There is a lot that separates humans from animals. Some obvious answers lie in simple biology. A lack of feathers and scales differentiates us from reptiles and birds. The fact that we don’t have gills makes us markedly different from fish. Having opposable thumbs gives us an advantage over all the animals but monkeys. Science will tell you that our DNA/RNA are unique compared to other animals. However it is not mere biology that separates us from animals. One key difference between us and all other animals is our ability to alter our environment. Compare a city-scape with the plains of Africa or the rainforest of the Amazon. Animals may move for food or due to climate and seasonal changes—but humans can alter our environment. We build shelter, we wear clothing, we can adapt our surroundings to suit us. But all of this pales in comparison to what truly distinguishes us from all other life on this planet. The singular and most profound difference is that we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).
This doesn’t mean we look like God, rather it means we have been created “like” Him; created in His likeness; created with the capacity for love. God gave us an ability to love, to feel love, to express love, to know love. All of the rules people see in the Bible, the Laws of the Old Testament, the morality of Christianity, the Jesus way of life—all of it is fulfilled in love (Matthew 22:36-40, John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:14). God did this because He loves us, after all “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). God loved us first (1 John 4:19). God loved us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). God’s desire to be reconciled with us is based on His love (1 John 4:10). Nothing you can do will make God love you more—and nothing will make Him love you less. God’s love is based on who He is (1 John 4:16). Not only does our likeness to God allow us to feel and know God’s love for us—it also allows us to express our love for him. His love for us was demonstrated on the cross, our love for Him is demonstrated in how we daily love others (John 13:35).
I’m Glenn Tunnick and I would like to see you comments,