“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27).
No, you are not the product of a random accident of a hypothesized, unproven and unprovable evolutionary process. You are here because God purposed and acted, designed and created you to be what you are. And what you are is astounding! The psalmist exclaimed, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14).
Our makeup as living organisms is wonderful because of its extreme complexity. Charles Darwin, the “father” of modern evolutionary theory wrote, “To suppose that the eye…could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree possible.” Darwin, who was speaking here of the physiology of the eye, had no idea of its biochemical complexity as scientists have discovered in more recent times. And the eye is only one of multitudes of examples of the extremely intricate network of systems, all communicating with the other, all working in harmony to make the whole organism function as a living being.
But it is not the biological complexity that makes human life valuable and lifts us above all else in creation. It is the fact that we were created in the image of God. But what does that mean? Ah, but that is one of the deepest and perhaps one of the most misunderstood and neglected subjects that can entertain the human mind. Philosophers and theologians have pondered the significance of this idea for centuries and none have exhausted the depth of it. The only thing I can say is, anything made by God – made in His image – has to be special!
It is one of the greatest tragedies of today that there are so many people – especially young people – who do not value the wonderful gift that life is. Without doubt, the greatest factor that has led to this devaluation of life is that people do not believe that human life was created by God. They do not believe this because they do not believe that God exists. They are products of our present godless society, believing in nothing and having nothing they value. Life to them is cheap. Out of this value neutral society come such scourges as abortion, rampant drug abuse, widespread, indiscriminate violence, and other such evils.
From a biblical point of view, life is beautiful. Life is precious. Life is meant to be enjoyed as a gift from God. Life is intended to be lived according to divine design. Life is meant to be eternal. Jim McGuiggan recently wrote, “…while this lovely life of ours is to be cherished and enjoyed—it is not to be worshiped! It is to be lived and enjoyed to the glory of God and if it is to be surrendered when he asks for it then it is to be given to him in thanksgiving expecting that it will be returned in even greater richness.”