Hello, and happy Monday, dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well. As you’ll recall, we’re in a new Creation series discussing the evolutionary perspective of mans creation in comparison to Gods Word. Today we’re going to look at what is thought to be the oldest ancestor, and some of the fossils found which are said to be precursors. Briefly, before we begin, I just want to remind you all that the paleontologists date these fossils based on the rock layers they are found it. Rock layers are dated based on the fossils found in them. In other words, the time scale given on fossils is purely arbitrary. We talked about dating methods last Monday, if you missed it you can check it out here.
Some mentionable, but clearly not human, fossil findings include Orrorin tugenensis, Ardipithecus, Australopithecus afarensis, to name a few. All of these, and the rest who are thrown into the family tree have been debated by secular scientists as to whether or not they were just extinct ape kinds. Even the famous Lucy has been removed from her high place, and is now said to be outside of the human lineage. The need to show some sort of missing link has driven many in the scientific community to ignore evidence, and even a few to hide or change it. There is, to date, absolutely no reason to scientifically claim we evolved from these extinct creatures. Many colorful fairytales have been written, but no observable, or repeatable, scientific facts have been found.
That being said, we do see in the fossil record upright, obviously human, people groups. The oldest is believed to be homo erectus, with some argument about whether or not ergaster should be separate or included. For the purpose of this post we’ll just assume the latter. The most frequently used claim to suggest erectus is different than Homo sapiens is the skull size. This is a problem throughout historical science, variations within the kinds. Without having been alive during the time the fossils were its impossible to say for sure why they had smaller skulls. However, what we do know is that the skulls we’ve found are well within the span of skull sizes seen in modern man.
The long story short is that homo erectus is a fully human people group, they differ from other people groups in the same way many of us differ today. Without any hard data, or scientific evidence, historical science has declared these fossils a completely different kind as other homo species. Due to this, they placed them on a timeline where there was a gap in their evolutionary lineage. With catastrophism on the rise, and many scientists turning their backs on Darwinian Evolution, it’s only a matter of time before the ages of these fossils are revised, again. The creationists of the future will have a far different debate on their hands then the ones we have now. Until then, though, we need to understand how flimsy this house of cards really is. From time to time we can use the articles, and the evidence, to introduce the Gospel to our friends, family, and co-workers by explaining Gods timeline.
Adam and Eve were created by God in a perfect world. They were disobedient and sinned against God, throwing our universe into a fallen place. Gods plan from the beginning was to redeem this fallen world, and His people. He did this by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Fully man, fully God, Jesus lived a sinless life, and yet died in our place so that we could be forgiven. What we see in the fossil record is death, disease, and decay. It’s not possible to combine the evolutionary worldview with Gods Word, they are incomparable, as God said His creation was very good. Death did not enter His creation until after Adam and Eve fell. I hope these posts help you, and encourage you, to share your faith with the lost who have bought into a bankrupt belief that everything came from nothing. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.