December 28, 2010
On December 27, the Associated Press reported that "a Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo Sapiens found in Israel." According to the report, "the earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old."
Bible-believing Christians will recognize significant problems with this report. The Tel Aviv Univerity team employed faulty assumptions to arrive at a conclusion that is entirely inconsistent with Scripture.
1. The dating of the tooth is based on faulty assumptions regarding the age of the earth. Note that the Tel Aviv University team freely admits that they concluded that the tooth was 400,000 years old because of the "layers of earth where they were found."
"It's very exciting to come to this conclusion," said archaeologist Avi Gopher, whose team examined the teeth with X-rays and CT scans and dated them according to the layers of earth where they were found.
Gopher and team assume that the layers of earth observed around their discovery required at least hundreds of thousands of years to form. However, the Bible simply does not permit the earth to be that old. The Bible timeline only permits the earth to be 5,000 – 6,000 –years-old. Even if we interpret the Bible timeline rather loosely, the Earth cannot be more than 10,000-years-old. The layers of earth observed by Gopher's team are easily explained by the Biblical account of a global flood during the lifetime of Noah.
2. The team from Tel Aviv University wrongly assume that "modern man" evolved from more primitive human-like forms including Neanderthals. The Theory of Evolution proposes that that over millions of years, relatively complex life forms (including man) evolved from simpler forms of life. While this is an intriguing scientific theory, the Bible does not permit this possibility. Rather, the Bible teaches that the LORD created all forms of life as distinct, fully-developed life-forms during a literal six-day creation week.
The language of Genesis chapter 1 speaks of six literal days of creation. Six times, the Bible describes the days of the creation week as being composed of an “evening and morning.” The LORD used very literal language in order to rule out the possibility that he was referring to longer periods of time (i.e. millions or billions of years).
In Genesis chapter 1, the Bible says that all forms of life were created to reproduce “after his kind.” Grass produces grass; whales produce whales, beasts of the earth produce beasts of earth. Multiple times, the Lord repeated that each form of life reproduces “after his kind.” This phrase refutes the possibility of evolution because it refutes the possibility that one life form evolved into “another kind” of life. Rather, each form of life reproduces “after his kind.”
In Genesis 1:26-28, the Bible teaches that the LORD created man separately from animals. We have an origin that is distinct and separate from the origin of plants, sea life and animals. Man was created at a distinct point in time (v.26-27). And man was created separately from animals (vs. 24-25) and separately from sea life and birds (fifth day of creation). And the Bible is clear that only man was created “in the image of God.” (1:26). The literal language of Genesis 1 excludes the possibility that man evolved from other forms of life.
The Bible is clear that death entered the world as a result of sin (Rom. 5:12). Therefore, if the theory of evolution is true, nothing could have died for millions (or billions) of years, i.e. nothing could have died until man evolved “far enough to sin.” This isn’t possible because the earth isn’t large enough to accommodate all of the animals that would have been produced over the millions or billions of years that evolutionist claim were required for man to evolve. As such, we must also reject the so-called "Gap theory."
The tooth discovered by the Tel Aviv University team does nothing to bring the truth of the Bible into question. Both their assumptions and their conclusions are faulty. Please pray that Bible-believing Christians will not be deceived by the theory of evolution.