Our family, the apes

If there is one thing we have heard not once, but probably thousand of times, it is that people are genetically very closely related to chimpanzees.  We supposedly share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees.  It is actually less, but for the time being, let’s leave it at 98%.

#  The similarities between people and some other creations

  • New Scientist, ‘Mice and men share about 97:5% of their working DNA, just one per cent less than chimps and humans.’  They reckon that neither genome has changed much since we shared a common ancestor 100 million years ago. 1,2  Of course we don’t agree with their time scale or a common ancestor.
  • We share 44% with fruit flies;
  • 26% with yeast:
  • 18% with a weed (thale cress). 3 
  • The DNA of people is also very similar to that of kangaroos.  There are a few differences where we have a few more of this and a few less of that, but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order.

#  Why the similarities?

We share proteins, cells, et cetera with other organisms.  That testifies that the Creator used the same ‘template,’ but He adapted it to the different kinds.  Why is there then such a difference between the morphology (outside appearance) of humans and chimpanzees, if our DNA is so similar? It depends on how the genetic ‘book’ is read.  Most people who do not agree with the evolution propaganda, recognise that man is different from the ape family and for that matter, from all other created beings.

#  An instructive Bible verse

For people who like to tout our similarity to chimps (it’s an effort to get rid of God’s special creation of man), the following is an instructive Bible verse, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches more to us than to the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?’ 5  God never teaches chimps, kangaroos, or mice about the Kingdom of God and how wonderful it is.


Evolutionary propaganda will be with us till the end of this age.  Scripture, however, tells us we are special in God’s sight, and He calls us all to join His Kingdom.  That invitation will not change till the end of this age.


  1. Andy Coghlan, New Scientist, Daily News, 20 May 2002. Journal reference: Science (vol 296, p 1661).
  2. National Institutes of Health, New Comprehensive vies of the mouse genome finds many similarities and striking differences with human genome., November 19, 2014.
  3. Koshland Science Museum, Putting DNA to Work.
  4. Jenny Graves, Mail Online, June 2, 2016
  5. Job 35:11

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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