Human lice are responsible for the transmission of various diseases. Next to malaria carrying mosquitoes, lice are considered by some as being the second deadliest insect to humans.
As a parent, have you ever received a note from your child’s school informing you that your child may have lice? Or have you found yourself combing out their hair and you start noticing tiny white things near the scalp? The idea of getting infected with tiny blood sucking insects makes people’s skin crawl. I’ve actually seen mothers start scratching their own scalp at just the mention of lice.
There are three types of lice that infect humans. They are categorized by the area of the body they infect: head lice, body or clothing lice and pubic lice. Head lice and clothing lice have been known to interbreed and are very similar in appearance.
Lice have also been the subject of a study being conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Florida led by David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History. By studying the sequencing of the lice’s DNA, Reed and his colleagues believe that head lice and body lice diverged from each other approximately 170,000 years ago. Since body lice are so well adapted to clothing, (hence their other name of clothing lice), Reed concluded that this divergence marked the time when early man began to wear clothing.
Reed went on to explain that humans started wearing clothing long after they lost their body hair and about 70,000 years before they migrated into the colder northern regions.
When I read this last statement, their evolutionary assumptions about early humans jumped out at me. The part about humans losing their body hair automatically assumes that humans were as hairy as their ape ancestors, yet they have absolutely no proof on which to base such an assumption on. Besides, I’ve seen men that had a great deal of body hair, one of which was my dad. The hair on his arms, chest and back was long and thick. The kids in the neighborhood called him the “Gorilla” because of his body hair. Does this mean that my own father is a throw back to our early evolutionary heritage?
And what about Esau the bother of Jacob and son of Isaac? In Genesis 25:25 we read: The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Some may be quick to point out that babies sometimes have a fine layer of hair (lanugo hair) when they are born, but lanugo hair usually is shed soon after birth. However, Esau apparently never lost his hairy cloak when he became an adult since his brother Jacob described him in Genesis 27:11: “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. In fact, in Jacob’s attempt to convince his father Isaac that he was Esau, Jacob’s mother Rebekah placed the skins of young goats on Jacob’s hands and neck so that he would feel as hairy as his brother (Genesis 27:16).
Obviously we know that Esau wasn’t a primitive ape-like hominid, nor is my father. Yet evolutionists would want you believe otherwise.
However, the most flagrant error they make is completely denying the biblical history of mankind in the early chapters of Genesis. In Genesis 3:6-7 we read: So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
According to biblical chronology, Adam and Eve clothed themselves just over 6000 years ago, not 170,000 years ago. And I seriously doubt that Adam and Eve had parasitic lice in the perfect Garden, when they first clothed themselves.
Lastly, this is another example of why evolution and biblical creation are not compatible. Evolutionary articles like this continue to undermine the authority of God’s Word. They place man’s assumptions about the past over God’s written record of what really happened.
Sadly I still hear from so many Christians that try to mesh the two opposite worldviews into one single worldview that supposedly answers all of the arguments that they hear on a daily basis. Instead of standing on the solid rock of Scripture and defending their faith, Christian evolutionists follow Eve’s example in the Garden and succumb to the temptation to compromise their faith.
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Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago, Science Daily, Jan. , 2011.