April 12, 2017
The Devolution of Man (Part II)
The Crowning Achievements of Primitive Cultures
The premise of modern science is that mankind is evolving from apes. The proposition of Scripture is that God created man (Adam) in His image, recreated and repopulated the world after the flood (2345 B.C), and natural man is forever devolving in mind, soul and spirit unless he is “born again” from above.
To prove the devolution of man, one examines ancient civilizations and what they accomplished. The descendants of Ham began the great ancient civilizations of the world, using their giftedness in technology and exploration (Sumeria, Egypt, Indus Valley, the Americas, Australia, etc.).
Shem gave to the world a very special kind of legacy, essentially in the realm of the spirit. Japheth’s contributions have been in the realm of the intellect. Japheth took the technology of Ham and created science. But science, unredeemed by a true spiritual perception of Shem, is far from beneficial for man in the long run. Shem, Ham and Japheth thus were each called to play a unique and vital part.
When any one of the three sons of Noah has failed to contribute, or when one has dominated the other two, civilization (though seeming to gain at first) has always suffered a decline. But when each has contributed in the proper measure, enormous strides forward are made and the development of civilization has been almost explosive.
What, then, will world civilization become when the Lord Jesus Christ establishes His eternal Kingdom of Righteousness in which not only the three sons contribute in perfect proportion, but their contribution will be entirely for peace and not for war? Surely this will be an age of wonders and exploration indeed!
Civilizations Exploded Around the World at the Same Time
German archaeologists, working near Peru’s north-central coast about 320 km (200 miles) northwest of Lima, have discovered the oldest known ancient monument in South America.
Radiocarbon dating has well known limitations, especially given that the Flood buried massive amounts of carbon from the biosphere. But even allowing for this systematic bias towards ‘older’ dates, it’s significant that it places the plaza at 5,000–5,500 years ago—roughly the same as similar markers of civilization in many other parts of the world, including the Middle East and southern Asia. From the Bible, we know that the actual date of multiple civilizations springing to life around the world at the same time is likely to be 3,000–4,000 years ago, some 500–1500 years after the Flood.
As one article puts it, quoting prominent Peruvian archaeologist Ruth Shady, the find ‘raises questions about what prompted “civilizations to form throughout the planet at more or less the same time” (Whalen, A., Ancient ceremonial plaza found in Peru, AAP, 27 February 2008).
This is no mystery to the Bible-believer, of course, given the history in Genesis of how a civilization at Babel, after the Flood, scattered all over the globe in a short period of time.
Many of the dispersing groups would have carried with them the ‘know-how’ of city-building, causing civilizations to appear to spring up ‘suddenly’ in many parts of the world. Those who did not would have had to ‘start again’ in caves and makeshift dwellings, rapidly establishing a very different kind of society for later researchers to try to fit into an evolutionary scheme.
Shady, who was not involved in the plaza find, had earlier demonstrated that ‘a complex urban center in the Americas thrived as a contemporary to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt—1,500 years earlier than previously believed’. This Peruvian monument, which clearly had to be made by a complex, established civilization, is dated a few centuries earlier still, reinforcing her conclusions.
She said that its discovery demonstrates that ‘human beings of the New World had the same capacity to create civilization as those in the Old World’.
The Ancient Civilizations Were Stellar in Practical Sciences
Indeed. Genesis also tells us that the dispersion which led to this ‘burst of civilization’ was associated with the sudden emergence of the various language families. This would then lead to diversity within each group, including the emergence of many new (but interrelated) languages within isolated groups. But no languages show any relationship to those in another family, because these ‘root’ languages (e.g. Indo-European) originated suddenly and supernaturally.
So it’s not surprising to read the following comment in a recent book by an evolutionist on the origin of language:
‘One of the greatest mysteries of prehistory is how people in widely separated places suddenly and spontaneously developed the capacity for language at roughly the same time. It was as if people carried around in their heads a genetic alarm clock that suddenly went off all around the world and led different groups in widely scattered places on every continent to create languages’ (Bryson, B., Mother Tongue, Penguin Books, London, England, p. 14, 1991).
Stripped of their evolutionary presuppositions, such statements make perfect sense in the light of Genesis—the true history of the world.
You will notice that on the various “science” channels, like “Discovery,” when it comes to human civilization, ALL the evidence stops at around 6,000 years. Human dwellings like the Lascaux caves, of course, “look” older and bring up fantasies of “cavemen”, but when it comes to civilization the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the biblical time line.
See Appendix 19 – Some of the Amazing Achievements of Ancient Civilizations
See Appendix 20 – Alexandria’s Library: The Loss of Comprehension of our Ancient Past
(Sources: Arthur Custance, Noah’s Three Sons and Creation.Com).