Science

If all the people who said WE should be consistent were THEMSELVES consistent ... we could talk.

It's obvious that human beings should treat animals well, but when it comes to animal life versus human life, we must favor God's creatures who are made in His image. Passages such as Genesis 9:2-6 and Exodus 21:28-36 are instructive. Indeed, human beings are "exceptional."

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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Science can tell us amazing facts about life – what it’s made of, how biological systems work together, and what people are like before birth. For instance . . .

  • Your heart will beat more than 3.2 billion times over your lifetime.
  • It began beating when you were 3 weeks and 1 day old.
  • Before you were born, your heart beat approximately 54 million times!

While science can only speculate on life’s origin, the Bible is definitive:

  • God the Father “has life in Himself.” (John 5:26)
  • “The Spirit gives life.” (Jn. 6:63)
  • Jesus is “the life.” (Jn. 14:6)

He is, after all, “the living God.” (1 Timothy 4:10) All life – eternal and physical – is from Him and of Him. We celebrate life in all its forms because it is His gift.

But what’s special about human life? Why do we talk about it as being “sacred”?

Here are some of the reasons that people give -- 

Science: “Human development is a continuous process beginning with fertilization and continuing throughout pregnancy, birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and into old age.” (The Endowment for Human Development)

Natural law: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The Declaration of Independence)

Revelation: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” (Genesis 1:26)

Does one carry more weight with you than another? Why? And, is that important?

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