DBowling wrote:thatkidakayoungguy wrote:DBowling wrote:One more quick thought that I had this morning...
In Genesis 1:28 God directs his image bearers to fill the earth and subdue it.
Species homo sapiens sapiens is the only hominid species to actually fulfill that directive.
All other hominid species are extinct.
True, though in a way, one could say the other two human subspecies or species I mentioned fulfilled that too, but by trace DNA in the larger Sapien Sapien subspecies. Not as a subspecies as a whole. So that wouldn't in itself mean the other two weren't image bearers of God.
I'm not following you here.
100% of the humans on the planet today can trace their genetic ancestry back to a mitochondrial eve and y-chromosome adam (not to be confused with the Biblical/historical Adam and Eve) who were species homo sapiens sapiens and lived in Afrca 150,000 to 200,000 years ago.
In contrast, trace fragments of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA do not exist in all humans, and there are humans on the planet today who do not have trace fragments of either Neanderthal or Denisovan DNA.
So species homo sapiens sapiens is the only hominid species who has fulfilled the directive to fill the earth and subdue it and therefore be identified as image bearers of God.
It was mostly just a restatement of something I said earlier. Since we see that Neanderthal and Denisovan genes are still in some, though yes not all, Sapien populations, and those genes came in after Sapiens began our existence, and those Sapien populations (anyone not of Sub-Sarahran Africa) are fully human, I would think Neanderthal and Denisovan were fully human too.