There is an interesting link between religion and technology. One may not notice if he/she does not read the Holy Scriptures carefully. This article aims to point out one of the many instances where science and technology are found in the Bible.
Whenever we switch on the TV set for the latest in news or put the radio on for lovely tunes, we thank God for technology in the back of our minds. When we start our cars for work or grab a quick snack out of the freezer, we can’t imagine a world without technology.
Interesting enough, almost all the inventors who partook in the technological revolution of the world are seen as heroes. However, not all of them are listed in our text-books. In fact, the very first ones are rarely mentioned. At the cradle of creation, at the beginning of mankind, in the early years before we came to exist, that is when technology begun.
What better book to consult on such divinely accurate history than the book of the beginning itself, Genesis? We would analyse in detail, the very first invention (metal) and the brains behind it. In the end, the truth will speak for itself. Are Religion and Technology really that far apart?
When Adam and Eve disobeyed the LORD, the LORD said to man “You listened to your wife and ate the fruit which I told you not to eat. Because of what you have done, the ground will be under a curse. You will have to work hard all your life to make it produce enough food for you. It will produce weeds and thorns, and you will have to eat wild plants. You will have to work hard and sweat to make the soil produce anything, until you go back to the soil from which you were formed. You were made from soil, and you will become soil again.” Genesis 3:17-19 (Good News Bible).
This punishment was really a tough one as there were no tools for cultivating the land and harvesting the said plants. No wonder the LORD said “You will have to work hard and sweat to make the soil produce anything.”
Adam had to use his hands for both cultivation and harvesting.
Gradually, the earth population began to increase as they gave birth.
Ladies and gentlemen, as we all know, working hands without working tools pose quite a challenge, but the LORD being merciful, sent them a helper.
According to Genesis 4:22, “Zillah, the wife of Lamech, gave birth to Tubal Cain who made all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.”
This was the first recorded instance of making or using iron tools according to early history and the Bible. As the accounts prove, this invention was generations after the first man (Adam). Tubal Cain had identified the problem of his generation as they worked on their farms, cleared bushes for home-tents etc. With this problem in mind, he had attempted to ease their way of life not only by the custom Christian prayer, but by applying knowledge gained from God and nature.
The very basic definitions of technology involve the practical use of knowledge (science) to solve problems by making correct implementations to create better standards of living. Not everyone can make tools out of iron and bronze. You must be technologically inclined to be able to do this. This tells you that Tubal Cain was a man of technology. He was an inventor.
Being able to conceive an idea that tools could be manufactured from bronze and iron tells you the creativity and ingenuity of Tubal Cain. When we talk of creativity and ingenuity, we are talking of technology.
What did Tubal Cain use to obtain the iron and bronze from the earth during those days?
Where did he get the idea that fire can melt the bronze and iron so he could use it in making tools?
What did he use to set up fire hot enough to melt the iron and bronze during those days?
In which container or pot did he melt the bronze and iron ?
There is no doubt that Tubal Cain was a man of technology.
Fire, iron and bronze were already on earth before Tubal Cain was born but the people did not know how to combine them to get these tools.
Truly, Tubal Cain was a helper to the people of those days and we continue to benefit from his technology. We all know the importance of tools to mankind, don’t we?
This was the beginning of the metals industry and blacksmithing .
Also to get iron and bronze, you must first mine the raw material, which is iron ore, out of the earth. So mining took place before Tubal Cain obtained the iron ore. All these are technological skills, and even though such details flow from Bible pages many experts talk less about, the fact remains, Religion and Technology are not apart.
It is clear that technology is not new on earth. It has been with man for ages.
Whenever children of God are in difficult times, God sends them a redeemer to get them out of their troubles.
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