Jesus And The Neanderthals

Q. I’d be interested in what your thoughts are concerning reconciling the creation of Adam and Eve, as explained in the Holy Book, with the skeletal, anthropological evidence of the existence of other hominid species, especially the skeletal remains of “Neanderthals”, who were here on Earth for several hundred thousand years? Outside of the “nephilim” in Genesis and Numbers, no other humanoid creature is mentioned. Jesus talked about Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and many other Old Testament teachings, but never about prior humanoids.

A. Jesus never spoke about Neanderthals being on Earth several hundred thousand years before Adam and Eve because the Bible asserts that all the animal species including mankind were created on the 6th day of creation which took place about 6,000 years ago. When it comes to the creation account, we must choose between God’s account and man’s account. Trying to reconcile the two is neither necessary nor possible. Since God was the only eyewitness, and since man’s account originated with unbelievers who were trying to deny the existence of God, I’ve chosen to accept His word for how and when it happened.

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