by Jonathan Grey • June 22, 2014
Did you know that a poster of the new Europe portrays the ancient Tower of Babel, with the slogan, “Many Tongues, One Voice”? I was quietly pondering that when my wife Josephine asked, “What was the very first human tongue?
I looked up. “You mean, what was the very first human language?”
“Yes,” she replied. “Or do you have any idea what is our closest modern language to the original, First Tongue?”
A fascinating question, don’t you think? Would you like to know? As an archaeologist, I believe the answer has now been discovered. Out in the remote canyons of the Pergatoire River, just south of La Junta, Colorado, researcher Gary Vey was examining some very old petroglyphics.
The amazing thing was that these ancient alphabetic symbols were virtually identical to others found in the Negev desert of Israel, in South Australia, in Yemen, in Chile and in the British Isles!
On six continents, the ancient language symbols were virtually the same. After numerous deciphering attempts, translations were eventually made with success through an old Hebrew dialect. The Colorado alphabet consisted of 22 basic, distinct geometric shapes and some variations. Vey has termed it “The First Tongue”.
Translations of similar petroglyphs by another team in Australia proved that they originated with the same root culture and ascribed to the same rules of grammar and symbols.
Likewise with the petroglyphs in Israel’s Negev desert, documented by Dr James Harris, during the Harvard expedition in 1994. These, along with those on other continents, hinted at an original common language.
ONLY ONE GLOBAL LANGUAGE AT FIRST
If we were to trace the footsteps of the first migration wave, we would discover that it has left its traces in just ONE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. This fact that the whole world once spoke the same language survives in the racial memory of many peoples.
A fragmentary Sumerian tablet copied by the Oxford cuneiformist Oliver Gurney speaks of a time when “the whole universe” spoke “in one tongue.”
The epic myth of Enmerker and the Lord of Araita, published by Professor S.N. Kramer, of the University of Pennsylvania, records that all mankind spoke one and the same language until Enki, the Sumerian god of wisdom, confounded their speech.
The idea that there was a time when all men spoke the same language is found also in ancient Egyptian and Indian writings. Likewise, the Popul Vuh, a book of the Central American Maya, records that “those who gazed at the rising of the sun [the ancestors who formerly lived eastward of the Americas]… had but one language…before going west.”
These testimonies support the biblical book of Genesis statement that “all the earth was of one language, and of one speech.”
SUDDEN CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES
Numerous ancient traditions concur that:
- (a) Everyone spoke a single language at first.
- (b) The various languages did not arise capriciously, independently.
- (c) In a single dramatic event the one original language became suddenly confused.
- (d) Then from one central point the people were scattered to the ends of the earth.
Interestingly, all three branches of the human race recall this.
Various peoples, such as the Mexicans, the Chaldeans, the Hindus, the Greeks, the Chiapa of the Americas, Australian Aboriginal tribes, and the Fijians, to name a few, were discovered with a tradition concerning this event in which each tribe received a new language.
So evidently, this is not just some biblical fairytale. This ancient event has been burnt into the racial memory of mankind as a whole.
LANGUAGE DID NOT JUST “EVOLVE”
Were you aware that no society is known at any point in history which did not have a fully developed language? (“Encyclopaedia Brittanica”, 15th ed., Macrop., vol.19, p.1033).
We find NO EVIDENCE for any kind of evolutionary development of language. The fact is, evolution cannot in any meaningful manner account for one language, much less hundreds of languages.
In any case, who had time to formulate grammar when we were all supposedly running around simply trying to survive the next few minutes of life? I have lived with jungle savages. And did you know that the most primitive tribes possess the most sophisticated languages?
THE FIRST RELIGION?
Would you like to know what the original religion of planet earth was? Or what is the closest modern day religion to the original? Here, again, archaeology comes to the rescue.
IS THE “ONE GOD” IDEA THE RESULT OF EVOLUTION?
Have you ever heard it said that religion just evolved? Or that man’s thinking has evolved gradually from magic, to religion, to science? That from an initial primitive worship of many gods, religion evolved to the idea of just one God (monotheism)? Has anyone ever told you that?
Let’s face it, you’ll hear it today in many places of learning. Well, we’ve been had! And all so as to get the evolution theory accepted. Well, wouldn’t you rather know the truth? Then here it is.
