Friday, July 21, 2006

Chimps - by Brad

I read the Science & Space section of on a daily basis. I read something interesting this morning in an article about a group who is trying to map the genome of the Neanderthal.

Apparently last year, this group mapped the genome of a chimpanzee. The chairman of this group said that the chimp genome, "led to literally too many questions, there were 35 million differences between us and chimpanzees -- that's too much to figure out."

My guess is that when they map out the genome of the Neanderthal, they will find out that there are few differences between us and them, and that there are still 35 million differences between the Neanderthal and the chimpanzee. I guess I like knowing that even though evolutionists say that we are closely related to monkeys, we are soooo very different.

Well, maybe I can see it...

Honestly, I really don't have an opinion on how humans came to be... except that God created us. Whether God created us just 10,000 years ago, or whether he formed us through millions of years of evolution, I don't find that it contradicts anything in God's Word.


Roy B. said...

Besides the fact that your two photos (as noted in your caption) might actually contradict your point ;-), I'm finding myself more and more comfortable these days in the perspective I believe you express. It is all too easy for us to get invested in details of creation or theology and lose sight of the bigger picture; He is Lord and creator and can do it however he chooses.

Brazenlilly said...

On Good Morning America the other day, they had a scientist who believed in God sharing how he believes that religion and reason really can go hand in hand. I found it really interesting and appealing. He said that many scientists are closet Christians, because it's not really accepted for them to be "religious." He wrote a book called "The Language of God." Here is the link to an excerpt from the book:

I think the "miracle of life" is such an overused phrase, but now that I have seen and truly paid attention to the process of the beginning of life, I think that it truly is one of the greatest pieces of proof that we are no accident. I even think that calling "intelligent design" is like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch. Did it take five million years? I doubt we'll ever know for sure, and for me...I really don't care!

Brad said...

Interesting. I will have to get that book.

I don't think the purpose of Genesis 1 was to say that God created everything in 7 days. I think the purpose was to say that GOD CREATED IT. I don't think it is any less impressive if creation was created over 7 days or 7 billion years.

Also, I recently noticed the order in which animals are mentioned in Genesis 1:20-27. On day 5, God first creates animals of the sea, then birds of the air, and then they are told to increase. On day 6, God commands the land to produce living creatures that move along the ground, and then he wraps up day 6 with man.

Again, I don't necessarily believe one way or the other, I just think it often gets in the way of what God was really saying.

Brazenlilly said...

Unfortunately, don't we as "The Church" let that happen too often? We focus too much on the details and forget about the main thing, the big picture, the bottom line.