I Am Not An Animal


Psalms 139:11-14 (NASB) “If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” {12} Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee. {13} For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. {14} I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well.”

Joseph Carey Merrick – the “Elephant Man” – died when he was only 28 years old. He had a disease that caused extreme deformity in his body, particularly in his head and face. The physicians at the London Royal Hospital believed the disease that so ravaged Joseph was elephantiasis, though others later diagnosed it as “von Recklinghausen’s disease” and later “Proteus syndrome”. Regardless as to what it was, every day of Joseph’s life his horribly disfigured face was a source of amusement to those around him. On one occasion as people pointed and laughed, Joseph cried out “I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” Joseph understood the difference between “animals” and “human beings”. God created all things in six days, and the crown jewel of His creation was humanity. God did not pronounce creation “very good” until Adam and Eve were created, and placed them in the Garden of Eden to watch over it. “I am not an animal! I am a human being!”

Over the last fifty or so years a strange thing has happened: that truth which poor Joseph Merrick shouted out – “I am not an animal! I am a human being!” – is no longer accepted in much of America. When you turn on the television the so called scientific shows tell us that we “evolved” from lower forms of life like apes, protozoa, and goo. We are told that man IS an animal, and our nearest cousin is a furry tree dweller in some zoo. Yet we are not told of the numerous evidences AGAINST evolution. We are not told of what internationally recognised geneticist, Professor Jerome Lejeune said. At a lecture given in Paris on March 17, 1985 he said:

“We have NO ACCEPTABLE THEORY OF EVOLUTION at the present time. There is none; and I cannot accept the theory that I teach to my students each year. Let me explain. I teach the synthetic theory known as the neo-Darwinian one, for one reason only; not because it’s good, we know it is bad, but because there isn’t any other.”

Why is the myth of evolution taught as a reality, and yet the reality of human creation taught as a myth? The Bible gives us the answer.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV) “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

If the world can convince you that you are an animal, that you evolved from goo, then you have no reason to believe in the Savior Jesus Christ. Animals do not need a Savior, for animals do not “sin”. Evolution tells us that we are accidents, not sinners. The Bible, however, tells us the truth. Humans are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Our God made Adam and Eve, our first parents, and put them in the Garden of Eden. Our parents listen to the voice of Satan instead of the voice of God, and in so doing brought sin and death into God’s perfect creation. But God, Who so loves His creation, decided that He would save us from where we fell. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 (NASB) “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for us because we are NOT animals, we are human beings. When you come to understand this truth, when you accept Jesus Christ as Savior, you realize that God has a higher calling for your life that merely living and dying. Those who know Christ as Savior live their lives as victors, not victims; priests not protozoa; ambassadors for Christ not animals; children of God not chattle of goo. Turn away from the lies and turn to Jesus, the Author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). Believe in Him – you are not animals, you are human beings!

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