The continuing existence of apes is a big issue with creationists. Earlier this year we wrote about a certain Seattle think tank that was struggling with the chimp issue: Discoveroids: “No Facts, Please, We’re Creationists”.
The last time AIG wrestled with the problem (unsuccessfully) was discussed here: If We Evolved From Monkeys, Then Why …? AIG said that argument should no longer be used by creationists, but at the time we thought they wouldn’t be able to get away with it.
Now it seems that the ape question is back at AIG, but this time it’s in a form we’ve never seen before, so for that reason this is interesting. Their article is AIG’s answer to this question which they received. The bold font was added by us, and scripture references are omitted:
My son asked me an interesting question the other day which I struggled to give a satisfactory answer. If God knew that apes and the like would be used so passionately by evolutionists to support their theory, why did he create them?
Hey — good question! Why would evolutionists be given such striking evidence? If we were specially created, why is there anything around that looks even remotely related to us? Here are some excerpts from AIG’s answer to that profound question:
First, similarities between organisms — like those between humans and apes — cannot be used to prove evolution. All living creatures down to bacteria share similarities … . We can argue that the similarities are actually evidence for a common Designer.
Yes, the Designer could reuse some designs, but why did the Designer reuse that design? It wasn’t necessary if we were specially designed, and the reuse of that particular design gives evolutionists evidence to support their theory. Let’s read on:
Whether one interprets similarities as evidence for evolution from a common ancestor or evidence for the Designer depends on one’s presuppositions. The evolutionary idea of homology — inferring common descent from structure similarity — is an assumption by those who reject the Creator’s account in the Bible.
Okay, but the question still remains: Why create apes at all? We continue:
Second, God designed apes to show His creative power, but belief in man as a highly-evolved ape may become a sign of judgment when man honors the creature rather than the Creator. Although man was created to know and glorify God, the first man and woman rebelled against Him for a satanic lie. Satan, the “father of lies,” deceived Eve by distorting the truth and leading her to doubt God’s Word. Eve was deceived, and Adam willfully ate the forbidden fruit. Their sin brought death and suffering into the world.
Does any of that answer the question? Here’s more:
Ever since the Fall, Satan continues to employ his insidious method: taking God’s truth and twisting it to deceive sinful man.
One of those lies is evolution. Atheists use evolution to deny the truth of God’s Word, relying instead on man’s fallible reasoning alone to explain the origin and design of the world.
Okay, we get it now. The ape — as visual evidence of evolution — is something like the forbidden fruit. If we allow ourselves to be misled by such evidence, we’re doomed! So the ape is a trap cunningly set by Satan. All clear new? No, it isn’t clear to us. The question still remains: Why was the ape created in the first place, if it’s so easily used by the devil? AIG has an answer:
Third … If God had not created apes, however, evolutionists would just find another “common ancestor.” The problem is not the evidence, but sinful man’s faulty interpretation of the evidence made in a futile attempt to avoid recognizing the Creator, Law Giver, and Judge. Instead of not creating things Satan would warp for evil, God sent the remedy for the deadly disease of sin: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Aha! So there you are. AIG says you have to choose — the ape or Jesus. It’s your choice, dear reader. One final excerpt:
In conclusion, our pastor often gets tough “why” questions from his daughter, but he says the answer is ultimately easy: “Because God wanted to.” Knowing God’s infinite wisdom and holy nature, we should trust His will and ways.
There you have it — the ultimate explanation! Now you know.
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