The Lost Civilization
According to the Bible, man was first created about 5,800 years ago. Likewise, the Jewish calendar, which is dated from similar biblical texts, is currently in the year 5,773. Science, on the other hand, dates man’s first appearance (in Africa) to roughly 200,000 years ago. Since many Christians take the Bible literally, religion and science have been at loggerheads ever since. The conundrum for religion is that if it were proven that man was born 200,000 years ago, then the Bible would be wrong and, by extension, could not be taken literally at all. It’s an even more precarious position for scientists, who are at the same time Christian, and want to believe in the Bible but are faced with the results of their own scientific research.
Now the history books state that man evolved slowly and gradually from 200,000 years ago and, according to science, the first significant milestone for man was the development of agriculture at least 10,000 years ago (as opposed to the Bible’s rendering of 5,800 years ago for first man). Prior to that, man was a hunter/gatherer who had not yet even invented anything more than very rudimentary tools… and yet.
The world of archaeology is currently upstaging both religion and science. Everyone has probably heard of the more famous sites like the Great Pyramid or Machu Picchu. However, some of the more recent discoveries are truly amazing. For starters there are the pyramids in Bosnia, which are larger and significantly older than the pyramids in Egypt. In addition, there are pyramids and whole cities that have been discovered beneath the oceans. Underwater ruins have been discovered around the world, from Japan to Cuba to India to the North Sea (just to name a few). What makes these discoveries stand out from discoveries on land is that these sites mostly can be dated to the ending of the last ice age, some 12,000 years ago, when the world’s sea level rose significantly.
Now progress in civilization normally takes thousands of years. To understand when life began you have to work backward from what is known to the beginning. In the case of these latest archaeological finds, fully developed civilization existed in some places prior to 10,000BC and you need to then work backward from there. This makes the scientific estimate of 200,000 years ago for the appearance of man seem reasonable, although it does raise other significant issues. Even more recent developments surround the discovery of cities in Mexico and South Africa that have both been dated to at least 200,000 years. If true, that would blow any and all theories out of the water.
In any event, pre-history was apparently witness to an advanced civilization of some kind that was light years beyond what otherwise was in existence at that time. As one civilization morphed from hunter/gatherers to farmers and later into the Bronze Age and the development of more sophisticated weapons and even later to the advent of Greek Civilization and then 3,000 more years to modern man and his string of impressive technological discoveries (beginning in the 20th century), a more advanced civilization somehow came and went.
How does one solve this enigma? Well to begin with, religion needs to admit that man existed before Adam and Eve. Perhaps, that’s the real story of how Cain was able to leave the Garden of Eden and find a wife. As for science, they need to stop being politically correct and admit that the process of gradual evolution is not a completely workable thesis. After all, there apparently were two completely different civilizations living on this planet at the very same time (overlapping for at least some period of history). So many ancient cultures, the Mayans and Incans included, were visited by “gods” who brought the seeds of civilization with them. Mayan legend states that these men came from and returned to the stars. Other cultures, like the well-documented Dogon tribe of West Africa, tell a similar story.
The story of this lost civilization has been suppressed for thousands of years. Most legends and religions do state, however, that the gods will return. However, I can only imagine what would happen if they do and found that the masses didn’t even know that they had been here.