“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
- John 15:18-25
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
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.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
- Genesis 1:24-27
What is one of the links to the past two posts in this post? The problem starts with a Supreme Court decision, a decision that ignores Biblical teaching. Let’s leave the Creation story out of schools and replace it with Evolution.
Maybe this issue is my personal issue, and I should get over it, and maybe it stems from something my Dad said long ago. We had always had beagles. The last of our beagles was named Anna, just like the dog in the photo. I found Anna underneath the shrubbery, cold and stiff. She’d either eaten something bad for her or she had been bitten by something poisonous. Most of our dog deaths came from being run over by cars and trucks, but Anna had no marks on her. My Dad saw the tears. He said, “No crying, it’s just livestock.” (But it was the last one… Beauty’s long line of off-spring ended here. Beauty was Anna’s great-great … grandmother.) He pointed me to the shovel and told me to bury her deep. According to farm folk, the animals serve a purpose. One of those purposes, at least the pets, is to show love for their master. It’s a shame that we do not show love for God in the same manner that our pets show love for us, a total dependence, an everlasting gratitude. But that being said, we need to understand a bit about our role in God’s creation.
There is good that comes from bad situations. The Apostle Paul says so, and I learned so on Sunday afternoon, a week ago. I had slept poorly, getting up earlier than usual to be fully prepared to teach Sunday school, after spending half the night tossing and turning, less than two hours of deep sleep according to my new watch. But what does a watch know?
Add to this, there was no sports to watch due to the coronavirus concerns. I wanted to watch a game when I felt so exhausted that I could not spend time writing. My head was foggy, needing sleep. I turned to the local Christian channel, thinking that I would simply drift off to sleep for a couple of hours that afternoon. They had a television show on, Origins. Their special guest was Georgia Purdom, a PhD in molecular genetics. Since her last name was almost the same as my mother’s maiden name, Purdon, I became a little more awake.
Then, when she started going through her PowerPoint presentation and drawing on the screen, I was hooked. As a retired instructor, I am crazy about such things, but all kidding aside, she was talking about the lies that science tells regarding our cousins, the chimps. Then she spoke of more lies regarding the genetic data passed down from the first woman, in the mitochondrial DNA.
Those opposing the Biblical account of the Origins of Man are skipping the rest of this post to register their protests in the comments but take up your arguments with Dr. Purdom. She showed a linear string of DNA known to show that the chimp is our cousin, but she says that the scientists have clipped a very small portion of DNA that is highly suggestive of a similarity in families, ignoring the majority that does not match at all, as being insignificant. Yes, insignificant in that it proves them wrong. Even in this agreement area, there are a few differences, some that they fail to report in their findings – making the percentage of agreement higher than it is, even for a cherry-picked sample – something I was taught to never do, or otherwise be condemned as a non-scientist.
Okay, before you start thinking that chimps are our cousins due to a few similarities, DNA determines what internal organs you have, that you have things that look like fingers and toes, etc. Humans and chimps are both mammals. All those significant things would be the same. We do not have hooves. We only have one stomach, thus we are not cousins with a cow, but let’s use a little common sense here, please. Those factors are probably the sum-total of this agreement area, one of the differences is that we have opposable thumbs, but both have ‘thumbs.’
Dr. Purdom then went into a discussion of Mitochondrial Eve, and she made a great argument that mankind should be considered closer to the Biblical narrative of the age of mankind, rather than what evolution says, based on the variants in mitochondrial DNA. There are simply not enough differences to suggest that mankind has been around for 100,000 years or more. It’s more like 6,500 years, about the same as what the Biblical narrative calculates to be.
By this point, I was wide awake.
She went back to Genesis 1 and 2, where God had created the birds and fish on day 5 and the land animals on day 6, but none were a suitable partner for the man, who had been created in God’s image. Notice in the Scripture. God created the animals. Period. God said it was good. He then created man in His image, and then skipping to Genesis 1:31, God said it was very good. The other animals on earth are not distant cousins.
Yet, unless we teach this story to our children at home, they’ll never hear it. I have talked to so many Christians that do not believe the first ten-plus chapters of Genesis, Creation through the tower of Babel. To them, that was a moral play to let the people of Israel know that God was God, so don’t mess with Him.
