– You’ve heard it before. I know I have.
“Kids are different today…”
“Kids grow up faster today than they used to…”
“The world is different now…”
But is it true?
Recently I have delved in to Bible study (REAL Bible study). Yes, I am one of millions of people who has grown up in church without ever really studying my Bible. I’ve heard all the stories so why bother?
Well I’ll tell you why.
There is a whole wide world of difference between the “stories: we heard as kids and the full, honest, in-depth accounting of the lives of the people who lived in Bible times. I could give you a million examples but for the sake of time and sanity, I’ll stick with just the one.
If you read The Book from the very beginning, especially if you know a bit about past civilizations and extinct civilizations from a world history viewpoint, you will see that the people in the Bible are not very different from people today… maybe not different at all. Yes we have internet now and we carry around tiny computers in our pockets but the same sins still exist. We haven’t thought up anything different from the people of the past, we just see more of it up close and personal thanks to Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Instagram, MySpace, Facebook and too many online news outlets to mention.
Amazing that we have come so far in so many ways while, in so many other ways, we’re still in the exact same place as our ancestors.
So the question is: Are we forcing our children to grow up too quickly? And if we are, why?
– If you read what I wrote above, you’ll know that I do not believe this to be the case. Same world, same people, different toys…
Is it because children are so much more mature than they used to be?
– Certainly this is not the reason. If anything, people are more foolish than the people of the past. We certainly do stupid things at a much younger age than the people in the Bible (Granted this can’t be 100% substantiated since typically not a lot is mentioned about most people in those early days before they were 30… the age a man was considered a man in those days) but I feel certain that it can be compared to people from the Bible doing stupid things when they were 90 or 150 since they lived so much longer than we do today.
Or is it because we are beginning to feel our own mortality so much more clearly?
– If you read through the Bible, you will note that many of the main characters spoken of in the beginning – after the fall lived for 900+ years. This was not abnormal in those days. However, after the flood, Noah (and possibly his wife) was the last to reportedly live past the 900 year mark.
I don’t know why lifespans suddenly shortened after the flood. And I’m sure there are a thousand different theories. Perhaps it was as simple as the drastic changes on the Earth affecting the human body. Maybe it was all part of God’s plan.
It really doesn’t matter why.
What matters is that it happened. Everything changed on Earth after the flood, except the basic human nature of course.
God destroyed the world because man had become so wicked but what was the first thing Noah did after the flood? He grew himself a vineyard and got drunk.
What did he learn from the experience he had just been through?
Not much in my opinion.
So what can we learn from this?
Disclaimer: I have no control over the ads you may see below. I am sorry if any of the content is inappropriate.
God Bless You!