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Question and Answer

Was the ability to speak given to man by God or did it evolve?

This issue must be put in the context of the wonder of language. God Himself is a God who speaks. He brought the world into existence by His word (Gen. 1:1–31; Ps. 33:6). In the Old Testament understanding of language, the spoken word itself was an entity, an event with the power to impact reality. This is especially true of God’s word, a force that accomplishes His purposes in history (Isa. 55:9–11).

Even though people are fallen, we all bear the image of God. An aspect of that image in us is the ability to speak, the capacity to communicate our thoughts and emotions through the vehicle of language. The ability to communicate with language is a linguistic miracle and a precious gift that God has given to us.

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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