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In Search of the Truth


The Origin of Man

 

 

Does this look like your family tree?

 

 Scripture:

Genesis 1:24, 26-28; 2:7; Psalm 139:14

 

A.   Genesis 1:24, 26-28; 2:7

 

           When contrasting Genesis 1:24 with 1:26, what is the major difference      

           between man and the animal kingdom?

           (None of the animals were made in God’s image.)

 

            (Contrast “after their kind” v. 24, with “in his own image” v. 26)

            The evolutionist says the first life came from matter and complex     

            chemicals, and that eventually evolved into man.  The Bible says God       

            took the lifeless dead chemicals and matter and formed it Himself into

            man, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and he became a            

            living soul (or, breathing creature).

 

B.   Psalm 139:14

 

            According to Psalm 139:14, is man here by accident for no purpose?

            (No, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.)

           

            In Psalm 139:14, the term “wonderfully made” is palah,  paw-law’.  This     

           word means: to distinguish (literally or figuratively):--put a difference, show  

           marvelous, separate, set apart, sever, make wonderfully.  Man is           

           separated, set apart, and made special.  Man is different than the rest of   

           the animal kingdom.

 

Two Worldviews:

Naturalistic: Man is a higher evolved animal.

Biblical: Man is separate from the animals and created in God's image.

 

 

I.     Do humans have rats, monkeys, and apes for ancestors?

 

            

 

            Textbook statements:

           

            “Primates:  monkeys, apes, humans …  Primates most likely evolved

            from small, insect-eating rodent-like mammals…”

            Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Biology – Visualizing Life, 1998, p. 213

            Grandpa what a long tail you have!

 

            “Primates, which includes prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans.”

            HOLT BIOLOGY, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006, Pg. 731

 

 

            New Fossil Find:  Ida

           

            "Missing Link" in human evolution?

            "This is the first link to all humans," Hurum, of the Natural History Museum

             in Oslo, Norway, said in a statement.  Ida represents 'the closest thing

             we can get to a direct ancestor."

 

                The lemur-like skeleton features primate-like characteristics, including

             grasping hands, opposable thumbs, clawless digits with nails, and

             relatively short limbs.

 

             "But there's a big gap in the fossil record from this time period, Richmond

              noted.  Researchers are unsure when and where the primate group that

              includes monkeys, apes, and humans split from the other group of primates

              that include lemurs."

 

              

 

             

 

             Lemurs actually came before the ape-like ancestor.  Ida is supposed

             to be more like humans than the apes that branched off after that?

             Don't try to make sence of that, it will only make sense if you are an

             evolutionist.

          

 

            “But all researchers agree on certain basic facts.  We know, for example,  

            that humans evolved from ancestors we share with other living primates     

            such as chimpanzees and apes.”

            Miller and Levine, Biology;  2000, p. 757

            (Let’s see boys and girls, how many lies can we find in this one      

            statement?)

 

            “About 30 million years ago, larger primates, such as monkeys and

             apes, evolved.  The earliest fossil apes that may be ancestral to

             both humans and modern apes…”

            HBJ  General Science 1989 p. 385

 

            “A famous British anatomist once suggested that the tarsier could be the  

            ancestor of man … skull sits on top of vertebral column…

            sight well developed… extensive use of front limbs… human…

            in habitual upright posture”

            Biology 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.       Evolutionists focus on similarities, and not differences.

  

“This evolutionary tree shows the close relationship between humans

 and apes.” 

Holt, Rinehart, Winston, Biology – Visualizing Life, 1998, p. 217

 

There are thousands of differences between humans and chimps!

Hands, feet, hair, brain, neck, back, hips, etc.

 

“Some human physical characteristics differ markedly from those of the    

chimpanzee, a modern ape.”

MODERN BIOLOGY, Holt, Rinehart & Winston,1999, Pg. 321

 

 

  III.   Similarities that are not found in evolutionary trees.       

 

1.    Human Cytochrome C is closest to a sunflower.

2.    Human eyes are closest to an octopus.

3.    Human blood specific gravity is closest to a rabbit and a pig.

4.    Human milk is closest to a donkey.

5.   If there were not strong genetic similarities between us and other

    organisms, we could only eat other humans. 

(This is very important for a food chain!)

 

 

IV.        Are chimpanzees our closest relatives?        

 

Evolutionists say: Humans are most closely

related to chimps with only a 5% difference in their DNA. 

 

“DNA sequences reveal our close kinship to chimpanzees”

“Genetics can also tell us how different groups of organisms are related

back through time.”

Glenco Biology, 1994

 

 

            Question:

            Since bananas share about 50% of their DNA with humans, does that    

            mean bananas are half human?” 

            Roger Patterson – Exposing Evolution, Pg 228

 

            Evolutionists say:

            It is inaccurate to say that humans evolved from apes.  We should say

            all apes and humans have a common ancestor.

 

           Question: 

           What did the ancestor look like if not like an ape?

           Roger Patterson – Exposing Evolution, Pg 228

 

 

Four things to consider about genetic similarities:

1.  A similarity is not an absolute indication of common ancestry (evolution), but certainly could be used to support a common designer.

2.  If human beings were entirely different from all other living things, would this indicate we were probably created by a common designer?  No!  We might think there were many creators.

