones of raptors (hawks, eagles and vultures) and corvids (crows, ravens, jays and magpies).  Since wings contain little meat, the only conclusion the researchers could come up with is that the Neanderthals were cutting off the large primary wing feathers to use for some type of ornamentation.

When you put all of the evidence together, Neanderthals really don’t seem any different than many people today.  Like Neanderthals, evolutionists also believe that modern humans living thousands of years ago were also dumb and lacked the same intelligence that we have today.

In an example of this mind set, evolutionists were surprised when they discovered signs of dentistry in human teeth they believe to be as old as 9,500 years old.  In their latest surprise, a team of researchers were examining a human jaw bone that they claim is 6,500 years old.  The jaw was discovered in Slovenia 100 years ago and has been in a museum since.  When they looked closely at the teeth in the jaw, they discovered that one of the teeth had been cracked and that the crack had been filled with beeswax.  In the articles reporting the find, they all hailed this as the earliest evidence of dental fillings and were amazed at the technology.

They are always amazed at these new finds because of their beliefs.  They believe in billions of years of evolution and millions of years of human evolution.  Based upon their beliefs, they expect ancient humans to be stupid primitive beasts that could do little more than grunt and gesture to each other.

But the Bible gives us a different picture of ancient man.  God made Adam and Eve just over 6,000 years ago.  Adam was made intelligent from the very beginning as he named all of the animals that God brought to him.  God also told Adam to study and learn how to manage the earth and all that is in it.  Adam couldn’t have done that if he was some stupid primitive beast.

Adam’s sons, Cain and Abel knew how to farm and raise herds of animals.  Cain’s descendants built cities, made musical instruments, worked metals and metal alloys such as bronze.  They would have continued to pass down their knowledge and skills to their children and grandchildren and so on.

Then about 4,360 years ago, God judged the earth and destroyed everything with a flood that covered the entire planet.  However, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and God spared Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives.  This is important in many ways.

First, we have to realize that everything on earth was destroyed by the Flood and covered with layers of mud, silt and sand that eventually hardened into stone.  So all of the ancient ruins and buildings we find today had to have been built after the Flood.  That also means that the oldest any human remains found are most likely no older than 4,360 years.

Noah and his sons would have possessed a great deal of knowledge, especially when you realized that they lived to be hundreds of years old.  They would have passed that knowledge on to their children and grandchildren and so on.

Therefore, there is no reason for us to believe that ancient humans were any different than you and I.  In many ways, they were smarter because it seems that we have lost some of their knowledge like how they built some of the pyramids and other ancient wonders.  Things like collecting feathers to use for ornamentation or filling cracked teeth with beeswax should not surprise us in the least, if we start with God’s Word.

References:

Choi, Charles.  Beeswax Filling May Be Oldest Hint of Dentistry, Live Science, Sept. 19, 2012.

Rincon, Paul.  Neanderthals Used Feathers As ‘Personal Ornaments’, BBC News, Sept. 17, 2012.

Smith, Brett.  Ancient Tooth Was Filled With Beeswax, Red Orbit, Sept. 20, 2012.

He Gave Us Stories: Bible Student’s Guide to Interpreting OT Narratives

by Dr. Richard Pratt

Stories are among the primary means God uses to reveal his truth to us in Scripture.  The Old Testament is filled with stories:  Noah and the ark, Daniel in the lions’ den, Ruth and Boaz — stories of great men and women of God.  What does God want us to learn from these stories?  Is there more to them that meets the eye?  Richard L. Pratt says yes, and he carefully outlines a method for grasping the wisdom of these ageless narratives.  Beginning with the role of the Holy Spirit, he sets forth a three-step process of biblical interpretation:  Preparation, Investigation, and Application.  Pratt is sensitive to the needs of both the beginner and the theological student.  He insightfully guides us through considerations of attitudes and orientation, language and history, writers and characters, scenes and events, ancient and modern cultures, and more.

Paperback; 511 pages

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