Truth in the Text Part X – Noah, Father of the Races?

 

The US Census form allows us to identify our RACE based on skin color, national origin, or socio-cultural group. Since the 2000 census, essentially any number of self-identifying terms can be added to their list. No longer are we required to be only Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid, or Other.

The hard divisions associated with the term race are softening and the term itself is often replaced with ‘ethnicity’ or ‘people groups’ which is far more than skin color brackets. It allows for differing countries of origin, ancestry, beliefs, languages, and customs.

Biologically there is only one race – the human race of Homo sapiens. The genetic difference between any two people on the earth is roughly 0.2%. This variation explains why I sneeze when the pollen count climbs and you don’t, why I have to keep check on my thyroid but don’t worry so much about diabetes.  Continue reading

Truth in the Text Part IX – Digging up the Roots of Your Family Tree

“This is the family tree of the sons of Noah as they developed into nations. From them, nations developed all across the earth after the flood.” (Genesis 10:32).

How far back can you trace your ancestry? Many of us know the countries from which our fore-fathers came, but with little details. We can, however, start from the other end, from the beginning, and get a different perspective of our lineage. The descendants of Noah left nations in their wake that exist today.

To begin, let’s review some World History:

Creation was approximately 6,000 years ago, and from Adam and Eve there were sons and daughters who had children who had more children and more children for the next 2,000 years. Unfortunately, they were a corrupt bunch who chose to ignore God’s warning of impending judgment, so they died in a world-wide flood. The one righteous man, Noah, was spared with his wife, three sons, and their wives.

Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s boys, had children who had children and once again there was a population of humans on the earth, all living in one region. God told them to fill the earth but they didn’t, so he sent another big judgment. At Babel (in modern-day Iraq) approximately seventy new languages were distributed among them all at once.

Divided by language, people groups began to fill the earth, starting from Mesopotamia, the ‘Cradle of Civilization,’ and radiating outward. Some lived in caves before building settlements. Others built boats and discovered islands. Some crossed land bridges exposed during the Ice Age, and populated to the tip of South America.

Whoa! Are you sticking the Ice Age into world history only 2000 years ago? And how do you explain the different ‘racial’ groups and skin color? Do all the languages of today show common origins or not? Continue reading

Truth in the Text Part VIII – Neanderthals in Heaven

 

Do you envision the grunting, hairy brutes of yester-year dragging their women by the hair past St. Peter and through the pearly gates? Me neither. I never gave cavemen much thought at all until I began a serious look into the book of Genesis.

Who were these ancient people and how do they fit into the historical account of the Bible?

If you’re new to this site, I look at topics from a young earth perspective, meaning I take the Biblical account of creation literally, making the earth 6,000-7,000 years old. For simplicity, I call this the creationist view, as opposed to the evolutionary view which assumes the earth is billions of years old. (For more on this, see my older posts.)

Let’s look at some terminology:

Cavemen: Loose term generally referring to ancient individuals who left evidence of their existence in caves, often viewed as primitive and perhaps sub-human, as an intermediary between ape and human species. Continue reading

Truth in the Text Part VII – Dragons and Dinosaurs

Adam Naming the Animals, a Byzantine fresco

In 1841 Sir Richard Owen coined the term ‘dinosaur,’ meaning ‘terrible lizard’. It was a new word that would eventually cover a whole slew of never-before-seen beasts. At least never before seen to the men of that day. Dinosaurs were extinct, and had been for a long, long, time.

Or had they?

By Sir Owen’s day, no one remembered seeing dinosaurs. There are images of them around the globe however, from centuries before their ‘discovery’.

Check out Genesis Park (www.genesispark.com) for great photos. Dinosaurs appear in pictographs and petroglyphs in Utah, Canada, Zimbabwe, and the Amazon rainforest. They are painted onto pots in South America, carved from jade in China, engraved in slate in Egypt, made into mosaics in Rome, and formed from terra cotta in Turkey. Winged dinosaurs even appear in the cover plate of John Calvin’s commentary on Genesis, from 1578.

Wait! Winged dinosaurs? As in…DRAGONS? Continue reading