There is not a shred of evidence for this supposed progression from magic, to religion, to science. On the contrary, archaeology shows us there was science from the very start of human presence on earth. That’s the opposite from what the evolution theory predicted.
SAME CULTURE AND SAME RELIGION ORIGINALLY
So what is the truth about religion? Well, you’ll recall that researchers on six continents have been discovering script in mankind’s “First Tongue”. And that the content of the translations, although not complete, suggests a single culture and religious belief system, worldwide.
MONOTHEISM AT FIRST
But the evidence goes further than that. Two common petroglyphs represent the names of deity – “EL” and “YAH”. “EL” represents the abstract form of deity – that which cannot be comprehended by man, while “YAH” is the Creator.
Both concepts represent a single deity – One God – but recognise the aspects of “knowable” and “unknowable” deity. A successful translation has been made of the entire top row of the Colorado inscriptions, reading, “YARE HA EL”, or “PRAISE THE LORD”.
This indicates a monotheistic religious belief at that early time when there was still a global language. It hints at an original faith inherited from the earliest ancestors.
The evidence shows that MONOtheism lay at the root of all religions. And this continued until shortly after 2000 BC – when monotheism began to degenerate into pantheism, polytheism and animism. Careful archaeologists and historians (Horn, Faber, Rawlinson, Waddell and Budge, to name a few) insist, from their discoveries, that the earliest Sumerians, Iranians, Phoenicians, Egyptians and Indians were monotheists. Those early civilizations recognised supremely one only God.
They knew also that there was an original prophecy that although man had messed up himself and the planet, and could not get himself out of the mess, the Creator would ultimately send a Rescuer to cure all ills.
ALL NATIONS AWAITED HIM
This, the world’s oldest prophecy, which our first parents claimed was given to them, was handed down to all their descendants – the prophecy of a coming Deliverer, no less.
Among the ancient Babylonians, Persians, Chinese, Hindus, Germans, British, Romans, Egyptians and others, there was an expectation that this Great One was coming to cure all ills. The Roman historian Tacitus refers to this expectation among the nations. (Tacitus, Histories, v.13. Suetonius, “Vespasian, iv)
Dupuis, in L’Origine des Cultus, has collected a vast number of traditions prevalent in all nations concerning a divine person, born of a virgin – that is, without an earthly father.
He would come from heaven for the purpose of delivering mankind. He would lay down his life once for all, but rising to life again would ultimately bring a new world. This prophecy appears to be as old as the human race.
Notice how an ancient poet contemplated this prophecy:
*A golden progeny from heaven descends,
O chaste Lucinda! speed the mother’s pains,
And haste the glorious birth! …virtue shall restore,
And crimes shall threat the guilty world no more…
The warring nations he in peace shall bind,
And with paternal virtues rule mankind.
And here are the words of another poet of old:
* Hail, great Physician of the world! all hail!
Hail, mighty Infant, who, in years to come,
Shall heal the nations and defraud the tomb!…
Thy daring art shall animate the dead,
And draw the thunder on Thy guilty head;
For Thou shalt die, but from the dark abode
Rise up victorious, and be twice a God!
* The Babylonians and Persians expected a king-redeemer and hero-sage, who would establish a new age of happiness.
* The Chinese also believed that a great wise man would appear.
* The Hindus believed that the supreme God would reveal himself to humans and that ultimately would come a new world.
* The ancient Germans looked forward to the renewal of the present world.
* The Druids of Britain expected the coming of the “Curer of all ills.”
* Likewise, in the earliest Egyptian texts are found prophecies proclaiming the coming of this Savior of the human race – prophecies that were already ancient. In these Egyptian texts we are brought face to face with prophecies concerning a Messiah who was to come.
It was held that “the teacher awaited since the creation of the world” had not yet been manifested on earth. His coming was to end in his sacrifice and bring about the regeneration of mankind. The ancient Egyptian messianic prophecies refer to the Messiah as “The Lord of Death and Resurrection”.
In course of time these prophecies of the Messiah became paganised by the substitution of Osiris (the god of Vegetational Decay and Regeneration) and other deities. Osiris then usurped the attributes and functions of the promised Messiah that had been known in earlier Egyptian prophecy.
