Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”

Back pain is one of humanity’s most common complaints. And the most common explanation one hears for back pain is that our backs hurt because we stand and walk erect.

Even high school textbooks repeat this myth. Students are taught that our backs bother us because we haven’t fully adjusted to our evolution into human beings. Supposedly, when we were still getting around ape‑like on all fours, our backs didn’t hurt. Then we stood up. The new stresses on the spine caused it to curve forward, leading to backaches. Our backbones still have not evolved to support the stress of upright pressure. Many backache treatments are based on this assumption. So they use exercises that try to reverse the natural curvature of the back. Whether these exercises solve the long‑term problem is debatable.

The Bible tells us that we did not evolve. We were created by an intelligent Creator who certainly knew how to make a backbone for human beings. Upright posture isn’t our problem. Even dogs suffer back problems. That’s why some therapists have been reporting good long‑term results using a therapy that doesn’t assume that our backs hurt because of evolution. Rather, they assume that the human spine is supposed to have a forward curve. They recommend exercises that correct the forward curvature of the spine.

Faulty assumptions that evolution is true do not provide better medicine. However, medicine is improved when it uses the accurate knowledge that human beings have been specially created by God.

Prayer: I pray, dear Lord, that You would use those of Your people who are educated in the various scientific disciplines, to deliver us from the suffering and misfortunes that we endure on earth because of the ignorance spawned by the rejection of the truth about creation. Amen.

Author: Paul A. Bartz

REF.: Your aching back what doctors can do about it. U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 17, 1983. p.. 85.    Smail, Ronald. 1990. The origin of back pain. Bible‑Science Newsletter, Jan. p. 1. Photo: Wood man used for sketching –  by  Wolf Burn –