I have heard countless others in the church (corporate, not necessarily the one I attend now) make excuses for the group of ‘believers’ in the last paragraph. This second group of ‘believers’ don’t want controversy and division, so they determine, as based on their own ignorance, that belief in those chapters is not necessary for salvation.
Hmmm. Didn’t the Apostle Paul say that all Scripture was God-breathed and written for our instruction? Why do people ignore 10+ chapters? Why avoid this controversy?
But, I want to add to the controversy rather than subtract from it.
In recent news, PETA announced that the word “pet” was demeaning and would hurt the animal’s feelings. As if we were owners and the pet was something owned?!?! How dare anyone think that!!!! We were never to use the word “PET” again. I complied, and gave homage to the crazy-as-a-loon organization by reciting their new name back to the television. I said, “Aaaaaa.” If you haven’t noticed, “PET” is part of their name, so how can we never use it anymore? I know, a joke, once analyzed, is dead. Thank you, Mark Twain, for pointing that out.
Okay, we already call our pets a member of the family. We call pet owners the mother and father of the pet. Now, we must elevate the pet to a status equal, or even above, the status of ‘fellow human.’
Where does this come from?!?!?!?
Might it stem from our idea, taught in schools around the world, that we are cousins with chimps? Then all mammals are simply more distant cousins. I heard a father yell at his daughter one day, “Stop French kissing the dog! It’s not natural!” And yes, the child was doing that, curled up on the sofa, making out with the dog. But in the secular world view, isn’t the dog far enough away from our first cousins, the chimps, to be a “kissing cousin?” My point is, as I love to use sarcasm, when we open the door, just a little, to think that we evolved from a common ancestor to the animals, we have opened a “Pandora Box’ that allows us to get crazy with the idea. Sometimes the dog acts more civilized than the children, but that does not make the dog a human, and we must understand that.
I saw another program, while bored with nothing to watch, and too tired to write. A monkey was baring its teeth. The human thought the monkey was smiling, so he smiled back. Then the monkey attacked. The monkey’s ‘smile’ was a sign of agitation and aggression. We think the monkey, as a cousin, uses familial and similar facial expressions. Why think anything else, since we are ‘really related?’
In thumbing through the internet, there was a news report that a cat had experienced a day at the beach for the first time (Is this news?!) and there was video evidence that the cat smiled the entire day. Thinking of the monkey’s smile, are we failing to realize that what we think is a smile may not be a smile and the cat was bored to tears? Or maybe the cat was smiling, as it thought, “Litter box as far as the eye can see!”
Wake up, people! Dogs, cats, and monkeys are not humans. Not even close. The scientists, who say that they are, have cherry-picked data that suggests something, and they have ignored the overwhelming evidence that proves them wrong. They wave their hands in a way that proves they are not real scientists, saying that the “other facts” are insignificant. A real scientist would not state anything without overwhelming data.
So, since we think that we are related to these animals, we treat them like family, instead of treating them as pets or, as my Dad said to me many years ago, as livestock. The Scripture above does not ever mention pets, just livestock and wild animals.
Sure, you love your dog, cat, or other animal. You take care of them. That’s good. Some animals can be great stress relievers, but they are not made in the image of God. They are not your cousins.
My wife and I have no pets at the present, as our landlady forbids it. Some people came to our home, saw cobwebs in a room, and they cleaned the room. I should have been grateful, but every time I looked at those cobwebs before these people visited, I saw one of God’s creatures that wasn’t bothering me, and the spiders provided a service, eating the bugs that might bother me. You may think this demented (and maybe I do too, a little), but I mourned the loss of unseen friends, as I had only seen the cobwebs, not the spiders that made them. And I have been upset ever since, with the overabundance of stink bugs that have taken advantage of the absence of the spiders. Stink bugs bother me, and they freak my wife out. We’re talking major hissy fit! But even then, the spiders were not family.
In considering our animals family and not the hated word “pets,” we are taking the rabbit trail that started with ignoring the evidence and ignoring the Biblical record in favor of a failed science that requires more “faith” than does accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I’ll let Mark Lowry explain. Mark Lowry said that he didn’t have enough faith to be an atheist, where they believe all ‘this’ (waving his hands and meaning ‘everything’) happened randomly, and with no Creator. Lowry just had a little faith, enough faith to believe in a Creator that loves us and carefully designed an entire universe, and when God was done, He said it was good, very good.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.