Friday, December 16, 2016

Genesis on Humans and Apes

Homo-Panhypothetical last common ancestor

Alice C. Linsley

In Genesis 1:11-25 we are told that God created the first creatures “according to their kinds" and this would include apes. However, the text never applies the term "kind" to humans who are made in the “image” of God. This indicates that humans are unique among Earth's creatures. The Bible rejects the theory that humans represent an evolutionary advancement over apes.

Much has been made of the genetic similarity between humans and apes, as if this proves they have common ancestry. The DNA code uses letters to specify the exact sequence of amino acids that are to be used to construct a protein. Human and chimp DNA align up to a point. The difference between the genetic code of apes and humans is the T (tau) or Cross.

Human: G-C-C-G-A-T-A-A-G-C-A-C
Chimp: G-C-C-G-A-G-A-A-G-C-A-C

Genesis does not speak of humans being "according to their own kind" because we are supposed to be imaging God and that reality is centrally and deeply planted in our genetic code.

The T is one of the oldest known marks made by humans and it always refers to what is above us: the heavens, the mountain top, the solar arc, and the Creator. The mark could represent human speculation about our origins, a matter far above our heads.

Related reading: Adam Versus Claims from Genetics by Vern S. Poythress; Genesis Has No Evolutionary Framework; Biblical Anthropologists Discuss Darwin; Early Written Signs; Symbols of Archaic Rock Shelters; Debunked Claims of the Ark's Discovery; The Cross and Reality

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