G_Force saidScientists believe that this water canopy could have provided protection against long-range radiation from the sun. This canopy in turn could have resulted in preserving the protective ozone layer which scientists fear the earth is losing, with holes in the ozone layer over the South Pole. Therefore it is believed that if the harmful radiation were kept from the earth in pre-flood times by the water canopy and by a greater ozone canopy, better health, longer life span, and perhaps greater size of pre-flood creatures could be expected. The entire earth as it was originally created was such that men would live forever without sicknes, disease and death. No doubt greater radiation amount plus other factors with which God cursed the earth have resulted in gradual deterioration of mankind and decreasing length of life.
Which scientists exactly?
ROFL. A fucking water canopy? You know what that would've resulted in? Hell. A frozen world of perpetual thunderstorms.
Here's a fun fact: Solar radiation reaching the Earth was actually far greater in the earlier times. Because the atmosphere composition wasn't the same as today. It was mostly carbon dioxide. Trapping heat very effectively indeed. Don't believe me? Take a trip to Venus sometime.
And what makes you think that having water magically present in the upper atmosphere increases the ozone layer? There is already water up there, and it's called CLOUDS. The blue thingie that ancient people once thought was another ocean is an optical illusion. Or did astronauts actually pass through the Sky Ocean once? Maybe they even hit a few unfortunate cherubim with their rockets eh?
G_Force saidAnd what gives you proof of any of the things you say about this? You are wildly speculating about all of this.
Uhuh. Did you even bother to check out the things I said? Or was it too long for your simple brain?
Dionysus the Areopagite for example, was once mistaken with Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite simply because they had the same name and one of them actually took pains to pretend to be the first Dionysus the Areopagite. So cleverly in fact that for centuries people thought they were the same person, despite the first Dionysus having lived centuries before the fake Dionysus.
Archeological evidence is pretty clear. You can read over the hundreds of thousands of books, articles, papers, etc. on the oldest remnants of civilization - that is - CITIES. You'll find out that man only started to build cities about 12,000 years ago. If one of your beloved patriarchs actually lived to close to a thousand years why don't we find evidence of it? Even just a passing mention is enough. Yet, there's nothing. Not a single fucking thing.
You even admitted even the twin towers would leave SOMETHING for future generations to discover. Adam and his fantastically longlived ancestors left NOTHING.
Heck, if they lived for a thousand years, they'd have airplanes by then. A thousand years of continuous accretion of knowledge begets wise men. So wise, we'd have technological wonders back in those days. Heck, they'd have a whole different outlook in life, a different culture. Almost inhuman. But no, all we get are mud huts.
As for birthdays, do you ever get out of your little american town like... ever?
Let me enumerate some weird ways of different cultures to count age:
Serbian/Russian: Age is counted with the exception of the current year. So a guy on his 43rd birthday would be said to be 42 years old.
Major eastern asian nations (Japan, China, Korea, etc.) count age as beginning from your first birthday and not from childbirth. And the 'birthday' actually is celebrated and counted in the NEW YEAR. Not on the date they were born.
The Maori measured years in the time when plants bore fruit.
In Eastern Outer Mongolia, age is counted for girls on the number of full moons since they were born. For boys, the number of new moons. Not on the year.
Measuring age by months was a system that was once common in primitive cultures in climates that had no seasons (no winter). The remnants of this practice is still evident in the fortune tellers and zodiac signs.In fact, the earliest method to measure time by ancient societies was by LUNAR CALENDARS
from archeological evidence. The only relatively accurate methods of measuring a year was never mesopotamian at all, but Mayan, and they counted their years by the position of the stars. Not by seasons, nor by moons.
The lunisolar calendar that we use now was only formalized and imposed by Julius Caesar after numerous changes (including the addition of new months). Which is why 'December' (which actually means 'The Tenth Month') is now actually the twelfth.
Here's the clincher:
Read about the wonderfully convoluted method of determining time by ancient Hebrews:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar
Where the start of the month is determined arbitrarily and they repeatedly borrowed from neighboring cultures, including Egyptian and Babylonian calendars.
Oh and in case of floods. Plenty. They'd actually preserve records easier. Especially the medium ancient mesopotamians used - baked clay tablets. Forty days and forty nights isn't enough to obliterate everything. Heck, try diving down to the Titanic someday.
What's especially hilarious is you accusing me of wildly speculating and demanding proof. As if you even gave any yourself. And you even tried to pose a scientific explanation for a phenomena that was never even proved to be scientific in the first place.
Just read your bible, leave the thinking to people who can actually think.