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6000 Human Fossils?
The Smithsonian Human Origins web site says there 6,000 human fossils. I believe there are fewer since we'd need to deduct those that are actually ape fossils. But, that's not the issue. If humanity has been around for a couple of million years, or even just several hundred thousands years, there shuld be A LOT more human fossils. A LOT!
Suggested reading: Where Are All The People?
I can remember sitting in my high school science class. It was the science classroom located at the front of the building. I was in the far left row, third seat from the front. The teacher, Mr. Reynolds, was talking about evolution. At this time I firmly believed in evolution, but still the question popped into my mind... where are all the graves? If people had been around as long as Mr. Reynolds was saying, there had to have been billions of people who lived and died. Where were all the fossils of these people? And people leave behind a lot of trash. Where was all the trash?
When a fish or animal dies, the carcass is eaten by other animals, birds and bacteria. They are quicky gone. Nothing left. But when people die the body is buried. The use of cremation wsa not common until fairly recently. The bodies would be buried and decay, but there should still be evidence such as bones and gravesites. Where are all the human graves? Then I had another thought, where are all the people? Shouldn't there be A LOT more people living today? The numbers were not adding up.
In the above suggested article Don Batten does the calculations. Using very conservative round numbers, if humans evolved from apes one million years ago, and taking into account disease, wars, etc. we can conservatively assume an average population growth rate of 0.01% per year. That would result in 1043 people living today. That number again is ten followed by 43 zeros. You can't imagine a number that big. There is only room on all the land area on earth for 2 X 1014 people, assuming everyone is standing up. Where are all the people?
Those who believe in evolution assume the human population remained steady, numbering in just the millions, for most of the millions of years since humans became humans. They say that disease, injuries, lack of food, and wars killed off most people. This means people were born, but died off young. But the numbers still don't add up. If this huge number of people died, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? Where are the billions, of trillions, of gazillions (bigger number than you can imagine) of graves? Where is all the debris people leave? We should be buried in bones and fossils.
On the other hand, the numbers do add up perfectly for a world that is just 6,000 years old, that had a global flood about 4,500 years ago.
For more information about atheism:
Where Are All the Human Fossils?
Population Growth (ICR Video 2:00
Population Study Standoff (ICR Article)
Credits for images used in the video:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Neanderthal_Museum_06.jpg -- Einsamer Schütze
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Homo_erectus_pekinensis_%28cast_of_Zhoukoudian_III%29_at_G%C3%B6teborgs_Naturhistoriska_Museum_8768.jpg -- Gunnar Creutz
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Homo_erectus_Peking_man_skull.jpg -- Netha Hussain
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dmanisi-D3444._Homo_erectus_or_Homo_georgicus.jpg -- Ryan Somma from Occoquan, USA
THE GOOD NEWS
What makes this good news is the bad news about you:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin means breaking the law. In this case God's law. This is bad news because perfection is required by God. Lawbreakers must pay the just penalty for breaking the law. That penalty is the lake of fire (the second death).
All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8
Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.'
You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...
Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true, and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.