Here’s some food for thought! Lee Pierce has done it, yet again! This is a good one to share with your older children. If they’ve been taught evolution in school…have them consider this…based on scientific facts. Good one Lee! -anita
A thought came to me a while back during prayers and it continues to sit and be reworked in my mind. This thought kind of came to a head the other day when my wife and I were watching a program on the Neanderthal Man. The program made the statement that Neanderthal Man lived some 250,000 years ago and became extinct maybe 40,000 years ago as Homo Sapiens became dominant in the land.
The thought I had during prayer was this: if we look at the advances made by mankind in the last 100 to 200 years, that’s a stunning testament to our ingenuity and ability to think and adapt to our surroundings. If you stop and think about just the topic of transportation, and that our ancestors were riding horses and traveling in covered wagons a little over 100 years ago, it is completely amazing how we travel now. Airplanes, cars, trains, even self-driving cars soon!
As my thoughts, during prayers, on mankind’s development took shape, this thought came to mind: if we have the mental capacity to make the great strides we have in the last few hundred years, what were all those early hominids doing for the supposed tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of years? I’m willing to allow that the speed of our learning may have accelerated based on diet, free time, and social necessity… but I can’t fathom the thought that our direct ancestors wouldn’t have pondered their world—just like we do—and began to conceive of ways to improve upon it.
Setting aside the whole debate about the reliability of carbon dating, I struggle to accept the fact that bones in the ground and some stone, hand-worked tools nearby lead some to conclude that this demonstrates a period of time of hundreds of thousands of years ago. Carbon dating (C14), a concept upon which science often proclaims fossils to be millions of years old, actually helps confirm a young earth. As carbon 14 radioactively decays (its half-life is about 5,700 years and C14 is not even detectable much beyond 80,000 years) from carbon-based, formerly living things (that is all plants and animals, including us), it becomes impossible to date long-ago objects. [See the RATE Group findings in the answersingenesis/geology/carbon14 web site] As part of the RATE project, wood fossils, coal samples, and diamonds—all considered by evolutionary science to be millions of years old—yielded significant, detectable C14 levels when studied, which places them at a much, much younger age.
So, what’s the point of all of this? Mankind, in its sinful state, wants to find ways to attribute the world we see to chance, aided by billions of years of time passage. In an effort to refute God’s word, which places us and our world at only a few thousand years old, non-believers search high and low for mechanisms to support their world view. Even if their own utilized devices fail to support that very world view!
Given our rapid, remarkable development in a comparatively short time as a species, I just can’t buy that our ancestors sat around aimlessly and unproductively in caves for thousands and thousands of years. God gave us minds teeming with curiosity and brains quite capable of creative, imaginative thought.
As someone once said: God said what He meant to say in the Bible. And, if He says the world is only a few thousand years old, then that’s good enough for me. I hope it is for you, too.