Hello out there!
Once again it has been a wonderful week! Beautiful weather—both sunny and rain storms! How are all you fine folks holding up in the southern hemisphere? Has spring begun to peak its warm head above ground yet? Well, it might be a wee bit too early for that but it should be coming soon.
So…for the last two weeks we learned about the longevity of life in Pre-Flood and immediate Post-Flood and Post-Babel generations due to both environmental factors and genetics. But what about those generation’s whose life spans were shortened, while the long lived generations still lived on. How did people react to this unique situation in time?
There is really two sides to this event. How did the later Post-Babel peoples (those who grew old and died in 120 years) react to those who outlived their grand and great + grand children? And how did the generations of peoples who lived extraordinary long lives react to the people who lived for only one century. Believe it or not, there are some significant recordings of just what happened…
The Short-Lived Generations:
As people’s life spans became shorter and shorter, those who lived for many generations would have become thought of as...immortal. They would have been revered and held in awe, even whispered that they could be gods. And that is just what we see happened in various culture’s history.
Egypt, the Romans and Greeks as well as many other cultures had many gods and goddesses whom they worshiped. Some of the people even began to worship their ancestors. Even today in China, ancestor worship is still prevalent in rural areas.
Scripture records the humans that were born following the great deluge had life spans that still numbered in the hundreds of years. Thus, a person born several centuries after The Flood could speak with someone who was alive at the same time their ancestor six or seven times removed lived. To a short-life span person, the long-lived human would seem immortal. It would be hard not to worship your great, great, + grandfather who was 400 years old. Imagine what they would have experienced during their lifetimes. It would be like meeting someone still alive who was born in the 1600’s. It would be hard not to be in awe of them—imagine all the questions they could answer! It would be very easy, almost natural to deify them.
The Long-Lived Generations:
On the other hand, what did the long-lived generations think of themselves and of the short-life span peoples? It is very possible if not probable that those long lived humans (at least some of them) played up the immortal part, turning the eyes of the current population to worship them. Genetics and the early environment would have aided these long lived individuals to appear young and vital for several hundred years. As a matter of fact, they may have even believed in themselves as gods. After all, they did out lived everyone else…so maybe they were gods. And that is exactly what we see in cultural historical records around the world.
There was a deity for just about anything imaginable; Jupiter (the master of all Roman gods), Mars (Roman god of war), Venus (Roman goddess of love), Neptune (Roman god of the sea), Diana (roman god of the moon), Iris (Egyptian goddess of the earth), Re (Egyptian creator god), Pan (Geek god of the mountains) and Mithras (Persian-god of light), just to name a few. Not to mention the ancestor worship.
But the mythology legends also tell us these gods and goddesses not only lived, but were capable of death. Though they were considered immortal, it was known that they could be killed, or even just die. The myths never did say they couldn’t die, just that they lived a long, long time. Sound familiar?
Unlike those ‘immortals’, there is only one God—God the Creator—who is truly immortal and is beyond time: God the trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!
Until next time, take care and God Bless!
This week in the night skies; Tuesday, August 20 is the Full Moon (exact at 9:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time-USA-northern hemisphere). The Moon rises around sunset and shines in dim Aquarius after dark. Also in the northern hemisphere The asteroid 7 Iris (the 7th discovered) is just past opposition in Aquarius. Find it at magnitude 8.0 this week with a small telescope. For the southern hemisphere, Mars, Jupiter and the bright star Procyon start the week forming a triangle in the morning twilight. Jupiter and Mars are passing through the constellation Gemini, towards the end of the week. Mars is also close to the bright star Pollux. Nova Delphins is magnitude 6, bright enough to be seen faintly with the unaided eye from dark sky locations, but best seen with binoculars. Have fun!
Morris, H. M. 2006. The New Defender's Study Bible. Nashville, TN: World Publishing, Inc.
Answers in Genesis, The Tower of Babel, Bodie Hoge, 2011. DVD