Friday, July 23, 2010

I Am Not An Animal

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.(Genesis 1:26-27 ESV)
Godless evolutionists tell me I am an animal, nothing more than the sum total of macro mutations from the primordial ooze. If I believed I am an animal with a cosmic accident for a beginning and no future to speak of,
If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." (1 Corinthians 15:32b ESV)
But the Word of God tells me that I have been created in his image. While the Scripture doesn't define what "image of God" means (though we conjecture that it meant that Adam and Eve were created with great characteristics such as freedom of will, self-aware intelligence and moral responsibility) it does show that I am distinguished from all of the other living things on this earth.

I'm special and so are you.

People get it all wrong when they ask (or imply), "How much can we get by with without getting into trouble with God?" This is a wrong way of thinking. Rather than wanting to toe the line to the outermost boundaries of acceptability we should ask ourselves something else. "How can I glorify God and reiterate the loftiness of my creation?"

Can you glorify God by cursing out another person created in his image? Or your car when it doesn't start?

Do you reiterate the loftiness of your creation when you indulge in sophomoric bathroom humor?

Do you announce to the world that you believe you are God's special creation (and live to glorify him) when you watch a dirty movie where people are behaving like animals and not special creation of God?

This is why I don't agree with committing sin.
This is why I don't agree with drinking.
This is why I don't agree with smoking.
This is why I don't agree with cursing.
This is why I don't agree with acting like an animal, led by base instinct.

This is why I believe in love.
This is why I believe in treating others rightly.
This is why I believe in holiness.

Because God created me and you as noble beings. We were created for the highest and the greatest of noble aspirations. We were created for heaven, not the gutter.

If you want to prove the evolutionists right—that you are nothing more than an animal—go ahead. I believe I was created for better things.

As Paul said,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
The word rendered "excellence" is ἀρέτη and it is an important word. William Barclay spoke of it this way,
In classical thought it described every kind of excellence. It could describe the excellence of the ground in a field, the excellence of a tool for its purpose, the physical excellence of an animal, the excellence of the courage of a soldier, and the virtue of a man. Lightfoot suggests that with this word Paul calls in as an ally all that was excellent in the pagan background of his friends. It is as if he were saying, "If the old pagan idea of excellence, in which you were brought up, has any influence over you--think of that. Think of your past life at its very highest, to spur you on to the new heights of the Christian way." The world has its impurities and its degradations but it has also its nobilities and its chivalries, and it is of the high things that the Christian must think.
What he said.