then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7
Are humans special or just an accident of random mutations to DNA that resulted in a new species of primates, homo sapiens? If you look at any biology textbook or read any book by Richard Dawkins or talk with a proponent of evolution then the answer we are just a luck accident. Humans are really no different than any other animal no better but just maybe worse. We are just captives of our DNA. Free will is just an illusion.
It doesn’t take an expert to see that we are in fact very different than any other animal on earth. We are the only creatures that have language and can write and pass our knowledge down generations. We are the only creatures that create art just for the sake of creating it with no evolutionary advantage whatever. We are the only creature that can enjoy the sunset. We make music just for enjoyment. We are able to think in the abstract. We can plan not just for tomorrow but for next year and for years afterward. We are the only creature that buries our dead and in doing so recognize an afterlife. And no other primate has been as successful as humans. Not only has our population exploded but we are able to live anywhere on land. We can control our environment so we can also live underwater, in space and on the moon.
In fact there are many differences between humans and any other creature. We are self-aware and we recognize that others are self-aware. We are the only animal that is completely helpless for the first year or more of our lives. No other young is so totally dependent on their parents. Even marsupial young can crawl from the birth canal to its mother’s pouch. All other primates can cling to its mother from birth. Human babies cannot even support their own heads. The only thing we have in common with the rest of the animals is that we too are composed of flesh, blood and bone.
When you actually compare all the differences, special creation is not a very large leap. In fact it is the only explanation that makes sense. From an evolutionary aspect what advantage can possible be great enough to cause a creature to be so helpless for so long? But, if we are created by God in God’s image then humans do make sense.
Everything that makes us different from all other creatures on earth makes perfect sense when we look at whose image we were created in. We may look on the surface like an ape but once we get past the superficial we most look like our creator.
Have a blessed day,