The Genesis Account: Fact or Fiction?


“THE BIBLE tells us God created Adam and Eve as the first people to live on Earth and that all human life that followed is descended from this single pair of original ancestors. Now, research from the University of Basel in Switzerland suggests the word of the Holy Book may be based on more scientific fact than sceptics previously thought.”

Irish Post

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” – Genesis 1:27-28

A new study concludes that all humans descended from just 2 people from about 100,000 – 200,000 years ago. They also believe this to be true for animal species as well and that a catastrophic event nearly wiped out all life on earth around this time. Does this sound familiar? It should. The bible states that all human life originated from 2 people – Adam and Eve. The bible also tells us that in the distant past, there was a global flood that nearly wiped out all life on earth. After this flood, a pair of each animal then reproduced to repopulate the earth. This seems to me to be a case of science catching up to what’s been written in the bible for thousands of years.


“A study led by Senior Research Associate Mark Stoeckle and Research Associate David Thaler has concluded that 90% of all animal species alive today come from parents that all began giving birth at roughly 250,000 years ago.
The findings could cast doubt on the patterns of human evolution many scientific studies previously supported.”

Irish Post

It should be noted however that I don’t agree with all the conclusions of this study such as the dating of 100s of thousands of years. For the most part, the researchers also don’t hold onto the biblical account of the origins of life as David Thaler states in his study, “
This conclusion is very surprising. I fought against it as hard as I could”, but they do say that what the bible says may be rooted in more scientific fact then what skeptics formerly believed which is a breath of fresh air and a step in the right direction. 

Researchers studied “mitochondrial DNA, which serves as a genetic barcode, to reach these findings…Using samples from five million animals including humans, they were able to deduce humans sprang from a single pair of adults following a catastrophic event that wiped out humanity…It’s not just humans either – nine out of every 10 animal species went through the same. Their findings are likely to spark further debate as to why human life started again such a relatively short time ago.” (Irish Post)

Although this is interesting research, believers in the Word of God don’t need to see scientific evidences presented to convince us. However, these kinds of findings can be used to present to skeptics that doubt what the bible says. If you’re interested in other articles like these that present scientific, historic, and archaeological evidence for the bible then navigate to my apologetics page. 

Sources

  1. Proof Adam and Eve did exist? Scientists reveal all humans are descended from one couple (November 26th) – Irish Post
  2. All humans may be descended from just TWO people and a catastrophic event almost wiped out ALL species 100,000 years ago, study suggests (November 24th) – Daily Mail
  3. Scientific Theory Claims Most Species Appeared 100,000 Years Ago From Two Original Parents (November 26th) – Breaking News Israel

2 thoughts on “The Genesis Account: Fact or Fiction?

  1. I listened to a report on the Amazon rainforest – scientists believe that it has been a rainforest for millikns of years (which tells me – though I neither believe thieir timeframe – that even through continental drift it has remained a rainforrest.) They are now speculating that the amazon actually acts as a pump, which pumps water out of the earth and into the air, creating a moisture canopy that surrounds it. That theory sounds much like Genesis 2:6 to me: ‘But there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.’

    Is it possible that God created many such ‘pumps,’ and that among them only the amazon survived the flood?

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