President Trump has recently caused another controversy by calling members of the vicious MS-13 gang “animals.” The back and forth over the use of the word “animal” when referring to these violent individuals raises a question about modern culture. Every public school and most private universities constantly teach their idea of truth, that people are merely animals evolved over time from primates or perhaps the rat colonies that survived the catastrophic event that killed the dinosaurs.

That is in stark contrast to the Biblical teaching that people are the pinnacle of God’s Creation, made in His image. People are not animals and we sense the Bible is true in stating the dignity and nobility of people far above the animal kingdom. That is why we say people are acting like animals when they resort to immoral and violent behaviors. They are not following what it means to be a person created in God’s image.

The evolutionary idea of common descent of animals means people are the result of millions of years of mutations leading from pond scum to the human brain. No evolutionist should take offense at calling people “animals.” After all, that is what they tell us we are, animals and nothing greater. It is against the law in most states for a school district to teach that people are created by God. The Declaration of Independence may declare it self-evident, but we censor the Creator from the classroom.

If you find yourself thinking a person acting like an animal is a person acting badly, then you have that sense whether you realize it or not that people are not merely animals. They have biological functions as the animals do, but people have an eternal soul and an accountability to God for their actions. We have a conscience unless we intentionally sear it.

To show how extreme the educational elites denounce the idea that people are anything but evolved animals, a movie was made about one scientist who has not bowed to the pressure to accept evolution as fact. Lehigh Professor Dr. Michael Behe was featured in a movie last year titled, “Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines.” He states the rejection of intelligent design by the scientific community is similar to someone rejecting that the sky is blue.

Retired Cornell Professor Dr. John Sanford was an ardent evolutionist and atheist who patented many of his discoveries in the field of plant genetics before he came to question evolution. He said he had never critically analyzed the necessary capacities of mutation and natural selection, because evolution was just assumed to be true.

He has written a book, ‘Genetic Entropy,’ which challenges the ability of evolutionary processes to produce the vast complexity of life. He describes the single cell as similar to the internet — millions of components continually communicating with each other. No explosion would ever lead to the organization of such complexity, yet that is exactly what all educated people are expected to believe without question.

God has given people a conscience which affects most people, even people who blindly accept the lie that they are just animals. Instead of treating people like animals, it is time to turn to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. There you will find the basics for human dignity. Though some people act like animals, no one is. All bear the image of God.

Rev. Glen Bayly

Retired Minister

Christian and Missionary Alliance