Science can tell us many things about life, but only speculate on its origin. Similarly, science can say a lot about human beings, but only guess at our significance.
Without God's word, we have little to go on, other than all the amazing things we can do that other creatures cannot.
How does the Bible help? In Genesis 1, God uses one pattern to describe the creation of plant, bird, and animal life:
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
. . . God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
. . . God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12-27)
He used a different pattern to describe the creation of man:
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. . . . God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. (Gen. 1:31)
He gave man dominion over the other forms of life and later continued the “image of God” pattern when describing procreation:
In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created. When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. (Gen. 1:28-29, 5:1-3)
Human beings beget other human beings –- not "after their kind," but "in the image." Specialness is passed from one generation to the next.
Nothing nonhuman has ever come from human parents, yet scientists and philosophers would like us to believe that if a person’s incapable of doing certain things, he or she is subhuman. This category could include babies not yet born, the profoundly disabled, and those who’ve become unconscious.
We, on the other hand, trust that all human offspring bear the image of God regardless of ability. This is true at every stage of life and in every condition of life -– whether a person is born-again or unregenerate, young or old, able-bodied or incapacitated.
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