In a mind where God is not welcome, how could one with full honesty admit, that a human life has more value than let’s say, a muskrat?
In a world where God is not welcome, what is the criteria that humanity is a higher form of life, and how does one arrive at such a conclusion?
In a heart where God is not welcome, if an animal has equal rights and value as man, and if man has no spirit, why then would men keep records of the deceased while the boll weevil has no caretaker to document his posterity? I asked once and received no answer: why do we not keep genealogies for ground hogs……..
A man cannot create a dam like a beaver, so once more, how is man more creative than an animal? Who decides? The Hoover Dam? an engineering marvel, but the beaver built his structure without any dam plans.
Or one could simply bow to this revelation by the Creator:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Ah dominion, now there is a good word. Cattle do not knit a sweater using the wool from sheep, nor do brook trout know how to milk a dairy cow. Man is the crown jewel of God’s creatures, and without this knowledge as a standard, ideas are pretty much a cesspool of imagination.
Have you heard the one about whales being friends with four-legged critters? Yeah, maybe the whale also operated a tannery or was a blacksmith making iron shoes for horses. Far fetched? Not really, if one believes there is no Creator, then anything goes.
If man is ultimately no different from an animal, then why can’t a wolf show some manners and ask nicely before he steals the sheep? Or is it possible the nature of man and animals are a bit different? Sorry, another stupid question.
Dominion. The ultimate supremacy of control. In the right hands it is beautiful. This would be the Creator as the Ultimate, but here we are, and our hands are a bit dirty, where dominion has been used and abused.
The winner of the Super Bowl dominated. Russia wants to dominate. Kasparov the chess master dominates. Using eminent domain lawlessly is the abuse of dominion. Killing someone without a cause is usurping dominion.
And certainly mankind has abused the animal kingdom, then again, we have abused each other, but still, let God be true. God is blameless as to the deeds of men, where dominion has gone sideways, and it is a pity to extend the hand of seed to a sparrow, only to have him flee in dread because of the notoriety of men. The sparrow is not completely wrong, yet the fearful bird sings the praises of man’s dominion over him, while the one with seed would not dream of hurting him.
There are a zazillion proofs of a Creator, but Man……Man himself is the most obvious. With the ability to create and to dominate the earth, the seas, under the earth, the skies, the image of God can clearly be seen upon all of mankind.
Another simple proof? the great lengths people travel to try to dismiss Him, but sorry, no can do. See, there is this thing called a conscience. Thank God.