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Wordwise Insight, Issue #138
February 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Was early man technically advaced?

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Pre-Flood Civilization

QUESTION: Do you think the Pre-Flood civilization was very technologically advanced?

ANSWER: The biblical evidence seems to support an early development in this area. To begin with there were inborn abilities of language and science, given by God to Adam and Eve, from the very first moment of their existence. Otherwise, God could not have communicated with them, or given them key responsibilities, as He did.

As formed by the Lord, Adam and Eve were surely ideal human beings, made "in the image of God, and equipped to exercise dominion over creation" (Gen. 1:26-27). "You [God] have made him [man] a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honour" (Ps. 8:5). That does not sound like a grunting, hairy ape-like creature, barely able to walk upright!

They tell us that today we're only using about 10% of our brain's capacity and capability. Would not our first parents, made by God only a little lower than angelic beings, use far more? Adam was not an inarticulate caveman. In truth, I would expect that he was far more intelligent than modern man.

We're told: "Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name" (Gen. 2:19).

Even if this involved identifying merely broad classifications of animals, it took wisdom and intelligence, and the gift of speech to do so. And the fact that God fully accepted Adam's decisions is also remarkable. Adam knew what he was doing.

Genesis 4 gives us a picture of early civilizations. Cain (the next generation after Adam) build a "city" (vs. 20), which suggests not isolated cave dwellers, or even a little cluster of mud huts, but something larger and more complex. These early humans ...

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