This short article was taken from one of my own essays, dealing with the subject of Astronomy and Astrology. I decided to post this extract here with the purpose of shortening the other essay dealing with Astronomy. I will be posting that essay soon, and hopefully after this one, so please don’t miss it! It promises to be an exciting and most revealing study.
How the notion of 'God' entered the minds of primitive man.
The night sky back in ancient times must surely have been a magnificent sight to behold, - that is, if we could compare it to the night sky we observe today. From several locations in the southern hemisphere in Africa the night sky often resembles one massive cloud of milky bright whiteness. It is thus no wonder that we have named our galaxy the Milky Way! One can only imagine what it must have looked like in ancient times when the skies were not polluted with a haze of dust, grimy smog, and the artificial lights of our ever-expanding urban world?
The times and seasons were not a real factor in the lives of the first primitive beings who roamed the earth, not because they were primitive apes as the flawed theory of evolution wants us to believe, but because of several other reasons, which I will explain in the ensuing passages of this article.
The earth we’re talking about here was the magnificent and vast continent of Africa, -- the birthplace of the world’s first hunter-gatherers. The African continent did not look the same as we know it today. Vast deserts such as the Sahara did not exist back then, and hence there could not have been desert storms obscuring the skies. There were also no rain clouds back then. Yes, you read correctly, – maybe a few white fluffs of foggy mist hovering about, but NO rain or massive thunderclouds, for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, -- yet!
BEFORE ADAM’S TIME the earth was watered by mist that came UP from the earth – (See Genesis 2: 5-6).
I realize this may sound confusing and also unbelievable for some people who are not familiar with the controversial concept of the two separate creation events as described in the Book of Genesis, but trust me when I tell you that Adam was not the first man on earth. He was formed many years after the so-called primitive hunter-gatherer humans who roamed Africa. For starters, you may wish to read my previous article Adam the Farmer, which touches on this topic. The link will transfer you to the parent blog, Tia Mysoa.
The earliest primitive hunter-gatherers were not concerned with matters of astronomy in the sense that they required the need to utilise the various phenomenon and behaviour of celestial objects to record dates, and to link those dates with past events. This is possibly the reason why extensive and reliable written records of ancient African history is non-existent, and why there are so many desperate attempts lately to verify that the Ancient Black African was not as primitive as we think he was. Note that I have used the term “possibly” in the above sentence.
Maybe the evidence exists and we have not found it yet! Maybe the entire history of the ancient Africans were written by another ancient civilization? Have we perhaps grossly underestimated the extent and range of ancient Eastern influence in Africa? I don’t know! I believe that I may have some answers to these questions in my head, but maybe they are wrong. Please share your thoughts in this regard!
Shall we continue with the subject on hand…
The recurring cycle of changing seasons were foreseen by primitive man simply by observing the foliage on trees and shrubs. Their senses were fine-tuned to their immediate natural environment, which also included the behaviour of wild beasts, birds, fish, and other creatures. Natural phenomenon on earth thus provided all the required signs, signals and forewarnings needed for survival.
The notion that there must surely be a God in control of matters on earth and in the heavens, was first implanted in the minds of primitive man when they sensed the arrival of an unfamiliar breeze in the air, which was soon followed by the threatening appearance of strange dark clouds in the sky. One can only imagine what went through the minds of primitive man back in those ancient times, when their senses experienced the first rumbling roars of thunder, the first angry flashes of lightning, -- and finally the refreshing and cool sensation of raindrops falling from the heavens above. Yes, surely feelings of terror and panic must have gripped those primitive souls, but the strange occurrences also brought tremendous relief, -- for Africa is a hot place in summer, where temperatures (even in the shade) can sometimes be unbearable.
“And HE CHANGETH THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
(Daniel 2:21) Emphasis added
(Daniel 2:21) Emphasis added
The ancient hunter-gatherers sensed that ‘someone’ or ‘something’ was responsible for the bizarre changes taking place, and that this mysterious entity, which revealed itself with such Supreme Power and authority, had somehow sensed their subconscious wishes.
As the years progressed, the various scattered clans in Africa called that entity by various names, but the common term in many places in Africa is Mawu. Although they obviously associated this Supreme Being with the two biggest visible objects in the sky, namely the sun and the moon, they also perceived this Supreme Authority as the One and Only Creator of everything on earth and in the heavens, exactly as we Christian do today in modern times.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
So there we have it my dear friend! The notion that God existed among the earliest primitive humans of our planet was known long before the arrival of biblical text written on stone tablets and parchments of animal skin. It was known thousands of years before the great monotheistic religions were even fashioned.
I can well imagine that all sorts of weird and wonderful fables, related to the sun, moon, and stars, must have developed over the ages, and that these stories were repeated around campfires under brightly lit African skies, -- year in and year out, and eventually spread to all corners of the earth when bands of primitive men started migrating from Africa to other continents.
Somewhere along the timeline of human history, things became horribly distorted and man became a weak, superstitious, and fearful being. Modern man is expressing a tendency to blame religion, and particularly Christianity for this, but in all these many argument, which often contradict one another, there is one factor that is conventionally left out of the equation. That one factor happens to be satan himself, and the role his influence has in the bigger scheme of things.
There is no doubt in my mind that the spirit of fear did not come from God. I am not talking about the sudden jolt of shock one experiences when a nearby cloud suddenly makes a thunderous noise. I am referring here to the nagging superstitious beliefs that turned men away from God and changed them into heathens.
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
My next article will deal with the oldest science on earth, namely Astronomy, and how it came about that wickedness embedded within Astrology captured certain elements of this prestigious science.
Take care, and God Bless!