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A Compliment Worthy of a Neanderthal

[Transcribed from the original post Did I just “talk” to your Creator? Did Neander, who walked the “thal” [valley] love the Creator as I do? Is calling someone a Neanderthal actually complimenting him/her?]

The beauty of the Neander Valley, named after my brother in Christ, Joachim Neander, likely motivated him to write hymns. Perhaps you have sung these words from one of them,

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

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The first Neanderthal skull was found there about 200 years later. Neanderthals were not wimps. Compare the left-hand skeleton to the modern human one to the right. They were NOT dumb, as their brains were actually larger than ours! We may actually be inferior to Neanderthals both in strength and intelligence.

Why have Neanderthals been depicted as and spoken of as being dumb? Is it because of evolutionary poison? I suspect it is because unbelieving scientists have tried desperately to find links between man and apes, being deluded that maybe there’s some truth in Darwin.

They willingly diminished these older humans—some perhaps even saying that someone they met was a “Neanderthal” (i.e., stupid). Unwittingly, they actually are praising the person they are trying to demean.

Why is it we humans like to diminish not only Neanderthals but people like me who reject evolution, affirm the Creator, and embrace Jesus by faith? Could it be that the Bible’s assessment of all humans is true, that we are sinners in rebellion against God—the very God some pretend doesn’t exist?

I hope I meet some Neanderthals who love Jesus as I do in heaven, and I also look forward to meeting Brother Joachim Neander there.

Jesus is God in human flesh. If you don’t believe it, why not at least ask him to open your eyes if he’s really there. When was the last time you read the Gospel of Luke? All of the Gospels are good, but consider trying Luke. He also wrote the book of Acts.

Jesus, you are Joachim’s “King of creation”!

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Cheri Fields Lake Michigan profile 2020

Written by Cheri Fields

Hi, I’m Cheri Fields: 2nd generation homeschooling mom of seven, wife, writer, and science lover. There is a wealth of information available to help people see how trustworthy God and His testimony in the Bible is. The key is to explain concepts simply so they can be understood by anyone. This is my goal, and I’ve had a lot of fun tackling areas where the world tests our faith.

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