The Water (Part 3 of 3)

Approach to Valhalla (Painting by Carl Martin. United Starlines ship approaches the surprisingly mature planet Valhalla in the Castor system.)
Approach to Valhalla (Painting by Carl Martin. United Starlines ship approaches the surprisingly mature planet Valhalla in the Castor system.)

Part 3 of 3

Late yesterday, the "black egg" team achieved a major breakthrough. Not only did they find the controls for the spatial gate, but they also found the logs for that device. At this installation, the gate had been used three times—once about seventy thousand years ago and both of the remaining times about thirty thousand years ago. Each of the dates coincided with an incursion of life to this world—the last two with the second incursion.

Of the two later events, the first gate usage involved a portal deep within the oceans of Lavoisier and a matching gate shallow in the oceans of Earth. The pressure differential did the rest. The second gate usage involved a portal deep within the oceans of Earth and shallow in the seas of Lavoisier. The one other difference between the two events was that the gate on Earth was raised to sea level at the last moment, thus including the shallow water species now found in the oceans of Lavoisier.

I expect future expeditions will study the gate technology more closely so that humanity may make use of it. Everyone on board has been talking about what we can do with this powerful knowledge.

Earlier today, our philologist arrived at a preliminary translation of some of the terms. He did this with the help of our resident computer scientist. Humans were called "sons of the master." Neanderthals were "daughters most wicked" and their hybrid progeny were "children most wicked." The Jesuit immediately recognized the similarities to wording in Genesis 6, preceding the story of Noah's Flood.

It now seems clear that the early oxygenation of the atmosphere on Lavoisier was not for the benefit of the life which later made its way here. No, not its primary purpose. The chief reason for a sea with far less carbonic acid was so that it would mix well with the oceans of Earth without killing most of the life in our seas.

Then someone pointed out that the reigning scientific consensus concerning Homo neanderthalensis has that species dying out right at this gate event—28,000 BCE. This sent our priestly geologist into a frenzy of calculations. His results still have my head spinning.

Jesuits had long appreciated the fact that the literal Genesis did not match the reality of anthropology. Humanity has been around on Earth for well over two hundred thousand years, with some controversial findings pushing that figure closer to three hundred thousand. The literal reading of Genesis which pegs the first human (Adam) at about 4000 BCE remains nothing short of ludicrous. But with what we found on Lavoisier, our geologist wondered if the figures in Genesis might need a factor to rectify the difference between the Bible and reality. And he found it.

Genesis, he reasoned, talks so much about generations that the most likely factor would have to involve the length of a generation. At the beginning of the Flood story, our Jesuit found his first clue—that the years of man shall be 120 years. The geologist pointed out that in all of the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible—only one individual lived to exactly 120 years. Moses was his name and his first born traditionally marked his fortieth year—exactly one-third of his life. Calculating back from Moses, the geologist found the Flood date to be 27,970 BCE—close enough to be called a bulls-eye.

Planet Earth, Baja California (Painting by Carl Martin. Part of the Auriga constellation and Capella in the background. Psi-5 Aurigae remains off the top of the image.)
Planet Earth, Baja California (Painting by Carl Martin. Part of the Auriga constellation and Capella in the background. Psi-5 Aurigae remains off the top of the image.)

No doubt, our Jesuit is wondering why his God would use alien technology to perform the dirty work of Genesis 6. Are those aliens still around? If so, why haven't we found them? Have they been involved in human affairs since the Flood? Could the seemingly absurd stories of alien abductions have been their attempts to help humanity or some higher power? Our priestly geologist seems to think everything leads back to one purpose—the spiritual awakening of each one of us.

That Noah's Flood may have been real will take some time to settle into this non-religious brain. And I have no idea about spiritual anything.

Could this great, artificial flood have saved the future of human civilization—an institution required before spiritual awakening would be possible? The hybrid children of Neanderthals seemed poorly equipped to understand the need or the design of what was to become humanity's greatest achievement. And so, it seems, the target of the biblical flood was a corruption of flesh at a deeply genetic level, and a wickedness which, afterward, could never again be repeated by man. The water had done its job well.

Touch the Stars: Emergence
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aguasilver 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Liking it more each episode, keep digging and I will keep enjoying!

John


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi John. Glad you liked it. I hadn't thought to add more. I got to my originally intended punchline (that proof of Noah's Flood may be out there) and decided to let it end there.

I'm happy to continue if something new comes to mind. Right now, it stands as a short story -- inspired by a non-fiction book on which I'm working, "The Bible's Hidden Wisdom."

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