Ecclesiastes 3:20-21
“All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

chimpanzee familyA recent report in the journal Science has reached the startling conclusion that human brains and chimp brains are entirely different. A study led by scientists at Yale University has discovered that much of the gene activity in the human brain is completely alien to that occurring in the brains of chimpanzees. These fundamental differences were discovered in all sorts of areas of the brain – including the cerebellum. The cerebellum is described in the article as “one of the evolutionarily most ancient regions of the brain, and therefore most likely to share similarities across species.” We can see immediately that this statement contains assumptions which are not proven but merely based on prior belief in evolution. Describing the cerebellum as “ancient” implies that it must have been present in ancestors of both humans and chimps, dating back a very long time. The fact that the chemistry in the cerebella of humans and chimps is so radically different should suggest that the two do not have a common ancestor.

Of course, this sort of thinking does not occur to the evolutionary scientists involved in the study reported. Rather, they suggest that the chemistry in the human cerebellum must have been present in the common ancestor of humans and chimps and that it disappeared in chimps but reappeared in humans. But the chemical studies were not carried out on this alleged common ancestor, so even its existence should be doubted.

The truth is that God made humans separately from animals, like chimps. When we die, the animal rots to the ground, while the human soul ascends to God to be judged (Ecclesiastes 3:21).

Thank You, God, that You made fascinating animals, like chimps. We do not know why You made them to look so similar to us, but You have given us a solemn responsibility to discharge, to look after these and all parts of Your creation. Amen.

Author: Paul F. Taylor

 

Ref: Yale University. (2017, November 24). Small but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 25, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171124084336.htm. Image: GNU Free Document License, v1.2.