Evolutionists commonly claim that wisdom teeth are vestigial structures, which means, they believe those teeth are remnants of an evolutionary history. They believe that mankind went through an evolutionary change from ape to human, and in the process, as the jaw evolved from large to small, there was no more room for the teeth, so we don't need them anymore.
"There was a time when our jaws could comfortably accommodate all 32 teeth, including the third molars.
You have to go back about 100 million years ago, though, to the prehistoric version of man. Instead of walking upright, this guy got around on all four limbs, with a massive protruding jaw leading the way. Opponents of evolution place greater weight on the dietary shift and dental hygiene in lessening our reliance on wisdom teeth, discounting the role of our evolving jaws and brains. But when you line up a prehistoric jaw and a modern jaw, the space is clearly smaller. Can evolution explain the shift?"
-Molly Edmonds, "The Evolution of Wisdom Teeth," How Stuff Works, retrieved June 12, 2014, [science.howstuffworks.com/life/evolution/no-wisdom-teeth1.htm]
It is true that apes and humans both have 32 teeth, but that doesn't prove an evolutionary relationship. Giraffes also have 32 teeth, but we don't hear any talk of humans coming from giraffes. This is all based on
The evolutionist first believes on FAITH that evolution is true, then they line up an ape's jaw ["prehistoric jaw"] with a human's jaw ["modern jaw"] to make comparisons. The ape's jaw is bigger, so they conclude humans evolved from apes, and therefore, the smaller jaw means we have to take out 4 extra teeth. Again, this is completely religious, without any evidence to support it, but evolutionists
Before we go further, I should state the Bible is silent on the matter of wisdom teeth, so any information about it must be inferred based on a faith-based position that the Bible is true and is the Word of God. Just like the evolutionist, we Christians also have a presupposition we first believe to be true before approaching the evidence, but the difference is that we admit it, while the evolutionist typically lies to himself and others by refusing to verbally admit his religious faith.
Evolutionary professor Michael Ruse, Ph.D. in biology, is one of the rare evolutionists to state the truth:
" I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint... the literalists are absolutely right.
-Michael Ruse, "Saving Darwinism from the Darwinians," National Post, May 13, 2000, p. B-3; See also T.B. Fowler & D. Kuebler, The Evolution Controversy: A Survey of Competing Theories, Baker Academic, 2007, p. 41, ISBN: 9781441201645
From a creation perspective, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that wisdom teeth seem to be designed to fit in a wider jaw, which means mankind would have used to have bigger jaws in the past. The Bible gives us indication that there used to be bigger people on the earth.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
20.65 inches x 9 = 185.85 inches
185.85 inches ÷ 12 = 15.49 feet
20.65 inches x 4 = 82.6 inches
82.6 inches ÷ 12 = 6.9 feet
This mean a six-foot tall man could sleep sideways on King Og's bed, and have plenty of room to spare. Many discoveries have been made that have proven that the giants talked about in the Bible really did exist. The following image is of a 47-inch human femur that was found in Turkey in the 1950s.
We don't have any known person today living to be that tall, but there are some very tall people in this world.
"Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk has now officially become the world's tallest man standing at a towering 8ft 5 in tall... [he] has 17-inch feet."
-Rebecca Camber, "New World's Tallest Man Stands at a Towering 8ft 5ins," Mail Online, Sept 28, 2007, retrieved June 12, 2014 [www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-474101/New-worlds-tallest-man-stands-towering-8ft-5ins.html]
Mr. Stadnyk has a much bigger jaw than then rest of his family and friends, and therefore has no need to have his wisdom teeth removed, but rather he uses them to chew food. Wisdom teeth come in as a child begins to grow into an adult body. In the past, when larger men lived on the earth, wisdom teeth would have come in at a necessary time, being a necessary addition to one's mouth to fill in the open space towards the back of the jaw when chewing food.
Though Mr. Stadnyk is the tallest recorded in the world today, he certainly is not the tallest ever.
"At Walkerton, 20 miles southwest of South Bend [IN], a group of amateur archeologists opened a mound in 1925 and unearthed the skeletons of eight giants ranging from eight to nine feet (2.5- 2.75 M) long. All were wearing heavy copper armorů Through the bungling of these diggers and the
total disinterest of the archaeological museum establishment, these discoveries have now been scattered and lost."
-Jim Brandon, Weird America: A Guide to Places of Mystery in the United States, Dutton, 1978, p. 84, ISBN: 9780525474913
Why would museums not be interested in a group of 9-ft tall skeletons in heavy copper armor? Because there is a religious faith called "evolution," and these giant humans don't fit into their preconceived theory, thus they are ignored. Giant humans indicate that we used to be bigger, and are getting smaller, which is the opposite of the evolution model, which teaches that we used to be small like a chimp, and are getting bigger.
Despite popular American beliefs, there are many people who never have their wisdom teeth removed, and they are never bothered by them. Though most dentists will automatically say you need to get them removed no matter what (an amazing coincidence is that they make money from this recommendation), there are some out there who have more sense to only recommend it if they are causing problems.
"There is much debate on the extraction of wisdom teeth when there is no pathology or problems... I personally do not advise my patients to extract their wisdom teeth unless there is a specific reason: food impaction, decay, or periodontal problems that are affection the adjacent teeth."
-Dr. Theodore Davantzis, "If my wisdom teeth aren't bothering me, why do I have to have them out?" Health Tap, retrieved June 12, 2014, [www.healthtap.com]
Though many people believe this to be a settled issue, dentists still debate it. The circumstances change with different people, and those with bigger jaws may not need surgery like those of us with smaller jaws.
Mankind used to be bigger, and now we're smaller, so the wisdom teeth don't fit in our jaws like they used to, is a much more reasonable and logical explanation to wisdom teeth than to say we evolved from soup 3 billion years ago. Some people still keep and use their wisdom teeth today, and though evolutionists will continue to claim they are vestigial structures that are a product of evolutionary change, this is simply a religious idea based on pure imagination that takes extraordianry faith to believe in. The fact that we're smaller than we used to be is due to mankind's deterioration from the perfect creation he used to be from the beginning of the world 6,000 years ago.