By R.L. David Jolly
A recent article reported that scientists in China discovered pieces of pottery that they believe to be the world’s oldest pots used for cooking. They believe the pieces of broken pottery date back to nearly 20,000 years ago.
Xiaohong Wu, an archaeologist at Peking University in Beijing, China and her team of researchers found the pieces of pottery in Xianrendong Cave. Wu believes that the pottery they found are pieces of clay pots that were used for some form of cooking by people that lived during and ice age about 10,000 years before farming was invented. According to her evolutionary thinking, these primitive people would have hunted and scavenged for whatever food and meat they could find and then cook it the pots. She describes their lives as being hard and protein and fat scares so they may even have cooked animal bones they found to extract the fat and proteins out of them.
One scientist, T. Douglas Price from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, went so far in his evolutionary thinking as to say that the people that made these clay pots lived long before man grew crops, lived in permanent settlements like villages and towns and before man started taming and raising animals. According to Price, man was a hunter-gatherer that roamed everywhere looking for food and shelter.
So how accurate are these scientists in what they say about the pottery and the people that made it?
Like Bereans, we first need to turn to the Bible to see what God’s Word teaches us about the first people.
In Genesis 1 and 2, we read that God created Adam and Eve on Day 6 of Creation and then rested on the 7th day.
In Genesis 3, we read that Satan tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then Eve convinced Adam to also eat of it. When Adam ate the forbidden fruit, he did it knowing that God had told him not to. This was the first sin and God cursed Satan, Adam, Eve and the whole of creation. God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis 4, we read that Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Please take careful note that God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply while they were still in the Garden of Eden, but it does not tell us that they consummated the marriage before eating of the forbidden fruit and being kicked out of the Garden. Only in Genesis 4:1 do we read that Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain. Therefore, most Bible scholars believe that Adam sinned within a couple of days of being created and that it was a very short time after that when Eve became pregnant with Cain, the first born human ever.
In Genesis 4:2, we read that Eve had a second son named Abel. It also says that Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a worker of the ground, which means he was a farmer. Do you realize that according to God’s Word, the very first human born on earth was a farmer and the second human born was a shepherd?
This completely contradicts what the scientists claimed took place with the people that made the clay pots they found in the cave.
More importantly, in Genesis 6-8, we read that the entire earth and everyone on the earth was destroyed by the Flood. Only 8 people survived the Flood – Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. Everyone and everything on earth was destroyed by the Flood. According to the biblical chronology the Flood took place 1656 years after creation or about 4,360 years ago.
That means that the pots could not be any older than 4,360 year so the dating of the pottery pieces is also wrong. They have no real proof for their date of nearly 20,000, or that the people who created the pottery were primitive hunter gatherers. They have no eyewitnesses or written accounts to tell them what happened. The scientists made all of their conclusions based upon their belief in evolution and not on fact.
But when we turned to God’s Word, we can trace the history of mankind, the history of when farming and shepherding began and the history of the earth from the time God started creating it on Day 1. Starting with the Bible, we have written eyewitness accounts of what happened and the best eyewitness of all is God.
So who would you rather believe? Men who think they know what happened in the past although they have no proof, no written accounts and no eyewitnesses or the infallible Word of God that gives us written eyewitness accounts?
Wayman, Erin. World’s Oldest Pots, Science News for Kids, July 6, 2012.
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