Evolutionists believe that Aboriginal people have inhabited Australia for an extensive period, ranging anywhere from 40,000 to 65,000 years. But Biblical genealogy offers us a different perspective.
On this episode of 20Twenty, John Mackay, founder of Creation Research, joined us to discuss the evidence he believes supports the idea that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are indeed descendants of Noah, and have been in Australia for approximately 4000 years.
Aboriginal history is interwoven with spiritual beliefs relating to their worldview, known as the Dreamtime. This concept encompasses creation stories, ancestral beings, and the interconnectedness of all living things.
‘In Western thought,’ says John, ‘history has a strict chronology. But no such concept exists in Aboriginal culture. It either now, or it’s the Dreamtime. There’s a lot of removing consciousness of time in Aboriginal-type culture.’
Western Christians are shaped in their thinking by Biblical genealogy that goes back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. That family genealogy forms the basis of our identity, but the chronology of our history also matters.
‘When we say Adam was a great ancestor,’ says John, ‘we couldn’t do that in current Aboriginal culture because any ancestor who has died is eliminated. They are no longer chronological in the sense that the Westerner understands.’
Today in Australia, many Aboriginal people are shaped by the Western thinking of chronology, while for others the Dreamtime thinking continues. Yet there is a correlation between the stories they tell and the story of Noah.
But there are also some questions around archaeological methods used to determine the age of cave paintings and Aboriginal artefacts. ‘You will find so much of what you are told doesn’t match the reality when you yourself get out there in the field,’ John says.
Listen to the rest of John’s interview on 20Twenty below: