ORIGIN OF MAN
If you like titles, you might try the following for this section, ORIGIN
OF THE ORIGINALS.
The secular anthropologist has a dim view of man. They view him as only
an integrated part of the natural order. He has form, and must obey the
same laws of nature as the other animal life. He is like a laboratory where
chemicals are processed. He takes in materials for his own use and processes
them as do the other animals.
It would seem that our mothers missed the boat when they named us. My
name should be S-D Laboratories. If man is nothing but one of the animals
and nothing more than a part of the natural order then man is a product
of nature, rather than God. We know better because of the knowledge we
gain from the Word.
The two major systems of thought today, as to the origin of man are
Evolution and Biblical creationism. The evolutionary side is based on speculation,
conjecture and assumption and lots of the latter. Biblical creationism
is based upon the Revelation of God to man. It is truth in all that it
communicates and can be accepted as such!
The evolutionist offers many proofs, but no PROOF as such. They have
presented many things over the years and Christianity has been kind enough
to shoot all of them down. Indeed, evolution had been laid to rest in the
religious circles as a false teaching, until a few years ago when Carl
Sagan decided to make a bundle of money on the resurrected evolutionary
theories of the past. He is a very good communicator and has been able
to gain the capital to produce some very fine television shows to push
his new, yet old ideas.
Within the evolutionary proponents we have two basic camps. The out
and out evolutionist that holds to the Darwinian thinking and the Biblical
people that want to allow for the evolutionist in Biblical circles (These
are the Theistic evolutionists).
The proponents of evolution usually set forth the following items as
basic to their theory.
I will just quote these. I found these comments in Hodge's Systematic
Theology page 240. (Gross, Edward N., editor; "SYSTAMATIC THEOLOGY"/Abridged
Edition; Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988.)
1. "First, like begets like; this is the law of heredity, according
to which the offspring is like the parent through out the vegetable and
2. "Second, while in all that is essential the offspring is like the
parent, it always differs more or less from its progenitor; this is the
law of variation. The variations are sometimes deteriorations, sometimes
indifferent, sometimes improvements, that is, such as enable the plant
or animal more advantageously to exercise its functions." (I was taller
than my father, yet just as bald.)
3. "Third, as plants and animals increase in a geometrical ratio, they
tend to outrun enormously the means of support, and this of necessity gives
rise to a continued and universal struggle for life."
4. "Fourth, we have the Law of Natural Selection. In this struggle the
fittest survive; that is, those individuals which have an accidental variation
of structure which renders them superior to their fellows in the struggle
for existence survive and transmit that peculiarity to their offspring.
This is 'natural selection';i.e., nature, without intelligence or purpose,
selects the individuals best adapted to continue and to improve the race.
It is by the operation of these few principles that in the course of countless
ages all the diversified forms of vegetables and animals have been produced."
The theistic evolutionist holds to evolution, but sees God as the prime
starter of all these processes. There are variations on this thinking as
God, in Genesis one and two, is very clear in what He is trying to communicate
to man. He mentions very specifically just how he went about the creation
of the universe, as well as man. If we do not accept Genesis one and two
as truth, then that record must be held as untruth, or lies. Can you imagine
telling God that He is a liar? That is what the evolutionist and Theistic
evolutionists are doing. Think about that one for awhile!
Not only does the Scripture tells us very dramatically in Genesis of
the creation, but the Bible also goes on to mention the creation many times
more in other portions of the Word. This is very emphatic that the Lord
Not only do the doubters call the Lord a liar, but they also are casting
insults toward Him. The next time you talk to an evolutionist you might
ask him if he really wants to be part of a system that makes God out a
If we leave God out of the creation then we have a lack of many things.
We do not have any direction for the universe and ourselves, other than
what man might dream up. We have no reason to be moral people. We are products
of the goo of past ages so why should we be moral.
Indeed, this is why the movies and the television shows are going totally
down hill. They have no standards. The standards have basically been lifted,
and all is go.
The illegitimate birth rate is soaring and why? No standards in our
society. It is strictly okay to have a baby and raise it as a single parent,
so many are doing just that.
Divorce rates are terribly high. Why? No standards of marriage. Marriage
is a try it, and if you like it keep it, situation in our society today.
Abortion is rampant in our country. Why? There is no standard for life.
The law says that these children do not exist as life thus they have no
If there is no standard then every person is his own standard. I recently
saw an interview of a man that had killed another man in the process of
a robbery. He was convicted and put away for life. His reaction was one
of total indignation. He had done nothing wrong. He had shot a gun, but
the dumb person that died was at fault. He ran in front of the gun. His
philosophy was that he had done no wrong, and that he had no responsibility.
That is the end result of evolution and humanism. On the other hand
the Bible and creation demands much higher of man. Since we are told that
we are created in His image then it is also somewhat indicated that we
should act in His image as well. You might jot down I Pet 1:16; Matt 5:48
for future reference as well.
We are to be conformed to the image of Christ! We can only do that as
we conform to the dictates of the Scriptures. This is where our morals
will come from.
Chafer states that if we leave the Bible and God out of the origin of
man that we can look to tadpoles for moral standards. If God and the Bible
are left out then man is left to dream up his own theologies, and that
he does. That is why we have so many cults and isms around today.
