Foreword to Methuselah’s Father by Dr. John D. Morris
The Bible gives us precious little in the way of details describing the fascinating pre-Flood times. We know that individuals lived to great ages. We also know that they were able to work metal, enjoyed music and poetry, and employed both agriculture and animal husbandry. Some lived in cities, some were pastoral.
All of the families we are told of had at least five children, with the age of the father ranging from sixty to five hundred. Perhaps the population grew rapidly. Some even had more than one wife.
The descriptions of the climate and hydrologic cycle reveal a world rather different from ours, and exceedingly favorable to life. We can learn from the fossil record of its plants and animals, that it was generally warmer with conditions supporting lush vegetation. Water was abundant and storms were essentially nonexistent. The ground was fertile and probably yielded its increase with minimal difficulty.
But this was not Eden. Adam and Eve had been banished from the Garden when they rebelled against God’s authority. An angel guarded its entrance, forbidding any return. Without direct contact with the Creator, mankind soon degenerated into gross immorality. Murders followed, so did abandonment of the marriage covenant. Individuals were totally interested in selfish gain and wanton pleasure. Violence reigned throughout the Earth.
Some retained a knowledge of God, as seen by names chosen for their children, but only a small minority are said to have followed Him, and preached of Him to others. When judgment finally came, only eight true believers were left.
And so, that civilization is gone. Nearly all traces of it perished in the Flood waters. Only Noah and his immediate family accepted God’s gracious gift of safety and lived to repopulate the world.
Who were these people, really? They must have been fascinating, highly capable individuals. Perhaps they were brilliant intellects, with strong bodies and good minds. Certainly their centuries of growth and health resulted in continued learning. Only in our recent technological age could modern engineers duplicate a ship the size of Noah’s Ark, or even the monumental accomplishments of Noah’s early post-Flood descendants.
They were people, just like us, or nearly so. They had marriage problems, injuries, rebellious kids, and business reversals. They had heartache and disease and disappointments. But they also knew joy and love and success.
How can we know them better? We can’t, at least in this life. All we can do is imagine, moderating our imagination by the constraints of Scripture.
Or we can read The Methuselah Chronicles, written by Terry Lee Hamilton. His stories of Methuselah, his kin, and their experiences are fascinating and will carry your imagination along. Things may have happened just this way. We can appreciate not only Mr. Hamilton’s imagination, but also his storytelling ability. I especially appreciate the way Scriptural concepts are interwoven into the story. Mr. Hamilton uses the very words of Scripture to teach truth.
As I write this Foreword, I have only read the first two books of the seven-book series of The Methuselah Chronicles. I read them to my kids, and they loved them as much as I. All of us are waiting for the succeeding volumes. We want to know — What happened to Crista?
Dr. John D. Morris, President
Institute of Creation Research