thatkidakayoungguy wrote:Which brings us right to the OP: what type of man was Neanderthal? Some think they weren't truly human, others do. Imo evidence shows they were truly human.
But if we entertain the thought that they weren't fully human, what would the spiritual stance be for them? Doomed sinners? Not able to comprehend God so they are under the age of accountability? Spiritually like regular people so in need for a savior they could have faith on? As you said, this is ultimately speculation.
Since I do not believe that neanderthals are humans, then spiritually speaking they would not be 'image bearers of God' and they would not have a soul. They would be in the same spiritual condition as a modern day gorilla.
The more intriguing question for me is what is the spiritual state of pre-Adamic humans (species homo sapiens sapiens)
There are three points in human history that are significant to me at least.
- Around 200,000 years ago we see evidence of the first appearance of physically modern humans (species homo sapiens sapiens) in Africa.
- Around 50,000 years ago we see the beginnings of modern human behavior in humans and it is around that time that humans successfully cross the Red Sea and migrate out of Africa.
- Then around 10,000 years ago we see the beginnings of the Neolithic Revolution and the Birth of Human Civilization in Mesopotamia, which BTW corresponds in time and location with the Biblical Adam and Eve.
So the questions for me become?...
When did species homo sapiens sapiens become an image bearer of God (Gen 1:26-27)?
When did species homo sapiens sapiens become a 'living soul' (Gen 2:7)?
What does it mean to be an image bearer of God?
What does is mean to be a living soul?
Those are the questions that I am working through at the moment.