In recent years, reports have come in from explorers, anthropologists and archaeologists that suggest Paul was not exaggerating.
The early Christians carried the good news everywhere. Even their enemies conceded that they “turned the world upside down”.12 The apostle Paul could later write that the word had been taken “to every creature which is under heaven.”13
Some puzzling findings raise questions, such as, who was it that around the first century of our era went to the peoples of India, China, Japan, Tahiti, Peru, Brazil and North America?
Who went there and healed the sick, raised the dead, even walked across water, calmed storms with an uplifted hand, gathered around him little children, and taught the message of salvation — as so many independent traditions of isolated tribes insist?
One such historical tradition was reported by Dr. Buck of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Dr. Buck wrote Vikings of the Sunrise. He was a full-blooded Polynesian and a scholar of the past of his people.
He wrote of a man coming in a flotilla of three Roman-type ships from the direction of the Red Sea and anchoring off Tahiti. He indicated that the event could definitely be assigned to the first century of the Christian era, plus or minus some fifty years.
The account goes as follows:
To an island where men were fighting for the possession of the good land came three ships with giant sails like enormous birds with wings up-lifted, glowing goldenly in the dawn-light.
Suddenly frozen to immobility were the warriors as the ships moved around a jutting headland.
“What manner of monsters are these with the great wings?” “Perhaps they have come to devour the people!” Forgotten was the heat of the battle.
Friend and foe stood facing seaward, weapons clutched in paralyzed fingers, staring in wide-eyedwonder.
The ships’ oarsmen, whose paddles looked like a hundred centipede legs touching the water, rested now from their task of moving the giant monsters forward.
They saw the form of a man walking over the water, toward the shore. He was unlike their people, fair, with long, curly, light-brown hair and a beard. As he came up onto the wet sand, the warriors stared first at his garments, then into his eyes.
They were grey-green.
They saw him going among the injured and dying, whoarose from their pain to find themselves well of body as he
Small boats now left the Great Birds and brought other strangers to shore. After a short stay, these others departed, leaving this one man to remain with the natives.
Wakea, as they called him, learned Polynesian quickly. He visited the islands throughout the group, teaching them of the One God who ruled the heavens and whose law was based on love. They gave up war and the sacrifice of children. Finally, he departed in one of the Polynesian migration canoes in the direction of the Dawning (that is, eastward).
Similar racial memories have been found throughout the Americas, as well as in Asia.
There is good reason to believe that indeed, by the year 70, when Jerusalem fell, the good news had been taken to the remotest corners of the earth.
This was the seventh sign Yeshua foretold. “Then shall the end come,” he said. The end of the Jewish Temple, that is.
12. Acts 17:6
13. Colossians 1:23
Source: Taylor Hansen He Walked the Americas. Amherst, Wisconsin: Amherst
Press, 1963, pp.14-21,203,205,208