Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Secrets of Ancient Man

Hello from the Ancient Man Team!

We realize that our online presence has been rather lacking for quite some time - but we are not gone! In fact, in the months of our absence, we have been hard at work! Our new book, the fruit of much labor, meetings, prayer, research, writing, editing, rewriting, more prayer, and more meetings, is about to be released!

Secrets of Ancient man, Ancient man, rebellion, ruins, cover

We are so excited about this next installment in the Ancient Man story. In the new book, you will find lots of intriguing and fascinating info about ancient cultures, cities, people and artifacts - all the things you loved about Genius. We've added more detail and more depth and some of our favorite evidences of God's design. Secrets is set up chronologically so that you can trace the history of ancient times more clearly as civilizations rose and fell throughout time.

But where Genius sought to defend the intelligence of Ancient Man and combat the secular evolutionary paradigm of slow progress - the main focus of this new book is different. In Secrets we focus on tracing the rebellion of ancient man - their desire to "make a name" for themselves as we see clearly in the account of Babel (Genesis 11). Join us again as we travel through time and immerse ourselves in the ancient cultures, seeking to discern the motivating factors and philosophical worldview that led the ancient people to worship, live, build, conquer, and create. We think you will find that ancient man has much in common with present-day man when it comes down to the heart, attitudes, and goals of life.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:
Knowledge. Wisdom. Understanding. Mankind yearns for these. We find ourselves enthralled with secrets, mysteries, and riddles. Man is seduced by the unknown and enticed by the offer of revelation. Perhaps this is why we pursue science so passionately and we seek desperately to unearth the remnants of our ancestors. It is seen in our religions, literature, philosophy and art. It is evidenced by our exploration of earth, the moon, and deep space. We have this innate impression that there is something we don’t know, something important that we must discover, something more to life than this.
God created mankind as finite beings, but Adam and Eve originally had a close relationship with the infinite Creator! He was the source of all the knowledge that they had; He was the lawgiver and provider of their needs. Yet an unavoidable characteristic of finite beings is ignorance. To be finite is to lack understanding and information that the infinite, by definition, must have. And to be finite is to be always learning more and adding to what knowledge has been acquired. God created mankind to desire knowledge and with the capability to obtain it, but He also created us to trust Him, and to trust that He has provided us with all we need to know.
For Adam and Eve, even while living in the splendor of God’s undefiled creation, even with the opportunity of talking to the infinite God, Satan was able use their finiteness to tempt them with knowledge that they didn’t have. Satan offered god-like status simply through acquiring knowledge – they would be like their Creator if only they knew more.
They were confronted with the reality of their own limited knowledge in contrast to the all-knowing mind of God. Perhaps some part of them was offended that God was withholding something from them. Perhaps their pride told them that they deserved to be equal with God. Perhaps it was just the human fascination with the mysterious unknown, the “what ifs” and the “why nots” that we all ache to answer. Satan made them the offer, a way to get beyond their mere humanity, the opportunity was right there in front of them. Reach out, taste, and know...
Ever since, Satan has been offering, tempting, and luring mankind to fulfill their desire to know. Yet the result of his offer never satisfies. It leaves us feeling even emptier than ever and more desperate to find the answers.
We have discovered that when you study the ancient cultures, you can see this desperation to find answers, to discover the unknown, to take Satan's offer and become "like God" throughout the centuries of time - right up to present day.

So we invite you to jump in again, search through the ruins, and discover The Secrets of Ancient Man.

Pre-order your copy from Amazon or Answers in Genesis today! Official release date is November 2.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hunab Ku: Were the Mayans Monotheistic?

By Bethany Youngblood

Introduction to Hunab Ku

Hunab Ku is a Maya deity whose name means "The Only God".[1] It seems strange to find such a thing in the Maya pantheon, but there it is. Is this monotheism? Did the Maya have a belief in an all-knowing creator god? Could this be the trump-card example for ancient knowledge of God within the Maya civilization? There are so many opinions out there about what Hunab Ku was, but what are the facts? What are Christians supposed to make of it?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snapshots of Serpent Deities: The Water Serpent

By Bethany Youngblood

(Wikimedia commons)

For the Tewa Indians living near the Rio Grande in New Mexico, as well as other Pueblo people of North America, the “mythical” Avanyu was believed to be a very powerful god. According to their ancient religion, this deity can supposedly cause both earthly and supernatural events. Like other serpent deities of ancient North America, the beliefs about Avanyu seem to be similar to those found in Meso-America, leading many archaeologists to lump them together under the same term: “Feathered Serpent”.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Ancient Island of Malta

By Analea Styles
In a short account in Acts, wedged between his shipwreck and arrival in Rome, we find Paul and his company on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea (Acts 28:1-10). The brief story describes the unusual kindness of the native people towards the shipwrecked survivors. It is on this island that Paul is bitten by a viper and yet suffers no harm, causing the natives to think him a god.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Snapshots of Serpent Deities:The Feathered Serpent

By Bethany Youngblood


Known as “Quetzalcoatl”, “Kulkulcan”, and “Viracocha”, this serpent deity was venerated by the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, and even the Inca. As mentioned in our blog post “Serpent Sanctuary”, many names have been used for this deity, but we know it collectively as the “Feathered Serpent” of Meso-America.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Serpent Sanctuary

By Bethany Youngblood

Wikimedia Commons

Cultural similarities are one of the most intriguing aspects of ancient man to study. Common structures such as pyramids, mounds, and stone monuments can be found all over the world; the same goes for artistic talents and technological works of genius. Naturally we find similarities among religions and beliefs as well.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who were our Human Ancestors?

by Brian Mariani
Model of Neanderthal Man, at one time thought to be human ancestors
Were our early ancestors ape-like creatures and dumb cavemen or were they fully formed human beings created intelligently? Why do people think humans evolved from animals?

While an evolutionist would defend the ape-to-human evolution paradigm, citing various pieces of “evidence” throughout history and describing multiple transitional species along the long journey to homo sapiens, we believe that the correct interpretation of Scripture rules out all that conjecture.