Four Misconceptions About Christianity–When the Earth Was Created, Pre-Adamites, Noah’s Flood, and the Difference Between Jews and Israelites

Fundamentalist Christianity teaches four misconceptions that provide gainsayers ammunition to challenge the veracity of the Bible[1].

The Creation of the Earth–When?

First, they claim that the earth was created 6,000 years ago.  Actually, this is when God created Adam, as biblical chronology supports.  As Frederick Haberman points out, “The Word says, ‘In the beginning God created,’ but it does not say when that beginning was; neither does modern science know.”  It is common knowledge that this earth is extremely ancient in man’s time, in the millions and not thousands of years old.

Adam was not the first

Second, Adam was not the first homo sapien created.  There were indigenous races scattered all over the earth.  No one knows for sure when God created them.   Some of these pre-Adamic people were living literally around this new Garden of Eden, planted by God and tended by Him in preparation for Adam’s new home.  Adam and his descendants were a brand new creation of mankind.  To them God gave the knowledge of the arts of civilization–astronomy, architecture, agriculture, law.  They would be eventually dispersed to bring civilization to many parts of the earth.  Isn’t it interesting that the historical record starts about the time of the biblical creation of Adam–about 4,000 years B.C.?

To those who doubt this, I ask you two questions about Cain, the murderous son of Adam.  Why was Cain deathly afraid of being cast out of the Garden after his murder of Abel?  Cain cried out to God.  “My punishment is greater than I can bear!  Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground…I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond [wanderer] on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me” [2].  Who were these people that Cain was afraid of?  The very fact that he was afraid of being killed by someone “out there” outside the Garden proves that there were other men before Adam’s family was created. Cain had a cozy little set-up there in the Garden.  All was taken care of; he was blessed and nurtured there.  Now he knew that being cast out, he would become like the other hunter-gatherers; he would be a “restless wanderer” like  them with no stable home.  He would be cast out into a hard nomadic life, a life full of danger and desperation.  The second question is the age-old one: Where did Cain get his wife?  That has now been answered.

Noah’s Flood

Third–and this is a huge sticking point to so many who have been taught this since infancy–Noah’s flood was not worldwide, but a local one.  Genesis is the book of Adam and his offspring. Genesis 5: 1 says, “This is the book of the generation of Adam.”  In other words, Genesis is not a record of the hunter-gatherer nomadic tribes that trod the earth before Adam was created around 4,000 B.C.  It is a record of Adamite man and his world.  So when Genesis states that the whole world was flooded, it is talking about Adam’s offspring’s world.  But when we have been programmed to believe that the Bible teaches that Adam is the father of all men, then understanding languishes.  “A universal Deluge is contradicted by many statements of Scripture and impossible to harmonize with the chronology of the Old Testament, to say nothing of the physical impossibilities and consequences” [3].  According to scripture, the patriarch Abraham is standing in the illustrious courts of Pharoah a mere 300 years after the flood of Noah.  A total worldwide flood would have rendered the earth so destitute that it would take much more than 300 years for new civilizations to arrive again.

Moreover, this same “whole world” concept is spoken of in the New Testament.  The scripture states that the Romans “taxed the whole world” during the time of Jesus’ infancy.  We know, of course, that it was only the Roman world that was taxed, not the Americas or China.  But the Roman world was their world.  Does that make the Bible inaccurate?  No.  Seen in this new light helps dissolve all the inconsistencies used in arguments against the veracity of the Bible.  One other thing to consider in this third point.  God’s Law of Harvest states:  Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  According to this law, there is no way that all the races of the world could possibly come out of the loins of Noah and his wife Naamah.  It is totally impossible!  The Chinese have chinese babies that greatly resemble their parents.  The same for Africans, Indians, and Western Europeans.  Something is off somewhere.  Getting rid of this misconception clears up much.

The Difference Between Jews and Israelites

“The fourth great stumbling block to the critics of the Old Testament has been the assumption that God’s chosen people, Israel, were the Jews,” writes Haberman.  The children of Israel were comprised of the offspring of the twelve sons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.  Jacob, of course, was the son of Isaac and the grandson of Abraham (Gen. 12).  One of Jacob’s sons was Judah.  Like his brothers, Judah and his offspring inherited some of the Promised Land in Palestine.  It is Judah’s descendants that began to be called Jews about 500-600 B.C., more than 1,000 years after Judah’s father Jacob/Israel was born.  Therefore, Abraham was not a Jew!  So, all twelve tribes were Israelites, but only one major tribe came to be called Jews.  It is like, all Texans are Americans, but all Americans are not Texans.  And to complicate matters even more, 90% of modern day Jews are descendants of the Khazars, a Turko-Mongol tribe in south central Asia, who converted to Judaism about a thousand years ago [4].  And now they claim to be the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel and receivers of all the blessings promised to Abraham and his posterity! The truth is that they are not out of the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel.[See Gen. 35: 9-12].

