Could there have been human creatures, commonly called ‘pre-Adamites’, living on Earth before God created Adam?Many readers, no doubt, will think this a foolish question, but it is, in fact, the belief of many evangelicals.In this the pre-Adamites were soulless beings which all perished in a catastrophe called ‘Lucifer’s Flood’, which allegedly occurred between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 1 “in the far-distant dateless past”.
Some even buried their dead and painted on cave walls. Then, about 10 to 25 thousand years ago, God replaced them with Adam and Eve.” Notice that Ross states that Adam and Eve lived 10–25 thousand years ago (he realizes that he can’t push the genealogies too far).
However, when the same dating methods in which he trusts said that the Australian Aborigines and American Indians lived 40–60,000 years ago, he changed the sentence in the above quote to read: “Then about 10 to 60 thousand years ago, God replaced them with Adam and Eve.” Presumably the change was made because the 25,000 year limit would mean that the Aborigines and Indians could not have been descendants of Adam and Eve.
He also believes in the same general sequence of events and the same order of appearance as evolutionists.
Although he believes that God made Adam from the dust, he also accepts the evolutionists’ long-age interpretation of the fossil record.
And leading ‘progressive creationist’ Hugh Ross teaches something similar when he says that “bipedal, tool-using, large-brained primates roamed Earth for hundreds of thousands (perhaps a million) years”.
Ross does not believe in biological evolution, although he accepts cosmic and geologic evolution and the evolutionary timescale.
For example, Ross stated on his website in 1997: “Starting about 2 to 4 million years ago God began creating man-like mammals or ‘hominids.’? They did not worship God or establish religious practices.
These creatures stood on two feet, had large brains, and used tools. In time, all these man-like creatures went extinct.
John Stott writes: “The flood seems to have been a comparatively local—though widespread—disaster.” Christian creationist anthropologist Marvin Lubenow describes the evidence of a sin nature in the (allegedly pre-Adamic) human fossil record, including examples of cannibalism, and injury due to violence, scalping and disease, including syphilis.
He writes: “Most pre-Adamite and old-Earth advocates seem to be unfamiliar with the extent of this human fossil evidence and may not realize the full significance of what they are proposing when they place the bulk of the human fossils prior to the Fall of the Biblical Adam. The human fossil record reveals the pre-Adamite theory to be in error. We find in [the human fossils] the conditions we would expect to find after the Fall of Adam, not before.” The Bible says nothing about the existence and death of any pre-Adamite creatures, either spirited or spiritless.
Such a mindset overlooks the fact that where modern science deals with origins, it is based on strict naturalism (the humanistic view that all phenomena can be explained in terms of natural, not supernatural, causes and laws).