Gen. 1:26-27, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Several years ago an absolutely sensational discovery was made and revealed on 60 Minutes in Australia. It was described as “…an absolute sensation. One that could have untold significance for every one of us”. The presenter further drew the audience in with these words, “You about to meet a family that shouldn’t exist. A family like no other. They could just be the missing link between man and ape. The holy grail scientists have sought for generations”.
I “rolled my eyes” but had to watch the rest to see how they came to that conclusion. What followed was nothing short of evolutionary fantasy. A Turkish family comprising two parents and 18 children was introduced to the audience. Four of the children suffered from slight to severe mental retardation, and they were also quadrupeds– they walked on all fours. The presenter used phrases “living fossils” and “human beings who had never made the evolutionary leap of standing upright” to explain the strange behavior of the four adults. It was necessary, according to her, for scientists to converge on the family and investigate these quadrupeds to “discover that it means to be human.” Once they brought an evolutionary psychologist into the team, things really got interesting. From that moment on, a cocktail of suppositions leads to fanciful hypotheses or, in my opinion, complete drivel.
The exaggerated speculation without any credible evidence was forced upon the audience as an evolutionary explanation of the existence of these unfortunate souls. The “scientists” claimed these four adults were the missing link and a rare glimpse into human evolutionary history. True to sensationalistic, emotionally driven reporting, questions like “So why, for the first time in eons, are human beings again walking on four?” were served up to the viewer to stimulate their interest further. And to be honest, that question was intriguing. And then the answer was quickly glossed over in favor of the “missing link” theory again. When the discerning viewer heard the reason, the whole discovery “crashed and burned,” so to speak. The parents were second cousins who probably passed recessive genes to six of their children – 4 of whom were quadrupeds.
Almost too quickly, the conversation changed to a discussion about how the gene could be responsible for them being quadrupeds. To be honest, the answer was not a huge surprise to anyone with half a belief in God, but the force with which the “missing link” theory was proposed, almost as fact, was preposterous. Not only that, but it felt like these poor souls were being exploited for sensationalistic reasons because of their unfortunate handicaps.
Of course, that fact absolutely escaped the unmovable, predetermined minds of those who hang on the imaginary “monkey-to-man” fairy tales. The only subscribers to this ridiculous theory are the delusional majority who believe that it is more probable that nothing made the universe rather than an omnipotent, eternal God.
But, for Christians, it was just a sad exploitation of the most vulnerable who did not have the choice of being used as a pawn in some larger debate about the origins of humanity. Shameful and disgraceful, in my opinion. Prov. 14:1 “A fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.”