Regarding the Genesis account of the beginning of our world it is intriguing to read what some scholars who are not theists have concluded. For instance, Robert Jastrow, has asserted that “Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. All the details differ, but the essential element in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis is the same; the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply, at a definite moment in time….The scientists’ pursuit of the past ends in the moment of creation. This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible…”1

Now isn’t that fascinating particularly as contention has been brewing and gaining momentum between molecular biologists, paleontologists and macroevolutionists regarding the age of the human race. The constant adjustment of the age of humanity has only exacerbated this argument. In the late 1950s, the age of mankind was between 5 and 15 million years. Around the mid-1970s, this age was changed to between 5 and 7 million years. Then toward the end of the 1970s it was adjusted again. This time it was said that mankind was 1 million years old. The mid 1980s saw another adjustment as the age was reduced to 800,000 years old. By the end of the 1980s it was said to be between 50,000 and 200,000 years old. The 1990s, saw yet another adjustment. This time the age of humanity was estimated to be only 43,000 years old.2 Something to think about.

If, as Jastrow, posits, the chain of events leading to man were sudden, it means that man appeared suddenly on the scene, fully formed, with all his faculties intact, and that there was no process of transitional development spanning millions of years from lower life forms into the human race we have now, as the Bible says.

Sources

1 Robert Jastrow (1992). God and the Astronomers. New York. W.W. Norton & Co. pp. 106-107

2 Norman Geisler & Peter Bocchino (2001). Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith. Bethany House Publishers. Bloomington, Minnesota. pp. 186-187

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