We aren’t animals; we’re created in God’s image
To the editor:
President Trump has recently caused another controversy by calling members of the vicious MS-13 gang “animals.” The back and forth over the use of the word “animal” when referring to these violent individuals raises question about modern culture. Every public school and most private and public universities constantly teach their idea of truth, that people are merely animals evolved over time from primates or perhaps the rat colonies that survived the catastrophic event that killed the dinosaurs.
That is in stark contrast to the biblical teaching that people are the pinnacle of God’s creation, made in his image. People are not animals and we sense that the Bible is true in stating the dignity and nobility of people far above the animal kingdom. That is why we say people are acting like animals when they resort to immoral and violent behaviors. They are not following the bonility of what it means to be a person created in God’s image.
When you eat a hamburger, you don’t think that you are eating a relative. One evolutionist Penn State professor was asked if he would eat human flesh. He responded that he would not because he didn’t think it would taste good and nature had provided the food chain for what people should eat. You have to wonder about the PETA members. Why aren’t they out teaching the animals not to eat each other if they think people should not eat animals?
The evolutionary idea of common descent of animals means people are the result of millions of years of mutations leading from pond scum to the human brain. No evolutionist should take offense at calling people “animals.” After all, that is what they tell us we are: animals and nothing greater. It is against the law in most states for a school district to teach that people are created by God. The Declaration Of Independence may declare it self-evident, but we censor the creator from the classroom.
If you find yourself thinking a person is acting badly, then you have that sense whether you realize it or not that people are not merely animals. They have biological functions as the animals do, but people have an eternal soul and an accountability to God for their actions. We have a conscience unless we intentionally sear it.
To show how extreme the educational elites denounce the idea that people are anything but evolved animals, a movie was made about one scientist who has not bowed to the pressure to accept evolution as fact. Lehigh Professor Dr. Michael Behn was featured in a movie last year titled, “Revolutionary: Michael behen and the Mystery Molecular Machines.” He states the rejection of intelligent design by the scientific community is similar to someone rejecting the fact that the sky is blue. He states, “If you teach that the sky is orange for a hundred ears, then saying the sky is revolutionary.” The average person easily sees the design in nature and design indicates a designer, an intelligent source of life and the universe.
Retired Cornell Professor Dr. John Sanford was an ardent evolutionist and atheist who patented many of his discoveries in the field of plant genetics before he came to question evolution. He said he had never critically analyzed the necessary capacities of mutation and natural selection because evolution was just assumed to be true. He written a book, “Genetic Entropy,” which challenges the ability of evolutionary processes to produce the vast complexity, yet that is exactly what all educated people are expected to believe without question.
God has given people a conscience which affects most people, even people who blindly accept the lie that they are just animals. This is a tragic aspect of modern culture. Instead of treating people like animals, it is time to turn to the teachings of Jesus Christ. There you will find the basis for human dignity. Though some people act like animals, no one is. All bear the image of God and our sins were paid for by the Christ on the cross if we accept it.
Rev. Glen Bayly