The headline was riveting: “Human Jawbone Found On Beach Is Pre-Historic.” The article states that the coroner cannot determine the age of the jawbone, but believes it is from a “prehistoric native American.” Wow, a prehistoric jawbone! Just exactly what does that mean? Is there such a thing as “prehistoric?”
Let’s look at God’s word for the answers. Genesis 1:1 states: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” To me, that sounds like the beginning of a history book. As we continue in Genesis, we read the detailed account of creation. Man was created on Day Six, along with all land animals (including dinosaurs). Further reading and research reveals to us that creation occurred in six 24-hour literal days, followed by one day of rest. (Upon this, man “invented” the current seven-day week.)
The history of man is detailed in the Bible, beginning with Adam and Eve. Following accounts include Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, kings and prophets, cities and towns, births and deaths. And who can forget Jonah at Ninevah, Noah’s Ark, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. Although the birth of Jesus Christ is in the New Testament, accounts of Christ are scattered throughout the entire Bible (but that’s another article).
When we look at the number of years from the current date backwards to Day Six, we come up with just over 6,000 years of recorded history, all in one book we call the Bible. God created everything a mere 6,000 years ago and then He gave men words to write down and record the events of history. The Bible is detailed enough to allow us to grasp the concept of all creation being in the near past, not millions and millions of years ago. The Bible is detailed enough to tell us when Jesus Christ came to this earth (just over 2000 years ago). The Bible is detailed enough to tell us that Christ will come again at a future date. Even that date will not pre- or post-date history, for Christ said, “it is finished” (John 19:30).
Now look at the headline again: Human Jawbone…prehistoric. In human history, there is no such timeframe as “prehistoric,” nor will there ever be. In God’s perfect plan, everything has a purpose, a place, and a time. When we accept that the Bible is 100% true and accurate, we can also understand why there is no such thing as a “prehistoric jawbone.”
Believing in God’s word, not man’s supposed account of millions of years, is an excellent way of defending our faith to others. As true Christians, we are obligated to accept the Bible as truthful. If we discount any one thing in the Bible, we are subjecting our faith to ridicule and scorn. Therefore, we must accept and believe in the 6,000-year account of human history.
Prehistoric Jawbone? Not in our lifetime! Praise God!
Man’s time is running short on earth – what have we done today to enlighten others about who God is and His plan for our salvation?
Source of article: www.newsnet5.com (12/19/05)
All quotes from NIV.