Chicken or Egg?

According to evolution, man was not created directly by God but evolved from animals. Evolutionists say that at some point in history, certain animals began accidentally changing in ways that eventually produced a man. The idea of evolution has many weaknesses. It cannot explain the beginning of the world; it gives a false impression of man.

Man differs from animals in possessing language and thought. Anyone who believes that man evolved from animals must explain how language and reason began…logic has set traps in a series of “chicken and eggs – which came first?” problems.

Human thought requires language. Much of our thinking is in words. When we think, we sort of listen to ourselves talk inside our heads. Language, on the other hand, requires thought. Unless there is thought behind the sounds called language or speech, what comes out is mere gibberish. Which came first, language or thought?

Without language and men talking to one another, there would be no truly human society. Instead of society, there would be merely a herd or swarm. But language means communication and therefore assumes men living together in society. Which came first, society or language?

Genesis, of course, does not have these problems of logic. It presents man as the direct creation of God and from the very first having language, thought, and society. The evolutionists’ only escape from logic is to downplay man’s special characteristics. He underrates man’s speech and reason.

To an evolutionist, man is nothing more than a computer made of flesh and bones. The result of humanism is putting man in place of or above God…The Bible’s account of the beginning elevates God. It also elevates man, but not at God’s expense. Humanism, whether in the guise of evolution or of some other view, tries to build man up by playing down or ignoring God. It rebels against God but utterly destroys man by making him no different from an animal or a machine.

Adapted from Jerry Combee, History of the World in Christian Perspective

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