So, I was just thinking about this 6,000 year old thing. Specifically the flood right? Genesis isn't the only ancient document or religion you find a
story about a flood in.
In fact flood stories start popping up in early writing pretty much as soon as writing was created like, well here. Just check this page.
Okay so Atheists say all these other flood stories weren't true, why do you think the one in the Bible is true?
Well maybe they're all just stories, but maybe they're the same story just retold by different people. It seems to me all these ancient documents
are talking about a flood over and over and over. What is this flood they keep talking about in all these religions?
It leads me to think hey, you know what? Maybe there was some kind of flood or multiple floods and people passed it down by word of mouth for a few
Eventually a retold version of it ended up in Genesis and the Quran and so forth, but that's not really my point. My point is the 6,000 year mark
How long ago did your great great great great great great great great great grandfather die? You have no idea right? However, perhaps if you looked it
up in a book somewhere you could find out right? But what if writing hadn't been invented yet and you couldn't look it up?
Or how long ago was the automobile invented? You'd look it up right?
How did people look up stuff before writing was invented? The only thing you know is that it happened before. The car was invented before. But you
don't know how long before or before what.
So, how long ago was the flood story or the Garden of Eden story written? Well we know when it was written down. What we don't know is who finally
wrote it down and how long it got passed down by word of mouth and altered before it got written down.
What if someone thought up these stories about things that really happened long before writing was invented and passed them down orally and they
didn't get written down until much later after they happened?
There would have been no reliable way to keep track of how old they were until someone started writing them down. Also, many people believe that
Genesis is actually two different earlier versions of the creation story crammed together. It seems that way in certain parts.
Since the clock can't start until writing is invented that 6,000 year mark on the Bible may be way off. It may be more like 16,000 years old or
26,000. We have no idea and the religious should have never claimed to be able to calculate the age of the earth from it in the first place.
Not that I'm saying the world is only 16,000 years old. I think the story in Genesis was invented the same time it was written down. But I think it
was based on much much much much older myths.
Which would make even arguing about the 6,000 year mark pointless because we don't really know if the guy that wrote Genesis wrote it or just
compiled some already told stories. It was stupid for the religious people to even make such a claim that they could use Genesis to calculate the age
of the earth.
But if God is true or not we shouldn't assume that after writing was invented people made no attempt whatsoever to tell historical truths in their
writings even if they were written in a religious style. Some of those stories may still contain knowledge lost to the ages if we just know what to
Also, not everyone has the same intrepertation as Christians. Many believe that Adam and Eve were in fact not the first man and women. To understand
you know the old Testament was a part of the Jewish religion. Many have various interpretations. One which is that Adam and Eve were simply the first
of God's "special" people creating their bloodline if you will. But other men and women already existed long before. Such as those living in nod
where Cain met his wife.
Then some time in the future at one point God came down and specifically crafted Adam and Eve later.
Also I believe evolution can happen much more quickly than the scientists say. Like when bacteria evolve in months or weeks in a lab instead of
millions of years. Given the right environment we may be surprised at how life can adapt. One discoverer even claimed to have found Dino bones with
soft tissue and blood cells.
And this crazy guy says he makes thing grow huge just by putting them in a chamber. www.youtube.com...
I'm still not certain anyone can replicate his work though so it might not be correct.
But I wonder if both the scientists and the religious people both have their timelines completely out of whack because they're not looking for the
truth. They're just looking to prove each other wrong sometimes.
[edit on 25-7-2009 by tinfoilman]