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Monkeys to Man

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The theory of evolution was popularized and brought into the mainstream by Charles Darwin after the publication of his book, Origin of the Species in November 1859. Many of the things Darwin taught in his book have been proven false and discarded by modern day scientists who still hold to the theory. But one basic teaching that has remained relatively the same, with some slight variation, is that man was not created by God but rather ascended from lower forms of life the scientists have called hominids (half man/ half ape). But is there evidence to support such a teaching? Before we get into the evidence, or lack thereof, a few terms must be defined first.

Fact - 1. reality; actuality. 2. something known to exist or have happened. 3. something known to be true. A fact is something which is not false with no doubt to its reality. It is “known to be true” and “known to exist.” A fact can be proven through observation, experimentation, and testing.

Theory - 1. a speculative plan 2. a formulation of underlying principles of certain observed phenomena which has been verified to some degree 4. a conjecture; guess. A theory involves speculation and guesswork. There are some observable evidences but cannot be fully verified in order for it to be a fact.

Fraud - 1. deceit or trickery. Fraud involves the purposeful intent to mislead. This can be done through falsifying data, altering the appearances of something, making false statements, etc.

Keeping these three definitions in mind, let’s examine the evidence and see if the evolution of man is...

Fact, Theory, or Fraud?

Neanderthal Man (Cavemen) - A skull cap, limb, pelvis, and rib bones were found inside a cave in Duesseldorf, Germany in 1856. The few bone fragments were examined and misinterpreted by evolutionists. The result? Inaccurate pictures drawn of cavemen with statements that this was what ancient man looked like. But what really are the facts? Is Neanderthal man a missing link? German anatomist, Rudolph Virchow, said the bones were those of modern man but had been afflicted with rickets and arthritis. In an article in the February 1971 edition of Science Digest, entitled “Neanderthals Had Rickets”, it states “Neanderthal man may have looked like he did, not because he was closely related to the great apes, but because he had rickets….The diet of Neanderthal man, was definitely lacking in Vitamin D.” Lack of vitamin D can cause the bones to soften resulting in facial changes which contribute to the caveman like appearance. Arthritis can also contribute to enlarged facial features. Also, in an article on Neanderthal man in the 15th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica it states, “The popular conception that those people were slouched in posture and walked with a shuffling, bent kneed gait seems to have been due in large part to faulty reconstruction of the skull base and to misinterpretation of certain features of the limb bones…” Today, paleontologists around the world agree that the Neanderthals were not a missing link but were modern day human beings who lived in Europe. What do you say?
Fact? Theory? Fraud?

Java Man - Eugene Dubois, a college dropout who was convinced the evolutionary theory was true, went fossil hunting on Java, the main island of Indonesia. There he found a skull cap; 50 feet away he found one femur bone; in another area he found 3 teeth. Dubois falsely assumed they came from the same person and aged them to be almost a million years old. With the help of some creative artists and sculptors, they created the half human/half ape-man and gave him the scientific name Pithecanthropus erectus (erect ape-man). However, the scientific community couldn’t agree upon what it really was. The Germans decided it was an ape while the British zoologists thought they belonged to a human. The French compromised and said it was part man-part ape. 15 years before Dubois died, the majority of evolutionists were convinced that he simply discovered the bones of a human being. Dubois himself declared that he believed the bones belonged to a gibbon ape. The sad thing is, Java man is still displayed in science textbooks as a step in man’s supposed evolutionary history. What’s your opinion of Java man?
Fact? Theory? Fraud?

Piltdown Man - The discovery of a skull in 1912 in Piltdown, England, created quite a stir in the science world after it was announced by the British Geological Society. For almost 40 years the scientific community stated that Piltdown Man proved that man evolved. Once again, they were wrong. In 1953 Joseph Weiner and Kenneth Oakley applied a fluorine test to the bones and discovered that Piltdown Man was a hoax! Fragments of a human skull had been combined with the jaw of an ape and the teeth filed down to make it all fit. The majority of the skull had been formed with plaster! Then everything was stained to give it the appearance of long age. Even the hand tools found nearby were found to be fakes! So, was Piltdown Man a missing link?
Fact? Theory? Fraud?

Nebraska Man - In 1922 another supposed “missing link” was discovered: Nebraska Man. Pictures were drawn up to give us an idea of what this ancient ape-man may have looked like. What were they using as their guide? What was this great piece of “evidence” that was discovered in 1922? One molar tooth! 6 years later in 1925 it was found to be the tooth of an extinct pig. Eventually in 1972, in Paraguay, living specimens of the same pig were discovered. So, is it...
Fact? Theory? Fraud?

Lucy - Lucy comes from the family of the australopithecines (“southern ape”) and was one of the more recent discoveries. Found in 1975, Lucy was dated to be over 3 million years old and was classified as an ape-man. However, the doubt crept in almost immediately. Peter Andrews, of the British Museum of Natural History expressed doubts to Lucy’s ape-man likeness: “Some researchers believe that the aforensis sample [Lucy] is really a mixture of two separate species.” (Peter Andrews, “The Descent of Man” - New Scientist 1984). Eventually, even the man who discovered Lucy, Donald C. Johanson, came to the conclusion that Lucy was not an ape-man, but only an ape. “Johanson himself originally described the fossils as Homo, a species of man, but soon after changed his mind based on the assertment of his colleague, Jim White.” (Robert Milner, Encyclopedia of Evolution 1990) How would you classify Lucy?
Fact? Theory? Fraud?

After examining these 4 examples of “missing links”, did you notice the “common link” between them? When first discovered, they were all hailed as proof of man’s evolution from lower life forms. Yet, upon further examination, the evidence proved otherwise. The fact is, there is no irrefutable evidence proving that man evolved. The fact is, scientists are desperate to prove their theory and will even go to fraudulent means to do so. The fact is, scientists aren’t teaching true science when they are teaching evolution. It is much closer to science fiction. The fact is...

God Created Man

“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 1:27, 2:7) And because God created us, He has the sovereign right to declare how we are to morally conduct our lives. “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver…” (Isaiah 33:22) You cannot sin against the Sovereign Judge and Lawgiver of the universe and expect not to be judged guilty. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law [of God], and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) One sin is all it takes to be judged guilty by a perfectly righteous and holy God. From telling a lie to committing murder, any and all sin will cast you into the eternal fire. “For all have sinned...And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of my book. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Romans 3:23, Exodus 32:33, Revelation 20:15) But God is also forgiving and merciful. He loves you so much that He has provided a way for you to be pardoned from judgment by judging His Son in your place. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”; therefore, “we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:8-9) God will by no means clear the guilty sinner who refuses to turn from their sins and call on the risen Savior for salvation. But, “Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Psalm 86:5, Romans 10:13) Your Creator is ready and waiting right now to save you! Are you going to trust in science fiction or are you going to trust in Jesus Christ? Eternity is a frightening place to find out you made the wrong choice. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found....” (Isaiah 55:6)
To examine the evidence for Biblical creation, go to the following websites:
www.answersingenesis.org
www.evolution-facts.org