It is difficult to figure all this out.  It takes much study, but it is well worth it to get the truth.    KWH

  1. Frederick Haberman, Tracing Our Ancestors, p. 163.
  2. Genesis 4: 14
  3. Haberman
  4. Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, a history of the Khazar conversion to Judaism

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11 responses to “Four Misconceptions About Christianity–When the Earth Was Created, Pre-Adamites, Noah’s Flood, and the Difference Between Jews and Israelites

  1. In regards to Noah’s Flood:

    Genesis 6:13-And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

    Genesis 6:17-And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.

    Genesis 6: 19-And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
    20Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.

    Genesis 7:4-For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

    Genesis 7:21-And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
    22All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
    23And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

    Genesis 9:11-And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there anymore be a flood to destroy the earth.

    12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
    13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
    14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
    15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
    16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

    • Anonymous, please read the article. You quote scripture here, but you make no comment. I explained in Gen. 5: 1 that all things written in Genesis concerned Adam and his offspring’s world. And you certainly did not address the many questions raised in this piece. How old is the earth? Who were those people that Cain was afraid of? Where did he get his wife? And who are the true Jews? I would like your comment about those issues to go with your quotes….Speaking of quotes. What do you do with this, as you probably believe you are still a sinner. “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3: 9). Just trying to help. WH

  2. anonymous

    the verses i left were in regards to noahs ark alone. I gave every verse that stated all men were in fact destroyed, and i used the original 1611 kjv. As for the age of the earth i cannot say what it is as i was not present at the creation of it. Nor does the bible say. Im not so sure the age even matters in the grand scheme of things. And for the people cain was afraid of, as well as his wife, i have no doubt God had created more people after adam and eve. As for who Gods chosen people are i cannot rightly say anything as i have not studied this particular aspect yet. the part about me not sinning however i shall comment on. I am still a sinner, i believe what the verse actually means is because Jesus has already paid the price for every sin commited then Gods mercy washes it away. Its not as though a christian can go out and commit murder (not that one would) and be perfectly justified because `christians dont sin.`

  3. William

    wayneman…here is a view from Henry M. Morris at http://www.icr.org., in which he uses the adjective, “primevil” in describing world.

    While I have not yet asked him how exactly he sees the meaning of this word or its use, to me the rest of the view implies he holds to the idea that would oppose where you are coming from, particularly regarding the replenishing or repopulating the world after the flood as well as your view in contrast to how far reaching the flood involved?

    God Is Love

    “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)

    This was the first command given by God to mankind in the new world after the Flood. Actually, it simply renewed the first command given to Adam and Eve in the primeval world. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28). The Old English word “replenish” means simply “fill,” and the same is true of the Hebrew word (mala) from which it is translated. In fact, of its 220 occurrences, the King James translators rendered it “replenish” only seven times. Almost always they translated it by “fill” or the equivalent.

    Thus, God’s first command to men and women was to multiply until the earth was filled. Despite our latter-day concerns about exploding populations, this goal is far from accomplishment today. “Filling,” of course, would imply filling only to the optimum capacity for productive human stewardship of the earth under God.

    The pre-Flood earth was filled in only 1,656 years, but it was “filled with violence through them,” and God finally had to “destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:13).

    In spite of man’s failures, the Lord has given a gracious promise: “And the LORD said, . . . as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” (Numbers 14:20-21). This will not be man’s doing, however. When Christ returns in power and great glory as the destroying Stone, then “the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35). The new earth will finally be filled with an innumerable multitude of the redeemed (Revelation 7:9), and “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). HMM

  4. Thank you, William, for the comment. You’ve got to love that vision of the stone becoming a great mountain/kingdom and filling the whole earth. That is the bottom line. WH

  5. Scriptures were written for our learning and not for criticism. Life is very short and we should not put time for fighting and arguing. The original article are for those who made a deeper research of the earth ages. It is really a good topic for an open mind.

    • jvitzzifly said, “Scriptures were written for our learning and not for criticism.” The Spirit writing through the apostle Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” When was the last time you were corrected by God through His scriptures, jvitzzifly? Criticism by nature finds faults. Two breaths later, we read, “Preach the word…reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” For there will be a time when “they will not endure sound doctrine.” The correcter will always be branded as a criticizer…[see I Tim 3:16–II Tim 4: 3]. You gotta stand fast and fight the good fight some time, jvitzzifly…

