Book Review: Don’t Miss The Boat

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Paul Taylor has pulled together a great overview of the history of Noah’s Flood. He covers both the science and the spiritual/moral implications of this seminal event in our history for ordinary people.

Although Mr. Taylor doesn’t bring the language down quite to a child’s level, he does a great job accomplishing his goal of reaching everyday adults. There are a few points he brings up repeatedly, but that’s because the book is designed for you to search for a topic rather than having to read straight through.

It was especially nice to see the last section is laid out to give a study group starter questions to work through. Paul Taylor planned his book with the goal of helping churches lead their entire congregations into a deeper understanding of the Flood.

Don’t Miss the Boat draws out aspects of the Bible’s account of the Flood that will be sure to interest people no matter what they most enjoy. There is science, yes, but also theology, history, and the picture of Jesus’ salvation the ark so clearly gives us.

Having studied this topic for years, very little of Taylor’s points were new to me, but there is something extraordinary about this book that makes it worth having in any well stocked Creation library. Just before the wrap up bits of the book, Taylor plies his hand at some fiction writing.

I won’t go into detail, but will tell you the snapshot accounts included are NOT from Noah’s perspective. They are gut wrenching views of what would inspire God to wipe the slate clean. It isn’t stuff for kids, but neither does Taylor revel in sinful gore. By the time someone is well into their teens, they should be aware of the kinds of sins mentioned.

For me, I found the stories hit home in a way I’d never experienced. They are powerful, and likely to make us wonder why Jesus hasn’t returned to wipe sinful humanity out again already. Although, today there is a far larger remnant of people sold out to Jesus.

Paul Taylor doesn’t load his book with bibliography, but he does mention enough to give you places to go if you want to learn more. There were at least two books I hadn’t heard of that are now on my list to check out ASAP!

If you want to find out more about Paul Taylor’s work, you’ll enjoy checking out his articles on Answers in Genesis and catching up on two and a half seasons of co-hosting the Creation Today Show with Eric Hovind. I think you’ll find he’s a delightful, wise, and understanding British gentleman. I know he’s done a video series on the Six Days of Creation and from what the book says, there should be a video on the Flood to go along with his book soon.

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“Then what the [Bible] has taught us is real”

It’s a busy day here, but I wanted to pass on what I just read from Creation Ministries International. last Spring, my kids and I read a similar, although less dramatic, account by another Wycliffe missionary in the Philippines. The village elder that had taken Joanne Shetler under his wing loved the genealogy of Jesus so much that he kept the list of names with him to show to everyone he met.

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There is great power in the historical documentation all the way through the Bible, especially the names that show Jesus really IS our brother!

How the Binumarien people of New Guinea discovered Jesus is real

BTW this is a great story to read to your kids when you prepare to read the genealogical sections of the Bible. We may not know anything about many of those people today, but we know they lived and we will see many someday and hear their stories!

For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. Psalm 33:4

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The Ancients Sure Got Around (to the Americas)

This image was first published in the 1 st (18...If you look around on the web to find out how the first people came to live in North and South America, this is the story you are likely to hear:

‘There were many Ice Ages in the past million years and whenever they peaked, the ocean levels dropped. Just because they wanted to, some people decided to leave Asia and walk all the way to Alaska. Some of them kept walking until they got to their present locations all the way down to South America. Slowly, over 1,000s of years they began to get smarter and developed better and better societies. These would last for a while until some natural disaster brought them to an end. The worst disaster was when the Europeans came and brought all kinds of disease with them and slaughtered as many as they could.’

I’m not saying that the Spanish and others were right in what they did to the local people, but there are only tiny grains of truth in the story above. Most of this tale is in the same category as Jack and the Bean Stalk.

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Olmec – with a dragon (Photo credit: Cåsbr)

Today I’m going to show what we actually know about the first people to arrive in the Americas. In the past few years we’ve been having a lot of fun studying our DNA with the new tools we’ve developed. The puzzles these set are confusing to everybody. Did they arrive as one smaller group around 50,000 years ago? Or were there multiple waves of people coming across the Ice Age land bridge? Does it matter? Well, if you believe that the first humans came from Africa, but were too dumb to build ocean-going boats to cross the Pacific until a thousand years ago, then it does matter. But were we really too stupid to build sturdy, seafaring boats in the years around the only Ice Age there has actually been? If we were, how did we draw maps like these?  And how come this sculpture from the founding of the Olmec civilization of Mexico has Chinese writing on it?

