The biggest question human beings can ask is the question of existence. Who are we and why are we here? Is there a reason? Is it all just meaninglessness and nonsense? Lots of people have claimed to have the answer to the delight or consternation of many. In his “Cipher of Genesis,” Carlo Suares muses that once you really try to comprehend your true beginning and why you are here, you come upon a brick wall of meaningless that is utterly hilarious. There really is NO reason; nothing “out there” will provide the answer! And it is then that you become born of God, your search for meaning truly beginning as you are left to find it completely within yourself. Preston Harold tells us the Bible doesn’t tell us in a scientific, objective way where we come from but rather WHO WE ARE. And WHO WE ARE still remains a great mystery:
Ardrey observes, “Were a brotherhood of man to be formed today, then its only possible common bond would be ignorance of what man is.” Perhaps the question of man can never be answered to the satisfaction of scientists, but as each man seeks to answer it to his own satisfaction there is a source to which he may return that by its very nature should inspire his confidence: humanity’s legends… The Genesis legend may be viewed as telling the story of man from the dawn of life, retelling it through each day. It tells the story from every point of view and it is also a mound of truth enfolding the inner facts of life just as a “Tell” enfolds artifacts that reveal the lives of those who built and rebuilt upon the same spot.
Even though science has gifted humanity with great strides in knowledge and will continue to do so (it has by no means exhausted its promise), it does have its limits. Our author states…
Freud’s contribution to knowledge cannot be denied, and the value of Darwin’s work is inestimable, but together their theories do not suffice to explain Homo sapiens.
From the beginning, Darwin’s theory was questioned by Wallace, who could find no explanation for the sudden, unparalleled growth of brain evidenced by man. Adler added to Darwin’s theory Lamarck’s: that the least fit often survive and become superior. But in the combination one still cannot find the germ through which was born in an animal the feeling of guilt for killing an enemy, the idea of a supranatural diety, and the concept of life after death.
And thus the need of Homo sapiens for legends and the search for meaning:
…the Adam legend says that man was sired by an energy or spirit proceeding from a non-animal being. Although man is born into the animal world, he is of this cast only in the sense that all in creation is of the supreme Creator… Humanity’s legends, man’s pristine and continuing concept of God, of deathlessness, and his conscience make of him a mystery that science has scarcely touched upon and psychology has served only to deepen. Freud wrote, “The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence, “ but in truth the man who does not ask this primary question – or who does not admit that he asks – is sick, sick of evasion of the only reality he knows: himself in being.