“So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
There is a universe of difference between saying that man was created by God, in the image of God, and saying that man is nothing more than a hairless ape. And the fact that man is not covered with hair like the ape has led to a weird, new twist in the theory of evolution.
British author Elaine Morgan has written that current evolutionary theory, which says that man’s ancestors lost their hair because they ran and hunted in the hot sun, doesn’t make any sense. If that were true, she says, lions wouldn’t have any hair either. She thinks ape-like creatures lost their hair for the same reason that evolutionists believe whales lost their hair – they became aquatic creatures. She also says that swimming apes would have to learn to speak instead of communicating with sign language because their hands would be occupied with swimming. Morgan suggests that with the absence of fossil evidence for missing links between apes and man, her theory makes as much sense as any other.
We would agree with her about the lack of fossil evidence and that her theory makes as much sense as any other evolutionary theory – and that’s no sense at all! Man was made by God to be so different from the ape that it’s impossible to say that the two are related. Rather than seek a relationship with apes, we are to seek our relationship with God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, help me in all aspects of my life to look to You and Your Word for my understanding and faith. Show me where I err in looking to the creation for my hope instead of to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Ref: Dava Sobel, “Aquatic Ape,” OMNI, Vol.5-12, September, 1983, p.150. Photo: In addition to Elaine Morgan, English marine biologist Alister C. Hardy was the most outspoken proponent of the Aquatic Ape hypothesis.