  6. Jenn

    Hello there Wayneman! “The Word says, ‘In the beginning God created,’ but it does not say when that beginning was; neither does modern science know.” It is common knowledge that this earth is extremely ancient in man’s time..” You contradicted yourself. It can’t be both. “How old is the earth?” I don’t know. “Who were those people that Cain was afraid of?” Other humans, and yes Adam/Eve were the first humans. Scripture tells you she was the mother of all living, does God lie? You used the imagination of your heart to say there were other humans not descendant from Adam/Eve, no place in Scripture tells you this! “Where did he get his wife?” From a descendant of Adam/Eve, even though that’s hard for our minds to wrap around. “And who are the true Jews?” I can’t speculate as to whom the real descendants of Judah are and coudn’t prove anything anyway, but doesn’t matter as we are told the real Jews are spiritual ones and not of the circumcision (new Convenant). That’s us, where there’s neither Jew nor Greek. Anonymous posted Scriptures proving it was the EARTH that was flooded, and God can do ANYTHING. “What do you do with this, as you probably believe you are still a sinner. “Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin, for His seed remaineth in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3: 9) That doesn’t mean we’ve been perfected, we are a work in progress and flesh and blood are corruption. It’s means He was the sin offering for what we are (marred vessels of clay, corrupt). He’s changing us from the old man Adam to the new man Christ, Christ wasn’t perfected until the third day! “Why are you calling me good? There are none good but God.” We are being made in His image, clay in the hand of the Potter. We will end up with a spiritual body like Christ perfected and void of all carnal pulls of the flesh. Until then, we will go through suffering as suffering leads to obedience…as He is so are we in this world.

    • Thank you, Jenn, for taking the time to comment. Yes, God can do anything–except lie and break His own word and law. Case in point: the law of harvest–“Seedtime and harvest…Each seed bears its own kind.” Noah and his wife Naamah absolutely could not have had come out of their loins all the myriad and diverse races in the earth. Black people and all their varied hues…the Native Americans…the Aboriginal peoples of Australia…the Chinese, the Malays, not to mention all of the other distinct races of Asia. There is just no way they could have had all of those literal races. You talked about imagining things! Please, Jenn. You have imagined that Noah’s three sons were three different races of people. And where did this come from? Someone in error told us when we were children that this was so. No, fundamentalism is in error, and yet I do not desire to argue anymore about it. Just ponder this: “Each seed bears its own kind,” and see if three races of people could come out of Noah’s three sons. One of the major race families will be left out: White, Black, Red…and the fourth, Yellow…It just does not add up. …Let God be true…kwh

  7. Nick

    I just wanted to say that I really appreciated your post here. I thought it was well reasoned and articulate. After much study and prayer, I have been led to the same conclusions. I think most Christians would agree with pretty much everything you have said here, or at least be open to the ideas and want to learn more. Its bizarre that the apologist websites that dominate internet searches (for example, see the first few pages of a google search on “Cain’s wife”), seem obsessed with convincing Christians that all humans are descended from Adam & Eve only, and that no other humans existed at the time. They will go as far as claiming that the first Adamic children committed incest with each other, & that God ordained this by giving early humans no alternative. They claim that the same God who denounced incest as an abomination, had it formally codified as evil for the Israelites, & convicted the conscience of virtually every society on the planet regarding its evil, had also forced the first humans to commit incest by design and necessity. I have read essays and comments which stated that to deny God’s support of early incest is to deny Christ and all Christian doctrine! In reality, the Bible never literally states any of what these “pro-incest” apologists are claiming, but nonetheless they attempt to add their incest interpretation to scripture, while rejecting attempts to interpret whats actually written in the text in a more thoughtful manner, as you have done above.
    After reading enough from the pro-incest camp, I’ve become convinced that they are basing their beliefs not on sound hermeneutics or conviction by the Holy Spirit, but instead on modern politically correct dogma about race and ethnicity. They are obsessed with the pro-incest point because what they really are trying to do push is a “monogenic” idea that despite all of the visual, scriptural, genetic, medical, anthropological, physiological, and other scientific evidence to the contrary, distinct races and ethnicities do not exist. This is such an important point for these apologists because they fanatically reject the rich diversity of races and cultures that God created on the planet. Instead, they are driven by a “Babelist” idea that God is somehow commanding Christians (specifically Christians from Western countries) to not preserve their heritage and culture, but instead to marry and adopt people from different cultural and racial backgrounds. Based on their writings, the goal seems to be the resurrection or recreation of their theorized original “one race” of human beings, by getting people of all backgrounds to intermarry, and by dissolving national boundaries and sovereignty. I have seen many evangelical churches where these practices are encouraged and promoted, almost always hand in hand with the same perverse scripture interpretations.

    • Nick, thank you for posting your comment. Your points could not have been said better nor clearer. It is one of the enemy’s deceptions as he uses the pulpit to force feed the sheep into this poisonous pabulum. It comes at us at a very early age, and when all the adults in our circle say the same thing in very solemn tones, what is the child supposed to do? And so upon adulthood the child now expounds the same false doctrines to the next generation. Christ, of course, warns of this “old leaven,” that it must be purged out…But that takes “a good and honest heart,” one that has a clean slate, one that “hungers and thirsts after righteousness,” one that wants what is right…That takes the spirit of the elect, who have to know the truth about it all…Nick, please visit and comment again. Love to hear from you…Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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