Although some aspects of this post will involve the mention of religious references, this is not intended to be a religious discussion, and you'll see
what I mean as you read.
To start, my stepfather is a pastor and he and my mother along with many Christians (not sure if followers of other religions believe this) believe in
The Gap Theory, which is mainly derived from the discrepancies in the first two verses of Genesis, and is the belief that the Earth we all know now is
not the first and only creation of this planet and has gone through at least one re-creation since the original creation. They believe dinosaurs and
the like existed on this previous Earth, or at least one of the previous Earths if you believe it's gone through destruction and rebirth on multiple
occasions as I am starting to believe.
Now taking the religious aspect out of it, as I believe it's not solely a religious discussion but a historical one, it makes sense to me that a large
part of the disagreement and arguments that arise between scientists, historians, scholars, etc. as to the age of the planet as well as the age of
ancient and lost civilizations is due to this destruction and rebirth, and the distorting of measurable data, and could also explain why so many
ancient civilizations seem to be so advanced beyond what we perceive of their capabilities at the time.
Now, whether you are a creationist, atheist, religious or non-religious, I think most of us will agree that there is more than enough evidence to
suggest that this planet has undergone at least one destruction in the past in the form of a great flood, as we not only have the physical evidence,
but an abundance of evidence in the legends and annals of many different civilizations' history as well. I'm no scientist, but what I do know of
science, tells me that something of that sort happening would cause a lot of confusion and distortion with certain scientific forms of dating, and
also could displace a lot of artifacts and physical evidence to other places by simply carrying it and leaving it in other locations once the waters
Now to get to the most interesting part of the subject to me, which is ancient and lost civilizations being far more advanced than we perceive. Other
civilizations speak not only of a great flood, but also of multiple destructive occurrences in the past, such as the Hopi who believe the earth has
been destroyed and reborn three times before. If this is true, which I'm leaning toward it being true, that would be a perfect explanation IMO as to
why we have so many questions and arguments about ancient civilizations. In the past 20 years we've discovered more evidence to suggest the ancients
were far more advanced in almost every aspect than we ever thought possible, and I personally believe the reason we we've been so dumb on the subject
is the fact that most of the evidence has been wiped from history and all we have to go on is what was left over, which is mainly their structures, as
that would be about the only thing that could withstand such an event, and little to nothing of any written history or evidence of the tools or
technology they would have had at the time.
In closing I would like to add that the argument over the age of the planet itself could also largely be due to just not taking into consideration
that this could very well not be the only planet we've had. For instance, there's the argument between the religious who believe the planet is only
8,000 or so years old and those who believe it's billions of years old. Well what if it's both? What if the Sumerians, which is believed to be the
beginning of modern, sophisticated civilizations, was just the new beginning, and the structures and civilizations we are discovering now that some
are dating to be tens of thousands of years older than the Sumerians are remnants of the former incarnation(s) of this planet and all we have to go on
to date our current existence is what we've found once the old history was lost and forgotten and our planet's current history began again. Just
something to think about, I hope you enjoy.
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