Where did the Indians come from?
As we all know, when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock they found that this ‘new’ land was already inhabited by a group of natives. Whoa! Maybe this ‘new’ land wasn’t so new after all. Those natives were obviously here long before Columbus ‘discovered’ America. So, who were these people? Where did they come from? How did they get over here? If we are to believe the Scriptures, the only people that survived the ‘great flood’ were Noah and his immediate family. Thus, according to the Bible, we are all descendents of Noah and his three sons. We all descended from that one little Middle Eastern family. That would necessarily include even those ‘native Americans’. So once again we ask, “How did they get over here?”
Could it be possible to find that answer in the Bible? If so, “where”? If we are to find that elusive answer, we will have to search the Genesis record with a fine toothed comb in order to find it. Let’s lay the groundwork starting at Genesis 1:10, “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, He called Seas (NKJV)”.Hang on to that definition of ‘Earth’. We will be referring to it several times.
Now we turn to the 11th chapter of Genesis, finding the earth is now well populated with people, all speaking the same language. It was during that era that they gathered as one people and built the infamous Tower of Babel to make a name for themselves. God was not pleased with their egotistical, grandiose plan and destroyed their tower and confused their tongues so they would be scattered across the ‘all the earth’.
Then, back to Genesis 10, often overlooked by the casual student because the entire chapter is mostly genealogy—who begat whom—boring…! But if we read the 5th verse, we find that the isles of the Gentiles were divided into their own lands, according to their tongues and families, forming individual nations; separated from one another by language barriers. We can evidently assume that at that time ‘all the earth’ was still contained within one super land mass separated into all these individual nations. Still in that boring chapter 10, if we fast forward to the 25th verse, we read that a guy named Eber had two sons, and “the name of one was Peleg, for in his days was the earth divided (KJV, italics mine)”. If we are to take that verse literally, that division, or break-up, resulted in the formation of several new continents and the eventual continental drift. That could indicate that the progenitors of the Indian nation, along with a group of unique animals called buffalo, could well have been isolated on one of the land masses that broke off and drifted to its current position on the planet.
That all may sound far fetched, and we might be inclined to blow off that little portion of Scripture, but the National Geographic Society has been gathering evidence that gives credence to that phenomenon. Early in the 20th century, a German scientist named Alfred Wegener published a controversial book, ‘The Origins of Continents and Oceans’, explaining his theory that all the continents had once been joined in a single supercontinent called Pangaea (which means “all lands” in Greek). He believed that Pandaea had eventually broken up forming new continental landmasses and were drifting apart across the planet. At first, other scientists didnt accept Wegener’s theories, but many now embrace the original single landmass and the subsequent continental drift theory. We now know that the continents rest on massive slabs of rock called tectonic plates and we know that these plates are constantly moving, rearranging and reshaping the earth’s landmasses. We see it in the perpetual growth of mountains, in earthquakes and volcanoes, and on the ocean floor. Just like us, the earth is constantly changing, from embryo to infancy, to adolescence, to puberty, to the everchanging stages of adulthood, and finally to the so-called golden years.
It’s interesting to note that a number of skeptics in natural science community have mostly deemed the first 10 chapters of Genesis to be no more than allegory, and should be considered as containing no actual truth. And yet, they are unwittingly and continually digging up evidence that proves the accuracy of the Biblical record. For those of us who believe the whole Bible, from the index to the maps, such findings are most gratifying. The first 10 chapters of the Genesis record still stands—even that ‘boring’ 10th chapter.
Another little verse might well apply here “[Till] heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18 KJV)”. To me, that says there are no superflous words in the Scriptures.
Where did the Indians come from?