I think that most Christians believe that the focus of God’s work is us…humankind. Human behavior and beliefs? And we also believe that God is responsible for Earth and all of life that is here? If so, how do we reconcile the time frames prior to our existence? What took so long and why did He take so long to get us to this point? Is there a rationale for this observation? Many would say that it doesn’t matter, but I wonder if there can be a logic found for this?
For the first 99.995% of the existence of life on Earth, there was nothing to even resemble a bipedal ape, much less a human. If you consider the existence of life on Earth to begin on the 1 yard line of a football field of 100 yards, the first AMH only surfaced at 2/10 of an inch from the goal line. That’s .18" !!
The time scales are almost unimaginable. Earth was created ~4.5 Bya. The first life, single celled, very soon thereafter. And then for a billion years it remained so. Then around 800 Mya the first animals evolved. Then suddenly at 543 Mya the Cambrian Explosion, with many new body forms, but so far nothing important
400 Mya insects evolved, and at 250 Mya the Permian extinction wiped most of it out, with reptiles and early mammals surviving. A few years later, we had birds from dinosaurs, then at 200 Mya the Triassic extinction allowed dinosaurs to dominate and warm-blooded mammals evolved, but the first placental at only 100 Mya.
The first Primate wasn’t until 85 Mya just before the asteroid that wiped out all non-flying dinosaurs and allowed us mammals to evolve further. Only 10 Mya did the Old World Monkeys diverge, from which we were to finally evolve.
At 8 Mya, the split of hominini into Hominina and Panina (chimpanzees) occurred, but the very first “human clade” of Australopithecine wasn’t until 4.2 Mya. Our genus of Homo came at 2 Mya, but Homo sapiens did not split away until only 500,000 years ago! And the first anatomically modern human (AMH) at 200,000 y.a.
So to my point, for the first 99.995% of the existence of life on Earth (200K/4B), there was nothing to even resemble a bipedal ape, much less a human. If you consider the existence of life on Earth to begin on the 1 yard line of a football field of 100 yards, the first AMH only surfaced at 2/10 of an inch from the goal line. That’s .18"!! If we are the focus of God’s sovereign grace, why did He wait so long for us to become relevant? And if we can find no logic for it, should it threaten anyone’s faith?