Sunday, August 18, 2013

Skara Brae


I was so excited to view the ancient ruins of Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands in the northernmost part of Great Britain.  There's something about viewing well-preserved 5,000 year old dwellings that is thrilling!  Because this village had been covered in sand for 40 centuries, it had managed to remain in a relatively complete condition, making it possible to more fully study the ways of those early people.

We saw eight houses that were linked to one another by low, covered passages so that the people could get around in the village even when the weather outside was extreme, plus it would have protected them from wild animals and other dangers.  It seems like a really good idea to me.  The Neolithic people lived in this village for about 600 years until various natural calamities forced them to find new digs.

Our guide told us many things about how these early people lived and how smart they were in many of the things they knew and things they did as evidenced by what they left behind.  I remarked to one of the women on the tour with us that it was no surprise that these people were smart, because the first man God created, Adam, would have been brilliant and he was from an even earlier time.  The woman looked at me as if I'd sprouted two heads and then said, "Well, I don't believe that way."  It would have been humourous if it hadn't been so sad that most people don't believe what God says in His Holy Word.

The theory of evolution (and one must remember that even scientists say it is only a theory) and proponents of a very old earth have managed to blind nearly a whole generation of people -- and they're going after the next generation as hard as they can.  They don't have any real answers and they're all floundering around in theories and ideas that change with the wind.

I'm so thankful the Bible makes the origin of this world and everything in it clear and precise.  We didn't originate in some mucky sludge, nor did we go through a million years as monkeys or neanderthals.  We began as fully capable human beings created by a loving Father in His very image, and placed in a beautiful world that was as fresh and new as one week ago.  It's exciting and it's truth that cannot be proven wrong, because it is what it is.  I much prefer God's true story to the theories thrown around by scientists who simply don't know what they're talking about.

I love the way God tells it in His book:  "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1.  It couldn't be simpler to understand and believe.  God said it,  I believe it and that's good enough for me!

1 comment:

Lou Ann Keiser said...

I saw a piece on BBC news this week how a scientist was so impressed at the tools found next to "Neanderthal" skeletons. They showed the "Neanderthal" tools, and then modern tools for the same purpose. They were almost identical. "Dumber" and "more primitive" man seems to have been smarter than they thought. You almost have to laugh at the stuff they come up with in theories. I love the drawings of those hairy people with no clothes on and bats in their hands! Please! Adam was clearly a brilliant man with a scientific brain. :o)

Love your post--and the cool photo. :o)