Are Humans Really 98% Similar to Chimpanzees?

The apostle Paul said to the young Pastor Timothy, “keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee” (1 Timothy 6:20-21).

The world is filled with books and theories and ideas all having apparent truth. However, if so-called truth conflicts with the Word of God there is always a problem with the manner by which the conclusion was reached. King Solomon said toward the end of his life about all the information available in the world, “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).

I’m sure you all are familiar with the claim, “Humans are 98% similar to chimpanzees.” What you may not know, however, is that this is not true. Geneticist Jeffrey Tomkins explains that when this research took place in the 1990s:

[I]n the case of the chimpanzee sequence, they lacked good genetic resources and funding. So they used the human genome as a framework. They also based this choice on the evolutionary presupposition that humans and chimps evolved from a common ancestor. This is a belief, not a fact of science. The obvious outcome of this approach is that the chimp genome they constructed would be very human-like even if the actual genome is not.

Tomkins further notes that it is “well-documented in the scientific literature” that many of the DNA sequence databases contain significant levels of human DNA from lab workers. In forensic science, this is called contaminating the evidence.

At best, based on the little amount of accurate research we have at our disposal, humans and chimpanzees are only 85% similar. This percentage is easily accounted for by the same Creator adapting the same basic code for separate created kinds. We see this in all human engineered systems, so why not in the beings God has engineered? The burden of proof is on evolutionists to first prove that humans did indeed evolve from chimpanzees; otherwise, they have no justifiable reason for using human DNA as a framework to map chimp DNA.

The fact of the matter is, though, that there is no present evolution – only horizontal variations and extinctions; there was no past evolution – only gaps between basic kinds in the fossils; there can be no possible evolution because universal laws of conservation and decay now govern all natural processes; and there has been no period long enough for evolution, historical records going back only a few thousand years and the fossil record speaks only of rapid formation.

via The Untold Story Behind DNA Similarity | Answers in Genesis

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One Comment on “Are Humans Really 98% Similar to Chimpanzees?

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