“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
Many cultures around the world have legends about creation and a great Flood that have been handed down from generations in the distant past. Most of these creation and Flood stories support the biblical story of creation and the Flood.
The Wallam Olum is the story of creation and the history of the Delaware Indians. It predates the coming of white people or Christianity to North America. The Delaware creation legend reveals an all-powerful creator, who began by creating an Earth without dry land and the heavens, including the sun, moon and stars. After dividing the waters from the land, he made all living things, including the first mother. This world was full of joy and had no sorrow until the snake brought wickedness. It concludes by saying that all this happened beyond the great ocean.
The Delaware story of the Flood begins with the world filled with evil because of the activity of the evil snake. While the Delaware legend blames the Flood on the snake, a few were saved through the Flood at an island called “Nana,” a name very similar to Noah.
While the Wallam Olum is not Genesis, the similarities with Genesis are too many and too exact to be accidental. Similar legends from all over the globe have the same or similar details that they, too, share with Genesis. This can only be explained by the fact that the Bible is accurate in describing how all cultures have shared this common history together.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, fill me and all believers with a greater concern and spirit of sacrifice to do what is needed to bring the good news of salvation to those who are without it. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Author: Paul A. Bartz
Ref: Branscome, Gary R. 1991. “The Delaware Indians and the creator.” Bible-Science Newsletter, May. p. 1. Photo: Big_Ark_in_Dordrecht_ by Ceinturion _CCA BySA 3.0
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