It might surprise many people to learn that science is biblical. The first task given to the first human being, according to the Bible, was the exploration of the science of taxonomy. Taxonomy is the science of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving them names. The first task God gave Adam was to name animals “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof,” (Genesis 2:19). God challenged His new human creation to give names to animals using new vocabulary-names that these animals did not have before. Adam had already been endowed with the brain power, the intellectual capacity to accomplish this task. Adam compiled the first verbal encyclopedia with the categories of the animal kingdom. His genius shines through his intellectual ability to spontaneously come up with names to give each animal. The animals could not name themselves. They did not have the capacity to do so. A human being gave names to animals not vice versa. This demonstrates the major gulf that separates the animal kingdom from human beings, contrary to the popular belief that we all evolved from some primordial soup into amoebas and lizards and other lower animals before finally becoming human beings. What is even more astounding is the fact that Adam did not only have to come up with a name for each animal that passed before him, but he also had to remember the name he had given it. Why else would he name animals if he could not pass their names to his posterity? From this first task human beings later developed an uncanny interest in categorizing plants as well as animals. Now we have the disciplines of botany and zoology. Language is a system of communication that separate human beings from animals. No animal is able to create an alphabet and string letters together to draw semiotics, both in written format and oral format. Adam talked with God. Whatever he named the animals God implicitly acquiesced!!! Can you imagine that?

 

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