TITLE: A Symphony of Miracles Chapter 13 The Rise and Fall of a Fantasy 3/31/14
By Richard McCaw
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The Rise and Fall of a Fantasy
At a certain age children read fairy stories and say, â€śA fairy visited me last nightâ€¦.â€ť In the world of fantasy the stories become real, and a child may insist, â€śI saw fairiesâ€™ footprints behind flowers and..!â€ťÂ
If you take the child outside and say, â€śAlright little one, show me the footprints!â€ť consternation fills the face, the fantasy like a soap bubble vanishes, and you hear the words, â€śBut I saw them!â€ť Nothing you say can dispel the fantasy! However, without footprints observed the fantasy should gently be laid to rest.
If you visit a confused aunt, who recently lost her husband, she may tell you, â€śJohn just left to play golf. Heâ€™ll soon be back!â€ťÂ
You explain, â€śBut dearest, donâ€™t you remember, Johnâ€™s gone home to Jesus?â€ť
But she insists, â€śBut he told me heâ€™d soon be back!â€ťÂ
You would know that your aunt wanted John so desperately that her mind began playing tricks, and so she entered a world of make-believe.
As a child, I too lived for some time in the world of fantasy, the realm of Peter Pan, Bugs Bunny, Superman, and all the imaginative characters that surrounded me in storybooks. How can I forget the time I placed a beach towel around my neck, climbed up on to the gate post and jumped off as if I were flying, like superman, across the world on a rescue mission!Â
However, that scenario is not exclusively the domain of imaginative children, old people, or relatives, who cannot let go of a lost loved one. That scenario plays out regularly in the minds of so-called intelligent men and women of the scientific kind, who desperately want to throw out any idea of intelligent design, and who are determined to dismiss the existence of the Supreme God, who rules over all. Having lost faith, and perhaps hurt by professing believers, and in some cases devastated by the death of a loved one, their hearts have created their own scientific religion.Â
Charles Darwin, for example, had been studying to become a minister in the Episcopal faith, when his daughter, Annie, died suddenly and tragically at the age of ten, and so he lost faith in the Christian God. Into that vacuum, a new faith took root, and his mind became fertile ground for the fantasy of evolution.
An examination of the following incidents reveal how desperate some scientists become in trying to prove the theory of evolution.
Back in 1856, from a skull cap, parts of limbs, and a skeleton, Neanderthal Man was found near Neander Valley in Germany, and for one hundred years believed to be the subhuman ancestor of man. Eventually it was proven to be fully human, and that his stooped posture had been the result of disease.Â
In 1891, on the island of Java, Dr. Eugene Dubois unearthed a skull cap and three teeth, and in 1892, a femur (thighbone). Evolutionists today concede that the supposed missing link was nothing more than the remains of a human being.
In 1912, two men, Dr. Charles Dawson and paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward, discovered in Piltdown, England, nine pieces of a skull and most of one side of the lower jaw, with the first and second molar teeth still in place. For forty years evolutionists proclaimed the discovery to be manâ€™s ape-like ancestor from the Early Ice Age. As the controversy continued to rage, many may have reasoned that if evolution were true, then the Bibleâ€™s creation account could not be true!Â
In 1953, however, it was discovered that the jaw and teeth did not belong to the cranium, were of an age much later than the skull, the teeth had been ground down by hand, and chemical tests revealed that the jaw and teeth had been stained with chromate in order to match the skull. The jaw later proved to be that of a modern ape. â€śPiltdown Man was simply a fraud!â€ť
When the first fossil bones were discovered many years ago, there were no other bones with which to compare them, no other measurements by which to judge them. Therefore, the first pictures of ancient man with its ape-like appearance, its facial features half-way between man and ape, a slightly crouching figure, long face, huge jaws, and a look of doubtful intelligence, had been created out of pure human imagination, and certainly not based on any tangible facts. Since no scientist or anyone else had ever seen such a man, we are compelled to dismiss the whole concept of evolution as a mere fantasy.Â
If you delve further, you will also learn of several more attempts to produce missing links, and of other notable hoaxes.Â
In 1922, Henry Fairfield Osborn, a most eminent paleontologist of those years, found a single tooth in Western Nebraska and introduced the â€śNebraska Manâ€ť as a combination of chimpanzee and man. But the find was proven to be the fossil of a peccary or pig.
In 1927, when Davidson Black found a lower molar tooth in Peking, China, excitement rose in the evolutionist community. â€śPeking Man was definitely one of manâ€™s ancestors!â€ť But once again it proved to be only another human skeletonÂ
In 1936, another skeleton surfaced being hailed as manâ€™s ancestor from the Ice Ages. One year later, under further examination scientists confirmed it to be the skeleton of a Sioux Indian.
Let us conclude by noting the fossil fragments of a jaw and a few teeth from the Siwālik hills of northern India, discovered in 1932. In the 1960s and â€™70s, due to the persuasiveness of Harvard University's David Pilbeam, Ramapithecus was considered the first direct ancestor of modern humans. For fifty years, evolutionists willingly believed it to be the long searched for missing link. However, Orangutan, a species of ape, had made a fool out of our scientific friends and wishful-thinking evolutionists, who had rejected the simplicity of Godâ€™s Word, as revealed in the Bible.
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