While reviewing the various science websites this morning, one article caught my attention. It wasn’t the subject of the article that lured my attention, but the title. On ScienceDaily.com, I spied the following title: Prehistoric Bird Used Club-Like Wings as Weapon. So what is it about the title that peaked my interest? It was the word “prehistoric”.
Prehistoric animals, prehistoric beasts, prehistoric times, prehistoric art, prehistoric mammals, prehistoric sharks, prehistoric fossils, prehistoric atmosphere, prehistoric fish, prehistoric stone tools and even prehistoric cavemen. The list goes on and on. We see and hear the term used quite regularly in articles and even normal conversations.
According to DictionaryReference.com, the word originated between 1850 and 1855, and is defined as: of or pertaining to the time or a period prior to recorded history: The dinosaur is a prehistoric beast. MerriamWebster.com defined prehistoric as: of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history.
Before recorded or written history is the clear and accepted definition used be nearly everyone, and by everyone, I also mean Christians.
Is it wrong for Christians to use the term “prehistoric”? ABSOLUTELY!
Look again at the definition for “prehistoric” – referring to a time before recorded or written history. Now read Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Please take careful note that the Bible’s first WRITTEN words are RECORDING the very beginning of time and history. If you are a Bible believing Christian, the term “prehistoric” has no valid meaning. For a Christian to use “prehistoric’ is to reject Genesis 1:1. To reject Genesis 1:1 is to reject the Word of God and to reject God at His Word. To reject God’s Word is to reject the very nature and existence of God.
Christians need to be careful not to fall into the trap of using Godless evolutionary terminology. They have been so influenced by the atheistic world of millions of years that surrounds them that they slowly and steadily accept and embrace it. It starts to seep into their thoughts and understandings and before long it seeps into and crumbles the very foundation of their Christian faith.
Christians need to think before they speak and to consider the words that they use. Consider the warnings given to us about our speech from two of the wisest men in the Bible and from God the Son, Jesus Christ:
- Solomon, son of David, who was granted wisdom far beyond what we will ever know, warns us in Proverbs 13:3 – Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
- Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles whom Jesus personally chose, gave us this warning in Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, God the Son, warns us in Matthew 15:11 – it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.