It has long been settled

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?

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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.

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36 Responses to It has long been settled

  1. Wally Fry says:

    A zazillion is many. Well said my Brother

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    I asked once and received no answer: why do we not keep genealogies for ground hogs……..

    Actually, that’s not true, CS – I DID answer, but you declined to allow it to be posted, as you so often do. The answer is that that’s a job for groundhogs, and who can say they don’t do it?

    …how could one with full honesty admit, that a human life has more value than let’s say, a muskrat?” – It doesn’t, except to other humans.

    …what is the criteria that humanity is a higher form of life, and how does one arrive at such a conclusion?” – I can’t say that we are a “higher form of life,” all lifeforms evolve to adapt to their environments. Most animals live their entire lives in a single, unchanging environment and have little change to which to adapt, while humans have been transitory, and have settled nearly every conceivable environment on the globe. But evolution is a slow process, in most cases involving millions of years, and a species in a hostile environment can become extinct long before it has time to adapt to the conditions in which it finds itself. We humans, however, have evolved brains that allow us to invent things that extend our chances of survival, and once that survival is assured, we use our evolved intellect to invent things that make life easier for ourselves, as per Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (look it up!):

    1.1 Physiological needs
    1.2 Health and safety needs
    1.3 Love and belonging
    1.4 Esteem
    1.5 Self-actualization
    1.6 Self-transcendence

    There’s nothing supernatural about it.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      It’s not fair that you are trying to box an opponent that is yourself.

      As repeated, God has never lost an argument with ants. Put your arms down away from your eyes……….as you are blinded by your own unbelief.

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  3. ColorStorm says:

    Tricia and me wanted to coin a new word, but I think it’s been taken; still has a nice ring when connected to the things of God though.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Biblebabble?

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    • Tricia says:

      Yup, a nice ring it does, that zazillion…;)

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Clearly CS is not exactly an English scholar – it’s “Tricia and I wanted,” not “Tricia and me wanted –” – I mean, really, CS, if Tricia weren’t involved, would you say, “Me wanted –“? Come to think of it, yeah, you probably would.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Didja ever notice I say ‘ain’t,’ as a tool, but I do notice how some have no problem straining at a gnat and swallowing a hippo……… and a mere peasant like myself can be happier or understood with very little.

          (and regarding your complaints about moderation, some of us work ya know, mee un a buncha udder peeple)

          (and stop sending those cut and paste repeaters)

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        • Tricia says:

          No offense to any actual grammar scholars out there, but I’ve found the more one tends to get upset about such things like a misplaced apostrophe, the more urgent the need for that person to tend to a strategically placed stick stuck in a certain part of their anatomy. Just sayin’…..

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          (Arch says ha
          ha
          ha)

          If it had been anyone but Colorstorm, I wouldn’t have said a word.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Sorry, Tricia – clicked the “Like” button before I forgot that CS won’t allow me to “Like” comments – would you accept, “LIKE!“?

          (CS sez: HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE TO BE TOLD I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THAT)

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  4. Wally Fry says:

    Anything connected with the things of God rings quite nicely I would say

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  5. Well said, Colorstorm. Outside of the context of God, I know of no way to argue in favor of humans beings being superior to say, cockroaches. Either humans have innate worth and value because we are created in His image or we are meaningless bits of biological goo, with no more value than any other life form. When we fail to recognize our humanity, our worth and value to God as superior beings, as having dominion, atrocities tend to occur.

    In modern times, we’ve created this whole entire pet industry, animal rescues, pet massages, and many people really have come to value animals more than human beings. I love animals, I think we are supposed to be good to them, but when we are willing to watch hundreds of thousands of humans die without blinking an eye, while becoming greatly offended over the death of one lion, we got a problem. We used to have prominently displayed “save the children ads”, now we have “stop animal cruelty” ads. It turns out that people today are far more empathetic towards animals then we are towards our own kind.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      You said:

      –Outside of the context of God, I know of no way to argue in favor of humans beings being superior to say, cockroaches.–

      Nice confirming addition and to the point; it is all or nothing, and God explains it all. Impossible to argue against God, as He has a perfect record and losing zero arguments..

      ‘Evolving’ is such a wasted excuse, and a clever way to hide from the reality that yes, man was created in the image of God, so unlike any thing else that moves.

      Thank you much for such a thoughtful response ms bytes. And of course, agreed as to your animal emphasis.

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  6. Elihu says:

    I have often asked similar questions. In fact, I think it would make a good “ask the atheist” segment.

    I also like the word zazillion. 🙂 I might start using that one.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx for popping by Elihu. Yep, use it all you want, no copyrights on the alphabet 😉

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Elihu – isn’t that the little guy in the story of Job that no one pays any attention to? I mean, seriously, both Job and his visitors talk around him like he isn’t even there. Some scholars have said that he was added centuries later, by another author.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Is there anything you won’t assault Arch? I mean really, your entire presence here is fabricated on nothing but name calling and personal insults. You don’t even know that commenter, nor have you taken any chance to actually speak to him, yet the first thing you do is insult him. For no other reason than he is a Christian commenter. Now, if that was me reacting that way to an entire class of people, the words: bigot, intolerant, prejudiced…would be screamed from the roof tops

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Good point wally, and true enough.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          How do you leap to that conclusion, Wally? I wasn’t even addressing the commenter, I was commenting on a character from the book of Job.

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  7. Peter says:

    If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

    Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar

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  8. Wally Fry says:

    Absolutely it is. Be watching mid afternoon I have something to say on it. Well somebody else said it I am just repeating it.

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  10. DebbieLynne says:

    Years ago, I saw a car with two bumper stickers. The first said, “Save the whales.” The second said, “Keep abortion safe and legal.” How terribly sad that the owner of that car valued animals more than humans.

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  11. ColorStorm says:

    Yeah DL, but the sad part is that people do not have a sound reason WHY that is.
    Along these lines, just posted some brief thoughts 2day, one included your whale. 😉

    Tkx for the visit too.

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