April 5, 2017

The Devolution of Man (Part I)
Subduing the Earth

Ecclesiastes 7:29

“Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”

When God created man, He made man in His image. Man was upright in his standing before God. He was holy and healthy. He was created with a mind adept to do great things. After the flood (2345 B.C.), man began to devolve in longevity, language and intellect. As man spread out, man began to flame out.

This means that those who first scattered (the descendants of Ham) were smart and technologically adept. They went to subdue the earth. And the great advancements of mankind were in the beginning.

The Eskimos

The descendants of Ham scattered around the world. We could examine the Indians of the Sonoran Desert, or the Bedouins of the Far East, or the rather rugged Peruvians who lived in the Andes, or the Native Americans of Arizona. All of them show advancements that astound even the modern scientist.

Dr. Erwin H. Acherknecht, a leading expert on the ancient Eskimo, writes, “The Eskimo is one of the great triumphs of our species. He has succeeded in adapting himself to an environment which offers to man but the poorest chances of survival. His technical solution of problems of the Arctic are so excellent that white settlers would have perished had they not adopted many elements of Eskimo technology.”

Our culture builds upon what others have invented. We press buttons, we push nodules, or we twist knobs. But the Eskimos had to “subdue the earth” and live off the harshest of possible climates.

A. Killing the wolf

“Take the Eskimo's most annoying enemy, the wolf, which preys on the caribou and wild reindeer that he needs for food. Because of its sharp eyesight and keen intelligence, it is extremely difficult to approach in hunting. Yet the Eskimo kills it with nothing more formidable than a piece of flexible whalebone.

He sharpens the strip of whalebone at both ends and doubles it back, tying it with sinew. Then he covers it with a lump of fat, allows it to freeze, and throws it out where the wolf will get it. Swallowed at a gulp the frozen dainty melts in the wolf's stomach and the sharp whalebone springs open, piercing the wolf internally and killing it.”

B. Harpooning the walrus

“When the Eskimo gets a walrus weighing more than a ton on the end of a harpoon line, he is faced with a major engineering problem: how to get it from the water onto the ice. Mechanical contrivances belong to a world in whose development the Eskimo has had no part. No implement ever devised by him had a wheel in it. Yet this does not prevent him from improvising a block and tackle that works without a pulley. He cuts slits in the hide of the walrus, and a U-shaped hole in the ice some distance away. Through these he threads a slippery rawhide line, once over and once again. He does not know the mechanical theory of the double pulley, but he does know that if he hauls at one end of the line, he will drag the walrus out of the water onto the ice.

C. Protecting the eyes

“Carved out of whale bone or hard wood, the snow goggles of the Eskimo are well known to explorers and no one will travel in the Arctic without them or something to replace them if he wishes to escape the very unpleasant ailment of snow blindness. Like everything else the Eskimo makes, they are very effective, and often so designed that he does not need to turn his head to see to either side of him. This is important, since the game he usually hunts would catch the movement.”

The Egyptians

The pyramids of Egypt are amazing structures and fascinate people today. There are about 100 altogether, some only symbolic and small. But there are 17 great pyramids, and the size and composition of these stagger the minds of those who visit them.

It seems the first settlers of Egypt were descended from Mizraim, the son of Ham (Genesis 10:6, 13). That’s why, at the first dynasty, there bursts on the scene a people of culture and skill who already possessed a form of writing.

There are several theories to explain how the blocks for the huge pyramids of Egypt were placed in position. There is no need for mysterious theories or space-age technology.

The stones could have been dragged up a ramp. However, such a ramp would need to extend for hundreds of meters and would contain an enormous amount of bricks or rubble. An alternative idea is that a spiral ramp was wrapped around the pyramid as it rose in height. Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s leading archaeologist, concluded that it could have been a combination of the two.

Actually, the lower layers are no problem. The platform on which the pyramid is built was carved out of the bedrock and is below ground level, so blocks could have been cut from this basin. As the height rises, the blocks become smaller, so that it would not have been so difficult to raise them, though it would still have been a formidable task.

No qualified archaeologist accepts that the stones were ‘poured’ like concrete. The fact that in many places lime plaster has been used as mortar to join the stones together makes it obvious that they were quarried stones. Most of the stones have been hewn from a vast quarry about 500 meters (1,600 ft.) from the pyramid. Square cuts in the sides of this quarry reveal where the blocks came from.

The early Egyptians did not use the wheel, which would have been useless on the sandy plateau on which the pyramids were built. Instead, they used sledges, and the route along which the blocks were dragged can be traced.

So, although the technology is perfectly understandable, we are still in awe at the skill the builders displayed in lifting these huge stones into place with such precise symmetry.

The pyramids of Egypt were built to reflect the stars, corresponding to the pagan beliefs of the Hamites as they “built a tower open to the heavens.”

The Egyptians were brilliant, and had they had our technology, they would have flown to the stars far sooner than we are flying to Mars.

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