|Genetic study reveals mankind's brush with extinction|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 25 April 2008 11:17|
A new document published by the Genographic Project, a study into human history using the science of genetics, claims that the the human race may once have come close to extinction in the not too distant past. Genetics has already shown how all of mankind can be traced back to one woman who is said to have lived around 200,000 years ago (according to the evolutionary timeframe). But this latest research has revealed that the human race recently entered a bottleneck, and that the global population could have fallen as low as 2000 people at this time. Researchers believe that harsh environmental conditions may have been responsible for this sudden decline in numbers, namely severe droughts across the African continent.
Quote: ""This study illustrates the extraordinary power of genetics to reveal insights into some of the key events in our species' history," Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer in residence, said in a statement. "Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA."
In reading these quotations, I can think of no other verse save that of Romans 1:22, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools". For the "epic drama" of which they speak has already been described for us in great detail in Genesis chapters 6 to 9. The fact that the scientists have discovered an 'echo' of the flood recorded in our DNA bears testament to the trustworthiness of the Scriptures. Palaeontologist Meave Leakey, an advisor to the Genographic Project, further states, "Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction?" The answer is of course, anyone who is willing take the time to read the Biblical account of the Genesis flood. Only it wasn't extremes of climate that drove the human race to near extinction, it was extremes of sin...
As you can see from today's news, evolutionists are at pains to avoid any suggestion that the Biblical account of the Genesis flood might be true, preferring instead to believe in a continental drought rather than a global flood. In spite of the vast geological evidence for a worldwide flood... the Biblical account, the flood legends that have been passed down in the oral history of many cultures, the many eyewitness accounts of the ark on Mount Ararat, the millions of fossils buried in rock layers laid down by moving water all over the earth, mammoths instantly frozen to death in Siberia while eating tropical vegetation, the frozen tropical fruit discovered in Antarctic, fossils buried in the process of eating other fossils, fossils buried while giving birth to fossils, fossilized whales, fossilized shoals of jellyfish, fossilized trees spanning 'millions of years' of rock strata, the formation of the Grand Canyon, evidence of human habitation in areas now covered by water, etc... In spite of all of this, evolutionary scientists will still deny there ever was a global flood. Why? Because if a global flood occurred, and there is ample evidence that suggests such an event took place, it would destroy the fossil record which is the evolutionist's main argument for his theory. And secondly, if they admit that a global flood did take place, the Bible must be true and there is a Creator God to whom man is ultimately accountable. Science backs up what the Bible teaches, but as Paul states in his letter to the Romans, many of the scientists themselves do not wish to retain God in their knowledge (Romans 1:28). As evolutionary geneticist Richard Lewontin states in his book, Billions and billions of demons...
Quote: "We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. The eminent Kant scholar Lewis Beck used to say that anyone who could believe in God could believe in anything. To appeal to an omnipotent deity is to allow that at any moment the regularities of nature may be ruptured, that miracles may happen."
Peter foretold in his book that denial of the Genesis flood would be a characteristic of the days prior to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2nd Peter 3:5-7
It's one thing to be ignorant of God's judgements, but to be willingly ignorant is quite another. The Biblical account of the Genesis flood is true, it really did happen around 4500 years ago. The Lord did judge the world for its sin, and only eight people survived to tell the story. The Bible records that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8), and the Lord brought him and his family into his ark of salvation. Are you in God's Ark of salvation, which is Jesus Christ? Have you trusted in Him for forgiveness of sins? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).
Forty days and forty nights, the rain came a tumbling down
Are you in the Ark? Or are you outside?
Now Jesus is God's Ark today, and in Him you must be