God gave us a guide to His creation in the form of the Bible. In it, He tells us truths about the world we live in and the reason we are here. At the end of the six days of creation, He says it was very good. The world has gone through many changes since Adam sinned against God in the Garden of Eden. And scientists continue to confirm the validity of the biblical account. In Archaeology, we find proof of names recorded in the Bible. In the geologic record we find evidence that proves a great, worldwide flood, and in our hearts we find proof of God’s love. Below scientists tell us they know where the true “Garden of Eden” is. As always, I have highlighted assumptions and guesses in Red and made comments in Blue.
Garden of Eden in Africa: Humanity’s first home traced to Botswana
A study provides a window into the first 100,000 years of the history of modern humans.
Tuesday 29 October 2019 11:31, UK
The real Garden Of Eden has been traced to the African nation of Botswana, according to a major study of DNA.
Scientists believe our ancestral homeland is south of the Zambezi River in the country’s north. (Right off the bat the word “believe” comes out. This demonstrates clearly how “Origins” scientists are playing a guessing game. It is impossible to know what happened in the past without a witness. We can interpret the data in numerous ways and come to different conclusions.)
The conclusion comes after the study of maternal genetic lineage of anatomically modern humans, finding it was closest to those living in the area, which includes northern Botswana, Namibia to the west and Zimbabwe to the east.
The area includes northern Botswana, Namibia to the west and Zimbabwe to the east
For 70,000 years, our ancestors thrived in the area before changes in climate turned what was Africa’s largest lake into what is now the Kalahari Desert. (I have to say something about Climate Change here. Climate change has been going on for 4300 years according to the Bible. After the fountains of the great deep opened up and the water began to fall from the skies, we have had changes in the climate. Creation scientists have theorized that the climate would have changed after the flood with wild swings in temperature leading to ice ages and interglacial periods. Evidence of these periods are seen in the geologic record. So when you hear someone cry about “Climate Change” and how we are causing it, you can reference this article. But God also says we are to be good stewards of the land. I believe there is a balance between the extremes.)
This forced the population to migrate elsewhere between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago.
It also sparked the development of their genetic, ethnic and cultural diversity, the researchers said.
The first group to the northeast, the second to the southwest and the third remained in the area. (It is interesting to me that this group concludes there were three groups going three directions. It reminds me of Genesis and Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth. The Bible tells us their lineages settled in three different locations.)
The southwest group, in contrast to the northeast group, seemed to do well, possibly because they were able to adapt to marine foraging.
The group that remained eventually adapted to the drier land and their maternal descendants can still be found in the Kalahari region today.
Professor Vanessa Hayes, from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and University of Sydney, and extraordinary professor at the University of Pretoria, led the study.
She said blood samples from volunteers in South Africa and Namibia allowed researchers to compare the DNA code – mitogenome – which she described as “like a time capsule of our ancestral mothers, accumulating changes slowly over generations”.
She added: “It has been clear for some time that anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. (We do not need to be ashamed to believe that God created the heavens and the earth about 6000 years ago. And with scientists flailing around taking wild guesses at just what happened 200 millenia ago by their reckoning, we certainly do not need to be ashamed to tell people that God created man in His image on Day 6 of the Creation Week.)
“What has been long debated is the exact location of this emergence and subsequent dispersal of our earliest ancestors.”
The study is published in the journal Nature.