Evolutionists are always trying to solve questions about the past without first looking to the written record of history. Consequently, they frequently end up with erroneous conclusions that often get revised with the next study they conduct. Sometimes their evidence gives them the right answer but their evolutionary beliefs don’t allow them to see it. Such is the case with a recent DNA study on Europe’s ancient farmers and hunters.
Secular scientists have often wondered if farming originated in Europe or was it brought into Europe from elsewhere. Some have posited that as game animals became scares the ancient hunter-gatherers were forced to start farming in order to survive. Others believe that farming was brought into Europe from either Asia, the Middle East or Africa.
Researchers from three universities were among those that have been trying to answer the mystery of how European farming got started. One team of the research teams from Uppsala University in Sweden carefully extracted DNA from the remains of a female believed to be a farmer that lived 5,000 years ago in what is now southern Sweden. They compared this DNA to that of several bodies that had been previously identified to be hunter-gathers from around the same region and time period. They also compared these DNAs to those of modern people from around Europe.
Their results indicated that the female farmer was more closely related to people from southeastern Europe than to the hunter-gathers. One of the other research teams noted that archaeological evidence also indicates that farming moved from the Anatolia region of Turkey into Europe about 8,000 years ago.
Once again, I find scientists looking at great evidence but failing to see the truth that evidence has uncovered. They have completely discounted any biblical explanation for their findings when I think it is the best explanation for what they have found.
We know that farming is nearly as old as Creation itself. In Genesis 3, God tells Adam that because he has sinned that he shall work the ground and eat of the plants of the field and eat bread until he returns to the ground. In order to make bread, you have to grow and harvest some form of grain, hence Adam was to be a farmer from that day forward. We are also told in Genesis 4 that Cain was a ‘worker of the ground’.
However, we have no idea where the Garden of Eden was located as the Flood completely destroyed the surface of the earth and all evidence of human habitation and farming. But we are told in Genesis 8 that the Ark, carrying Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, landed in the mountains of Ararat. Even though there is still some controversy as exactly where the Ark came to rest, most biblical scholars agree that it was in the region of modern day Turkey. In Genesis 9 we are told that when Noah came of the Ark, he became a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. Then when we read Genesis 10:32, we learn that the descendants of Noah spread abroad on the earth after the flood.
Therefore starting with Scripture, we know that the first farming after the Flood took place somewhere in the area of modern day Turkey with Noah and that his descendants then spread throughout the earth. That means that they would have taken their farming skills with them as they moved into eastern and southern Europe and finally ending up in the northern regions of Sweden.
So whether the teams of researchers realize it or not, their efforts actually help to support what we learned from Scripture and I absolutely love it when this happens.
Farming ‘spread by migrant wave’, BBC News, April 27, 2012.
Study Supports Theory That Migration Brought Agriculture To Europe, Red Orbit, April 27, 2012.
The story of Noah and the great Flood has been told many times, but never has it been illustrated like this. British author and illustrator, Richard Oakes, brings Noah and family to life with his intriguing depictions and beautiful landscapes. While the illustrations might be fun, the story is real and striking. After all, Noah and his family and the animals aboard the Ark were the only ones who survived. Your children will enjoy this story and also realize that God is Creator, judge and redeemer. (Preschool–Primary/Elementary) 28 pages.