Were we not always taught that the great pyramids of Giza were burial tombs? A friend told me about a show he saw that surmised that the massive “funerary” structures were actually gigantic hydraulic pumps. The theory is the subject of many new videos and explains physical evidence such as water erosion on the ceilings of chambers within the pyramids. Yet there is more: the acoustic properties of the particular stones, the engineering, and evidence of chemical explosions and high heat, all suggest that the pump generated an electric pulse. For agriculture? For energy? Physicists, mathematicians, and many others are busy working on these questions.
Does changing our concept of the pyramids from tombs to machines affect our faith? That might depend on our view of ancient peoples. If you watched Charlton Heston in Exodus growing up, as I did, it’s hard to imagine anything but long lines of slaves towing huge stones. Impressive, but primitive.
What about Abram being called out of Ur? Does it matter whether you picture Ur as an unimportant, dusty little town, or a technologically advanced power capital?
I believe it does matter. If our idea of the kingdom of God lingers on shepherd cloaks and quiet manger scenes, we miss the potency of God’s imminent voice calling us, calling us in the very midst of machines, commerce, tremendous activity. He called upon the fathers of the faith in times we too quickly dismiss as simplistic. “Maybe it was easier for them…there wasn’t much going on!” Actually, I wonder if we could have kept up.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, and remember our fathers in the faith, we should challenge ourselves and our children to boldly follow Christ, to study wisdom, to exercise dominion, to look up at the vast machines and say, “My God is yet stronger and He is the Lord of Lords!”