Only in the late Egyptian literature (from late in the 18th and early in the 19th Dynasty) did Osiris and other gods usurp the functions and attributes of the Promised One.
That was after religious degeneration had set in well and truly. But originally, the position of Osiris was not messianic. Osiris was at first no more than an allegorical figurehead, a patron of corn, a personification of the agricultural seasons. (Stewart The Witness of the Great Pyramid, 1928, pp. 64,65)
Much, much later he became “a god who had been originally a mortal and had risen from the dead.” (E.A. Wallis Budge, The Book of the Dead. London: British Museum Publications, 1920) And only then were the added attributes of the Promised One given to him.
Noted archaeologist Professor Budge points out:
“The beliefs which were conceived by the Egyptians in their lowest states of civilization were mingled with those which reveal the existence of high spiritual conceptions [at first].” (Budge The Gods of the Egyptians, 1969 Vol. I, p.32)
PURER FAITH AT THE BEGINNING
Although modern Hinduism recognises a multitude of gods (possessing different influences on human affairs), yet the Indian sacred books show that originally it had been far otherwise.
Speaking of the Supreme God (known in their language as Brahm):
* Of Him whose glory is so great, there is no image. (Veda)
* [He] illumines all, delights all, whence all proceeded; that by
which they live when born, and that to which all must return.
* He whom the mind alone can perceive; whose essence eludes the external organs, who has no visible parts, who exists from eternity…. The soul of all beings, whom no being can comprehend. (Institutes of Menu)
In these passages there is a trace of pantheism beginning to emerge, but the very language employed bears testimony to the existence among the Hindus at one period of a far purer faith. Brahm (the one infinite and eternal God) is just the original Hebrew Rahm – with the ‘b’ prefixed, which is very frequent in Sanskrit words derived from Hebrew or Chaldee.
The Hebrew Rahm means “the merciful, or compassionate One”. But Rahm also means “the Womb”, or “the Bowels” as the seat of compassion. Now we find such language applied to Brahm, as cannot be accounted for, except by realising that Brahm had the very same meaning as the Hebrew Rahm.
Thus we find the god Krishna, in one of the Hindu sacred books (when asserting his high dignity as a divinity, and his identity with the Supreme) using these words:
“The great Brahm is my Womb, and in it I place my foetus, and from it is the procreation of all nature. The great Brahm is the Womb of all the various forms which are conceived in every natural womb.”
It is very clear that Brahm comes from Rahm which means Womb or
Merciful One. Brahm is just the same as Er-Rahman (“the all-merciful
One”), a title applied by the Turks to the Most High.
Thus the Hindus, despite the deterioration of understanding seen today, once knew the Creator as “the God of mercy”, that is, “a just God and a rescuer”.
He was also called in India “the victim-man”. (And among the Buddhists he was commonly addressed as “Savior of the world”. (Mahawanso, xxxi “apud”. Pococke’s India in Greece, p. 185)
Furthermore, the meaning of Deva (the generic name for “God” in India) is similar. Deva originally came from the Chaldean Thav (“Good”).
Thav is also legitimately pronounced Thev and in the emphatic form is Theva or Thevo (“the Good”). “Th” is frequently pronounced “Dh”. Hence Deva.
The “v” is frequently dropped (just as “novus” in Latin is “neos” in Greek). Dheva, or Theva, or Thevo becomes Deva. It also becomes Deo or Devs” (“God” in Latin) and Theos (“God” in <Greek), or Theo-s or Thevo-s.
This reflects the passage in the Bible that says, “There is none good but One, that is God [Theos – the Good].” (Matthew 19:17)
GRADUAL INCREASE IN GODS
Ancient textual evidence shows that the trend was to increase the number of gods as time passed, rather than decrease them. (Siegfried H. Horn, Records of the Past Illuminate the Bible, 1975, p. 12)
It was only the later nations who were POLYtheists (worshipping many gods). As an example of how far this trend has developed over the past 4,000 years, it is calculated that today the Hindu religion has 600,000 gods. Now, are you ready for this? The story is fascinating.
Something BIG occurred – and so earth-shaking, that highly civilized people who believed in one great God – the Creator – radically changed their thinking so as to venerate planets, cats, hawks, snakes and beetles. What spectacular event brought this about?
And how could an original, healthy, beneficent religious system degenerate into practices such as human sacrifice?