So, I've been thinking a lot lately about the chinks in my "spiritual armor" and my journey from JW to Atheist. I realize now it all started with a mastadon. I visited one of my favorite places, The Natural History Museum, where I stared contemplatively at LUCY. Even though I firmly believed she is definitely not a human ancestor, for some reason, I still feel almost a reverence while looking at this astounding discovery.
Around the corner is a mastadon. Fear speeds my heart a bit as I look up at this monster towering so high over my head. I imagine its trumpets vibrating the walls and rattling the atoms that pull together to make up my body. I look at Mammoth jaws and learn the difference between mastadon and mammoth. It's all in the teeth you see. And SABER TOOTH! I love me my FLINTSTONES.
But then I read how mammoths were hunted to extinction. Evidence of HUMANS hunting MAMMOTHS is right there in the fossil record. My mind sped as it made unwanted connections. WAIT, I thought. I wanted to turn back, but too late. I had always thought these animals were drowned in the flood! What about all those flash frozen mammoths that prove there was a flood? Weren't the elephants and regular tigers chosen as the representative "kinds" to be taken on the ark?
But, no, please let me go back. Still too late. The bible says HUMANS didn't eat meat before the flood. The climate was beautiful, so they didn't need heavy furs. Why would they have hunted the huge beasts? They would only have needed to hunt them after the flood--when the climate changed and they needed heavy fur for clothes and meat for food. And even if they did dress in skins, as did Adam and Eve, wouldn't they have chosen something just a bit more domesticated?
According to the flood account, humans would never have hunted mammoths. They were already DEAD when humans developed a need for such hunting. I walked back to my little LUCY. She really is small. I notice one of her toes are missing--one that was supposed to be there---and I wondered if they had sent it off to a fresh batch of white coats to examine in a stainless steel lab.
I have been searching through my WT CD for some "explanation". All I can find--over and over and over--is how flash frozen mammoths support the flood theory. I would love to read any comments you have. Any facts about mammoths, mastadons, and saber tooth tigers. AND ANY EXPLANATIONS the WT has given for these monsters. How do they explain HUMANS hunting them? I think they just don't mention it at all, because if the flood myth is true, humans did not hunt mammoths. Except, they did.