Did humans descend from the apes?
The theory of evolution teaches that human ancestry reaches back billions of years to a point of singularity prior to the Big Bang. After that initial explosion, molecules allegedly organized into amino acids which became proteins which produced viruses, bacteria, single cell and multi-cell organisms. Eventually these became the fishes, reptiles, birds, and mammals, including monkeys, apes and finally human beings. Even though this scenario is highly improbable, evolutionists tirelessly pursue their agenda, fortified by their enthusiastic faith that paleontologists will, someday, uncover the “missing link” to finally substantiate their position.
Over the years evolutionists have uncovered a number of fossils which they claim provide snapshots to the evolutionary development of primates into modern humans. Typically, the discovery of a fossilized bone fragment is accompanied by imaginative drawings of ape-like creatures, international media coverage, and the hasty announcements that another human ancestor has been discovered. What we seldom hear in the popular press are the debates and subsequent retractions that eventually overturn the initial conjectures. The sequential lineup of the fossilized hominids changes often and dramatically.
The following are a few of those corrections:
Neandertal man: Long touted as an ape-man ancestor, is now understood as another variation of human beings. Scientists now say he would fit right in to today’s world.
Piltdown man: Textbooks claimed him as the missing link for 40 years before uncovering an embarrassing hoax.
Nebraska man: Imaginary ancestor drawn from a fossilized tooth, later discovered to be the tooth of a living Paraguayan pig.
Lucy: The hype of this incomplete skeleton (allegedly 3 million years) old has waned. Upon analysis of its structure, Lucy was alleged to have walked upright, even though its knee joint was found a mile away in a different stratum. It was very ape-like, resembling a pygmy chimpanzee.
Java and Peking Man: Classified with many others as Homo Erectus, these fossils fall within the human parameters of cranial size and skeletal structure. The bones have been found in the same strata as modern human remains, buried alongside stone tools and fire-starting implements.
Ardipithecus ramidus: Advocates of this so-called earliest man are still trying to justify the 4.4 million date assigned to a smattering of teeth and bone fragments recently found in Ethiopia. With little evidence for bipedalism (walking upright), they still claim this new find to be the earliest human, based on the thickness of tooth enamel and molar size. Skeptics speculate another pigmy chimp.
In all of these cases, evolutionists interpret their findings to match a pre-conceived idea of evolutionary human development. Engaged in forensic folly, these imaginative scientists can milk a research grant from the tiniest fossil, motivated by the anticipation of finding evidence to support the “religious” convictions of Darwinism.
The Bible tells us a completely different story about the origins of man. God made Adam out of the dust of the earth, breathing His life into him (Genesis 2:7). Eve He cloned from Adam’s side (Genesis 2:21-22). Both together, as male and female, are unique creations, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), possessing qualities of reason, volition and conscience to rule the earth as God’s vice-regents (Genesis 1:28; 2:8). They were placed in the Garden to keep it and care for it, a task of subduing the earth under the authority of the Creator God (Genesis 2:8). Their rebellion has plunged the earth into a cursed existence, reflecting only a shadow of its former glory.