3.  What would we eat if every other organism on earth were fundamentally different biochemically?  We couldn't digest them.  Genetic similarities allow us to have a food chain.

4.  Of all the animals, chimps are most like humans, so we would expect that their DNA would be most like human DNA.

 

 

V.    Facts about Cavemen 

 

“So simple even a caveman can do it.”

 

 

  Are there “missing links”?

 

 

    Fact # 1

    People have always lived in caves!

 

‘And Lot went up out of Zoar, and…dwelt in a cave, he and his two

daughters.”

Genesis 19:30

 

“…they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and

caves of the earth.”

Hebrews 11:38

 

 

Fact # 2

People still live in caves today. 

 

 

      After Noah’s flood, they didn’t have any houses left, but lots of        

      caves!

 

 

     Fact # 3

     Most so-called “missing links” fall into one of three categories:

 

 

     Category # 1     Completely human - no relation to apes.

 

Facts About Neanderthals:

Used jewelry, used musical instruments, did cave paintings capable          

of speech, buried their dead, brain capacity about 200cc, larger        

than modern humans.

 

“Detailed comparison of Neanderthal skeletal remains with those of modern humans have shown that there is nothing in Neanderthal anatomy that conclusively indicates locomotor, manipulative, intellectual, or linguistic abilities inferior to those of modern humans.”
Erik Trinkaus, “Hard Times Among the Neanderthals,” Natural History, 87:10, p. 58

 

Cro-magnon man was modern in every respect.  Why is he listed    

as a missing link?

 

 

 

 

Category # 2     Completely ape – no relation to humans.          

 

      Facts about “Lucy”:

     

1.    No similarity in appearance to humans

2.    Long arms are identical to chimpanzees

3.    Jaws are similar to chimpanzees

4.    Upper leg bone is similar to chimpanzees

5.    Lucy’s legs were very ape-like

6.    Brain size similar to chimpanzee

7.    Large back muscles for tree dwelling

 

 

Category # 3     Deliberate frauds or hoaxes.  

     

      Piltdown Man

      based on fossil specimens found by Charles Dawson near  

      Piltdown, England in 1912.  From 1912 to 1953 Piltdown Man      

      reigned supreme in our textbooks and museums.   Scores of books,           

      pamphlets and articles were published about Piltdown Man.       

     Piltdown Man is now recognized as one of the most spectacular     

     and longest enduring frauds in the history of modern science.

     Based on two small fragments of a human skull, and a small piece            

     of an ape’s jawbone, found some distance away.  The rest was          

     plaster of Paris and imagination.

    

 

      Nebraska Man

      Full examination results finally published in Scientific American,   

     Dec. 16, 1927.  Nebraska Man turned out to be neither an ape nor           

     a man. It actually turned out to be a pig!

 

     

 

      “Few sciences produce such abundant returns from so few fragments of fact as

      palaeontology.”

      Nigel I Lawkes, The Times (London), Sept 23, 1994

 

      “A five million year old piece of bone that was thought to be the      

       collarbone of a humanlike creature is actually part of a dolphin rib...        

      The problem with a lot of anthropologists is that they want so much   

       to find a hominid that any scrap of bone becomes a hominid bone.”

       Dr. Tim White (anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley) as           

       quoted by Ian Anderson in New Scientist, April 28, 1983, p. 199

 

      Ape-men have been deduced from bones which actually belonged           

      to: ALLIGATOR, HORSE, BEAR, ELEPHANT, DONKEY, and          

      DOLPHIN.

 

     

      “I wanted to get a human soul into this ape-like face, to indicate      

      something about where she was headed.”

      John Gurche, sculptor, National Geographic 189(3):96-117, March 1996

 

 

BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF FAITH

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

(Hebrews 11:1)

 

EVOLUTIONIST’S DEFINITION OF FAITH

Now faith is the substance of fossils hoped for, the evidence of links not seen.

 

There is a reason why they call them “missing” links!

 

“…the australopithecines known over the last several decades…are now

irrevocably removed from a place in the evolution of human bipedalism,

possibly from a place in a group any closer to humans than to African

apes and certainly from any place in the direct human lineage.”

Dr. Charles Oxnard, The Order of Man, Yale University Press, pg. 332.

 

One by one they have removed Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon Man, 

Homo Erectus, and Australopithecines from the human family tree. 

The more evidence they find, the more branches are removed from

the tree.  They better hope Al Gore doesn’t find out what they are doing;

we certainly can’t afford to lose any more trees.  We are almost down

to just the trunk now.

 

 

Why are they trying so hard to find a missing link?

It is the only way to get rid of God!

 

Where does the “Stone Age” fit into the Bible?

 

The people after the flood could not go to the hardware store to buy

a hammer or shovel.  There were no hardware stores!

 

The “Stone Age” was after the flood when they got off the ark and

faced a devastated world and some bad people were banished-driven

out from society.

 

“You are an animal and share a common heritage with earthworms.”

Biology: Visualizing Life Holt, 1994

 

“And God said, Let us make man in our image,… So God created man

in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female

created he them.”  Genesis 1:26-27

 

The Bible says God made us in His image.

 

Our God is not a monkey!