Friday, February 26, 2010 4:38:00 PM
There is another possible answer to bumbleBB's questions:
A couple of millenia ago, God starting watching Star Trek and decided that the Prime Directive was a good idea.
Or another answer:
God was the representative of an alien organisation that was conducting experiments on early humans or simply using them as slaves. Adam and Eve were the ones curious and intelligent enough to seek knowledge, which is what God was ordering humans not to seek, and fled the prison camp as a result. Nutjob prison camp guard dealing with what they regarded as inferior animals would explain a lot about the god of the OT.
Ugly answers, but they make sense.
Or, more being more charitable towards this god I don`t believe in anyway:
Reality is a testing ground to determine the balance of good and evil. Both sides agreed to not interfere with the stuff to be tested (i.e. us). Satan cheats, of course, but God doesn`t.
Friday, February 26, 2010 4:25:27 PM
Agreed Angillion...there is evidence of settling around the Nile at about 5000bc...that would be the beginning of Egyptian civilization, which I'm sure we`re all aware of happened for a long time BC. They had developed irrigation at about 3000bc, so it seems that settlement however rudimentary would have begun long before that.
It seems to have been widespread by 3000BC. For example, a village of well built stone houses with a sewerage system and flushing toilets (primitive but apparently functional) has been found in Britain and dated to 3200BC. A storm in 1850 uncovered it - who knows what else is still covered elsewhere? Britain is hardly a prime contender for earliest civilisation - the ultra-fertile flood plains of massive slow-moving rivers are the most logical place for the start of farming and thus settlement.
I was surprised to find that the oldest known city is in Turkey. I thought it would be in the Tigris-Euphrates area, in what was Mesopotamia.
Friday, February 26, 2010 3:04:40 AM
> Suicism > If the shoe were on the other foot you would have spammed me right now
Spammed? You mean banned? Not likely, keep it under your hat (this is a Yesterday post after all, hopefully won't get read much) but the only people I ban are:
1. Asiaspammers - perm. 2. Nasty words about certain orientations - temp. 3. Blatant racism - perm or temp depending on history.
But they, weird things happen at IAB all the time - just a few days ago we had a message from a certain member who wanted us to ban him/her, because he/she didn`t have the willpower to stay away from the site by him/herself. Chalk that one up in the `weird poop` ledger I say.