In the book of Genesis, God created man and told them; “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Man was created to subdue and manage all of the things on the earth.

Descendants of Adam

Everything was carefully laid out, and everything seemed perfect. However Adam and Eve turned from God and sinned, and were forced out of the garden. They were blessed with 2 children, Cain and Abel, but lose both of them due to murder. Starting from the 3rd son, Seth, their descendants begin to increase.

There are 9 generations between Adam and Noah. The people’s life span were extremely long, so as can be seen from the graph, Adam was still alive when Noah was born!

The world’s oldest civilization?

During the time of Noah, the great flood occurred, and all but 8 people disappeared. So how many people were alive during the time of the Flood? From the time of Adam’s birth to the Flood, some 1,600 years have passed. Starting from just 2 people, if we consider the current population growth rate(1.2%), we will have 389,000,000 people after 1,600 years. However, many of the people during this time lived for long periods(typically over 900 years old), we can assume that the population growth rate was much higher. Increasing the population growth rate by 0.2% changes the final population to 9,160,000,000 people, which is greater than the current population of the world!

We have been taught at schools about the “4 great civilizations”(Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus, Yellow river). It is said that these were the “first” civilizations, but recently new evidence of earlier civilizations have been found around the world. Even the Jomon era of Japan is said to be a civilization of high level, and have existed much earlier than the “4 great civilizations”.

But the Bible talks of a civilization much earlier, from the lineage of Adam. They were able to mold bronze and steel, cultivate food, and grow domestic animals. And this civilization was not just in a small area, but was most likely spread out world wide. Perhaps the many evidence found recently of a high level ancient civilization may be hinting at this.

This civilization would not last very long. They fell away from God, and did evil things. We start to see the Nephilim appear around this period as well. The story takes up only a couple of chapters in the Bible, but it makes us imagine what kind of world it must have been like!

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