Introduction: Proudly South African
I want to be clear from the outset that I am proudly South African. I was born and bred in this beloved country and I have no intention of leaving because things don’t go my way. Therefore as a proud South African citizen this article is not intended to be inflammatory, discriminatory or contentious. However, due to the nature of the topic I am prepared to accept criticism because this is something I have strong convictions about. I hope that I can at least stimulate thinking and honest discussion among my fellow South African brothers and sisters.
I celebrate the new discovery of the creature dubbed Homo Naledi. Actually I celebrate all archaeological discoveries that, in the words of Deputy President Cyril Ramaposa, ‘help to unearth knowledge about our present.’ Yet my celebration ends with the conclusions made by Paleoanthropologists, scientists and archaeologists regarding its true origin. This is the reason for my article.
Evolution and natural selection
Firstly this research focuses on a teaching referred to as evolution. This theory, popularized by Charles Darwin and idolized at Maropeng, proposes that one species changes into another species. This evolutionary process is based on a process called ‘Natural Selection’. In other words, the strongest species were able to survive and reproduce, and the weaker species died off or were killed by the stronger ones. This process eventually produced ape-like creatures who evolved into man himself. Thus humans are the ultimate product of evolution and of millions of years of death and suffering. I don’t disregard the process of natural selection as being irrelevant or unimportant in the world in which we live in today. I simply do not agree with its meaning as described above. The type of natural selection I do agree with is the process whereby species are able to change, or better adapt, to its changing environment to be able to survive. Adapting to an environment is very different to changing into another species.
The ‘big bang’
Secondly the theory of evolution is underpinned by a story called the ‘big bang’. The big bang is at the heart and foundation of the evolution theory. Evolutionists believe that 13-14 billion years ago, a big bang caused the universe to begin from nothing. Galaxies, stars and planets formed as matter, scattered across the universe, cooled and combined. About five billion years ago, the earth itself formed. The earth, it is claimed, cooled for a billion years or so, water formed on the surface, and in this primordial ocean, molecules somehow arranged themselves together to form the simplest one-celled life forms. This is taught at the Maropeng Historical Site.
Evolution is a worldview
As you can see I have thought a great deal about evolution as I have read and studied its claims. I respect those who hold to its teachings but I humbly disagree with it as a worldview. Evolution is one of many worldviews around today. A worldview is simply how a person views the world or reality. A worldview influences how a person answers the big questions of life. One of those big questions that we are all seeking to answer is regarding the origin of mankind. In other words we are all seeking to answer the question, “Where did we come from?” Is this not one of the real reasons why there is so much celebration in the world today over the find of Homo Naledi? We have found a new specifies that will better help us to understand where we came from. Yet this worldview leaves no room for a supernatural creator. Therefore it is an atheistic worldview that needs to answer this question without an intelligent designer. Through the ‘big bang’ story and three primary mechanisms: natural selection, mutations, and lots of time this apparently explains how the first simple-celled life form came into existence.
In light of this information this worldview has to hold to the belief that everything came from nothing! Evolutionists can promote their “goo-to-you-via-the-zoo” theory at Maropeng, but underlying this worldview is the belief that the very first life form came from nothing. Furthermore evolution masquerades itself under the pretense of science. The past cannot be scientifically proven through operational science but rather like all history must be searched with the help of forensic science. This involves deduction, speculation, circumstantial evidence, and eyewitness testimony. And ultimately because there were no human eyewitnesses when the universe was created, including evolutionists and creationists, this is a matter of faith and not science. Yes that might surprise you to see that ‘religious’ term used here but atheists require faith just as much as creationists do to belief what they do- Perhaps even a bit more.
The question of God
In opposition to the atheistic worldview is the theistic worldview. Atheism believes that there is no God; theism believes that there is a God. God is the fundamental difference between these two faith-based worldviews. Therefore creationists believe that instead of everything coming from nothing, it all came from someone. This, in my opinion, requires less faith than what is believed by atheists. These days all the onus is placed on the creationist to prove that there is a God. I would humbly respond that perhaps the onus lies with the atheist to disprove that there is a God.
Is it not possible that Homo Naledi was a creature created by God? It seems to have had an intelligence to be able to bury its own dead and to control fires. Maybe that’s because it was intelligent. Why are we so quick to dismiss an intelligent designer as the reason for its origin? Or better yet for our existence as human beings? Where did we get the ability to think, reason, and create? Why do we have laws to govern the outworking of morals if we are nothing more than evolved animals? Why do we love? Why don’t we see ape-like creatures becoming human beings today? Why do we see miracles today? Why do human beings consider their eternity on their death beds? Why is human DNA so complex and coded?
It’s good to ask why and not to accept everything you have been taught or hear in the news.