Many have realized that the Genesis one and two accounts of the creation
are different, yet very similar. This is explainable as follows. Some feel
that chapter one is an introduction, and that chapter two fills in the
gaps of one. This is the method of some Hebrew writings. They are like
the modern day speaker that tells em what he's going to say, then he tells
em what he wants to say, and then he tells em what he has just said in
the hope that they heard what he said.
Some suggest that one is mankind in general and that two is speaking
specifically of Adam. Chafer suggests the term Cosmical in relation to
it being mankind and the term physiological in relation to Adam specifically.
No matter how this similarity is explained, the final result must be
that both relate to the creation of the heavens and the earth by the supreme
Gen. 1:27 seems to speak quite specifically about the subject of creation.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them." Since God mentions it three times in
one verse it might be indicated that God believes that He is the creator.
God did it, He said it, we believe it because faith allows it (Heb 11:3).
Within man's abilities of observation, there are things which tend to
confuse us. The evolutionist on the one hand says that we descend from
the monkey. As we observe the monkey, we can see that we are similar. On
the other hand God tells us that He created the animals, and then another
order, man. We may see similarity to ourselves in the monkey, yet we know
from the Word that there is a major difference. We can respond to the Creator
and the monkey can only respond to his surrounding and needs.
We, as man, have many similarities with the animal world. If you have
ever been to the zoo and watched the monkeys you can certainly see some
remarkable similarities. We went to the Colorado Springs Zoo years ago
and I was especially taken by one large monkey that was sitting on a shelf
in the top of his cage all slouched down like I do to watch TV. He wasn't
watching TV, but he was sure observing the foolish creatures that were
passing by him. His actions, and facial expressions made me feel like he
was about to get up and come over to me for a long conversation.
Man may have many similarities however we have one very prominent and
distinct dissimilarity. MAN HAS A SPIRITUAL NATURE AND THERE IS NO ANIMAL
THAT HAS THIS! WE ARE FORMED IN THE DIVINE IMAGE!
Genesis does not allow for an evolution for Adam. He was created complete
and mature. The fact that Adam was created mature is indicated by the following:
1. No pacifier, formula or diapers are mentioned. 2. He was told to tend
the garden. This would require mature motor skills to operate in such a
manner. 3. He spoke with God, thus he had speech skills. By the way how
do you suppose he felt the moment that he became conscious? Did God create
him with memories? Did Adam have a knowledge of God built in? Did he come
with completed memory banks concerning gardening and family life?
God created Adam as an adult, and as a complete being in all respects.
There were no recalls on the defective model!
One question that has come to many minds is, "When did God create?"
There are many theories and ideas. Mr. Usher has a system of dating that
appears in some Bibles, but most feel that he is probably quite a way off.
We don't really know when creation took place. There is a feeling that
is fairly general today that creation would have been four to 6,000 years
Usher used the genealogies of the Old Testament to figure out his dating
system. Part of the problem of using the genealogies in the Old Testament
is that there may be several generations between names of which we are
not aware. There is indication, according to those that study genealogies
that the term begat in the Old Testament may well refer to decent of families
rather than a direct offspring.
Even in the time of the prophets there is some guess work involved in
assembling a chronology and set of dates. Some of the kings dates are given
in different ways and authorities differ some on dates even in that period.
There is no real way of dating the creation. Indeed, I see little value
in knowing, for the evolutionist would not believe it even if we could
prove that it was Feb. 29th 5500 B.C.
When it comes to creation there are some that believe there was a long
period of time between creation and the time of the Patriarchs, because
of the vast number of cultures and civilizations that we have in history.
This is not necessarily so. If we remember at the Tower of Babel, things
were a bit disturbed. The nations would have come from the language problem
which God created. The cultures also would have come from the people scattering
and beginning again.
It is easy to see that man of all cultures and civilizations are descended
from one source, and that source Noah, or ultimately Adam. In fact in the
late 80's scientists decided that all of mankind was descended from a woman
they called EVE! This common ancestry of man is called the unity of man.
Pardington has a section on the unity of man that I would like to adapt
for you (Pardington, Rev. George P. Ph.D.; "OUTLINE STUDIES IN CHRISTIAN
DOCTRINE"; Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1926, p 140-141). He
views the unity of the race from four aspects:
From History: History seems to indicate that there was a common ancestry
for all races, centered in Central Asia.
From Language: There is evidence that all major languages come from
one original language. The lesser languages could certainly flow from that
one original language as well.
From Psychology: There is a commonness to all races in the mind games
that we play. We all have a concept of right and wrong, though it varies
from race to race. The mental capacities are similar to all races, at the
same level of maturation. Many of the myths of the races indicate a common
origin as well.
From Physiology: Man, no matter the race has a similar physiology. The
heart rate is similar, any race can mate with any other, and the average
temperature is similar. All races are susceptible to all diseases.
The Bible tells us what happened and we can by faith accept it. Man
on the other hand, in his lost state, does not want to accept anything
that the Bible has to say, so usually allows himself to create new and
better theories that are based on very little evidence, truth or knowledge.
I trust that if you have any doubts in the area of the creation, that
you will simply accept, by faith, the Scriptural account. I have always
said, that it would take more faith to hold to evolution, that it does
to accept creationism.