Here’s what the Chinese Writing scholar found written on those posts, “The ruler and his chieftains establish the foundation for a kingdom.” It didn’t say anything about conquering an already existing group of people! And if the Olmecs were really founded before 12,000 BC, why is the carving telling about the first king dated only to c. [around] 3,000 BC? Someone is guessing and trying to fit things into their Worldview.

I’m pretty sure I ran into this information before I found James Nienhuis’ blog, Dancing from Genesis. He covers this as well in these posts from his site:

The Olmecs had Chinese and African connections 

Chinese connections of Olmec Civilization and late founding date

And here are some other sites that talk about the diverse peoples of Ancient America:

A giant Olmecs head in the museum discovered a...

A giant Olmecs head in the museum discovered at an archaeological site in Texistepec, Veracruz

  • Race and History: Ancient America, Black People
  • And some Ancient Caucasians from Cabrillo.edu (one guy looks like Captain Picard)
  • A Really Long Page showing the cultural connections between Ancient Americans and the rest of the world.
  • The National Park service used to have a page admitting that the East Coast Natives were also really good at sailing the ocean. “Prehistoric maritime exploration, probably from South America, resulted in the settling of the Virgin Islands among the northern Leeward Islands, with the initial occupation of the Greater Antilles estimated to have taken place as early as 5000 B.C.” Well, not quite that early, but close enough!

The history of the Human Race doesn’t fit into the neat boxes that Evolutionary Anthropologists want it to. But nothing will ever go against the truth of God’s Word and His eye-witness accounts!

These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.  Genesis 10:32

For more about the Table of Nations read this post: The Nations That God Has Made

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Sir Isaac Newton, the Historian

Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by S...

Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by Sir James Thornhill

I was looking around to see how far back the timelines of the earliest Post-Flood civilizations can be accurately traced and ran into this book:

The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended by Sir Isaac Newton, first published in 1728 (one year after his death).

Turns out Newton was very interested in the written histories of ancient civilizations.  He was really good at reading Latin and Greek so it was no problem for him to study manuscripts dating back to the time of Alexander and examine how trustworthy their stories were.

Many of the earliest nations that the Bible talks about had been lost so completely that only people who trusted the Bible believed that they had really existed.  The Assyrians’ capital cities, including Nineveh, had been buried by sand. They, along with their great clay tablet library. wouldn’t be rediscovered for over 100 years.  The great early civilization of the Hittites wouldn’t be uncovered for almost 200 years!  Historians still don’t accept that there was a sea-faring empire around the Atlantic.  Its capital city, Atlantis, was located somewhere on the coast of the western Mediterranean (read lots about it on this page by James Nienhuis).

People still knew about Babylon, Egypt, the Romans and Greeks, but at the time of Newton, there weren’t too many ways to learn about them.  You could risk traveling to the few places that hadn’t been buried, destroyed, or just covered by other buildings. But, going to these places didn’t help much, because no one could read most of their languages anymore.  Along with that problem, most of the ancient libraries had been destroyed.   So all people were left with were the writings  in Latin or Greek from less than 400 years before Christ, along with the Old Testament which God had preserved!

“All Nations, before they began to keep exact accounts of Time, have  been prone to raise their Antiquities; and this humour has been promoted,  by the Contentions between Nations about their Originals.” 

English: Gesta Theodorici; Flavius Magnus Aure...

Not only were these histories written long after the times they were discussing, there had been a rivalry to see who had the most ancient culture.  Egyptian priests were adding hundreds of extra kings and assuming long reigns for each of them to push back their timeline.  The Greeks completely invented new dynasties for their cities, because they weren’t going to have a culture that only dated back 1,500 years (which was pretty accurate) when the Egyptians had dates going back over 10,000!

“And the  Chaldæans boasted further, that they had observed the Stars 473000  years; and there were others who made the Kingdoms of Assyria,  Media and Damascus, much older than the truth.”

Not to be outdone, the Babylonians added dates and kings to push their “history” back for hundreds of thousands of years.  Not even Evolutionists think long ages like that are realistic!

Sir Isaac Newton, who knew that the Bible gives accurate information, decided to study these ancient writings and see how well they stood the test of truth.  Not surprisingly, it is the Bible that agrees with reality.  It makes a faithful measuring stick to compare all other things with!

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses [who wrote Genesis] and the prophets; let them hear them.  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:27-31

I got the idea for this article from Larry Pierce’s well researched article: Chronology Wars