Did God create Adam as a “caveman”? Or did sin make humans digress to that point? I get confused about the Bible version of man versus what science teaches us. How does it fit?
The confusion is coming because you are trying to mix the world’s version of human history with the Bible. They DO NOT MIX.
The idea that God created us and then used evolution to get us to this point is simply impossible, and those who profess to believe it are simply ignorant of both evolution and creationism. They are incompatible, period. Neither a true Evolutionist, nor an educated Genesis believer will ever propose that silly notion. It’s a nice sounding compromise meant to appease both sides.
Your confusion is understandable. You are bombarded all day long with the “facts” of: millions of years, evolution, cavemen, monkeys to man, etc. Then you read the Genesis account in the Bible and you’re left wondering: where do the dinosaurs fit? What about cavemen? How can seven days fit into millions of years?
It can’t. That’s why it is confusing.
Though the declaration is met with much derision, condescension and sanctimonious rhetoric, the FACT is, the are no FACTS to support evolution. Evolution is a theory. It is a theory based on the interpretation of evidence that starts with a foundational principle through which the various theories are filtered: there is NO creator, no supernatural realm, and the material universe is all that exists.
Creationists start with the foundational premise that God exists, He created us and there is an eternal spirit realm. God is our God, and His Word is our “religion”.
The ugly truth (for evolutionists), that is suppressed at all costs by the government, the ACLU, the liberal talk shows, Hollywood and the Godless academia, is that Evolution is a simply a collection of absurd concepts and the only “facts” are evidence that has to be TORTURED to even remotely fit. Then when this twisting and distortion of the evidence (or most of the time, LACK of evidence) is exposed, they simply move on to new theory and new “facts”.
Evolutionists state that “blind faith in God” is the foundation of the Creationism and that is patently absurd. There is voluminous amounts of evidence that naturally and perfectly fits God’s revealed story of creation. TRUCKLOADS, HEAPS, MOUNTAINS, TONS, GOBS of evidence. The fact that you don’t hear about it, and our kids are denied knowledge of it publicly, is testament to how important it is to the anti-God crowd that everyone believe we came from goo which became a glob which became a fish which become a bird, then eventually a monkey, and finally YOU. Who needs God if we can explain human life without Him?
Even “blind faith in God” is quintessentially more logical than blind faith in a bunch of statistically IMPOSSIBLE and laughably hopeless conjectures that make up the “fact” of Evolution. Blind faith is not needed though. To the open minded and open hearted, the evidence that proves an Intelligent Designer and Creator is irrefutable.
Then why doesn’t everyone believe it if it is irrefutable? Oh, that’s easy. To admit the obvious truth about creation means you have to answer to God, and we can’t have that now, can we?
Those who deny a Creator, worship the CREATION rather than the CREATOR and that is exactly what evolution is all about.
The Universe becomes God, and Evolution the religion.
The Bible is clear about why men do this:
Romans 1:18-25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (NKJV;emphasis mine)
So to answer your question, there were no “cavemen” as is the common understanding. Yes, there have been peoples who have lived in caves, but there were never these half-men, half-ape, partially evolved, no-brained brutes running around grunting as they clubbed things and tried to invent the wheel.
Man was created fully formed and because there was no genetic defects, super intelligent compared to us. Don’t confuse TECHNOLOGY with intelligence. Technology is layer upon layer of advancement in design and production. Intelligence is the innate ability and power to think, solve, analyze and be creative.
Intelligence is why past civilizations could build things that amaze us today. People run around claiming that “space aliens” had to have given ancient people this ability because man wasn’t “evolved” enough to do it. See how SILLY men become in their efforts to deny God? Did you know that ancient civilizations spread their culture all over the world and were marvelous global navigators?
My friend, Jim Nienhuis, does research on ancient civilizations and produces a variety Biblically sound, creation and world history books and DVD’s (www.genesisveracity.com, www.iceagecivilizations.com).
His research on the lost cities and civilizations (that existed after the Flood but were lost in at the end of the Ice Age) provide irrefutable evidence contradicting the notion of “cavemen” and “millions of years”. His discovery and publication of the advanced scientific and navigation knowledge of ancient civilizations turns the academic world on its head – and so with it comes the predictable attacks on his work as well as the complete ignoring of it (even surprisingly by some Creationist organizations which remains a puzzle to this day).
Think about it. When was the last time you saw a documentary or read in a school textbook about the existence of entire, advanced, complex submerged cities that lie in a few hundred feet of water just off the coasts all around the world (the source of the “myths” about Atlantis)?
Why don’t you read and hear about them? Because they don’t fit the evolutionary and uniformitarian timelines that have mankind as “monkey-like cavemen” inventing fire and the wheel instead of engineering cities and mapping the globe. These cities prove that civilizations were advanced and complex. They had mapped and navigated the whole world thousands of years ago using a sophisticated measurment system based on star movement (“star mappers”).
If Christians would spend some time seriously educating themselves about the Bible version of creation and history, it would go a long way to offset the affects of decades of passive indoctrination into Evolution.
By the way, you’re starting to understand the fallacy of evolution. Are you doing anything to counter the “Evolution education” your children are receiving in public schools, television programs, advertisements, talk shows and all kinds of media? Jim’s book and DVD’s would be a great start. After that, mosey on over to Ray Comfort’s site: www.livingwaters.com
Evolution causes doubt or disbelief in God. If Genesis is not true, then how can the rest of the Bible be trusted?