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September 28, 2020 8:00 am
Should we care for God's creation listen to Adrian Rogers generally love God's creation.
Of course we should should we be environmentalist. Yes, this is my fault?
What animals playing with human beings made in the likeness the similitude of God have known welcome to La Wertheim featuring profound truth.
Simply stated, my beloved pastor and author Adrian Rogers according to the book of Genesis, God created mankind and the animal separate neither evolved from the other.
There are similarities between humans and animals, but there are stark contrast as well.
For example, humans were created with a longing in the heart to know God. People have the capability for dominion and a capacity for depravity. We don't see and animals. And what about a concern for our destiny. If you have your Bible turn now to Genesis chapter 1 will begin in verse 26 is Adrian Rogers present part two of what's wrong with animal-rights. I want talk about Christian worldview about what's wrong with animal rights.
First of all, let's just jump into the word of God and let me just get your motor running.
By reading a few verses from the book of Genesis, which you know is the book of beginnings chapter 1 verse 26 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 Overall there, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. And then look in chapter 3 and verse 21.
If you will, and Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skin and clothes and then it look if you will please in Genesis chapter 9 verses one through three and God blessed Noah and his sons and set under them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every follow their about all that move us up on the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea, into your hand they are delivered. Now it may sound silly to you that we would even discuss animal-rights and say what's wrong with animal-rights. But if you listen for a while you find out that it is not silly to see that those who believe that men were not created an image of God but that we just came out of some primordial ooze are sliding but you never tell us what it moves in the slime came from but we somehow just evolved out of all of this so ravenous being animals. All animals are created equal. Now what they're trying to do is to raise animals to the level of humans but what they are succeeding in doing is lowering humans to the level of animals and that has all kinds of ramifications is very interesting thing the scientists today about about the secular scientists most all of them believe in research landmass may believe that you can take animals and be as humane as possible, but use animals. For example, research to find a cure for cancer. What the scientist believe it's animal-rights people so you have no right to because an animal is the same as a human being.
The secular scientist says that is foolish is a difference between human beings and animals and then they asked this evolutionary scientist. What is the difference and he can say he knows is a difference, but he doesn't know the word of God and so he's in a quandary he that is an irony about it. He knows the difference. But if he believes in evolution. I want to take down the rightist has it he's got it. He can't argue with them because the scientist cannot say I believe that man is the special creation of God the son scientist. It but I'm talking about your secular scientists, so there really a quandary. Now let me just point out to three things. The picture minds and get them straight as we talk about this question, what's wrong with animal-rights first thing I want you to notice is the creation of man and the animals go back to Genesis chapter 1 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 creeps upon the earth. Notice verse 27 and so God created man in his own image and image of God created he him, male and female created he them.
Now folks, we need to go back to the early pages of God's word. How did everything get it on three possible answers. One is godless evolution. We started out as crimp the protozoan then became un-segmented worms and then became fish and then an amphibian and reptile and then a bird than a mammal and then a man you believe that go-ahead I rejected the logical reasons as well as theological reasons I rejected for moral reasons but godless evolution as one after the other is theistic evolution. People say well it's not godless evolution, God did it. God made it that way.
Afraid you can't ride one horse into directions that will not fit. The Bible is no way that you can make it that the Bible, it is impossible theologically, philosophically and logically read this Bible and believe in what some call theistic evolution.
The third alternative is that God created man and woman just exactly as God's word says I believe that I've been amazed how anxious man is to make a month of himself part so you see the creation of man and animals is the second language of the site is the comparison of man and the animals man is like an animal, but he is not an animal that's something because we compare with animals that therefore we are animals. For example, is a similarity in design men and animals are designed somewhat alike. I took a course in college in human anatomy and physiology. One of the things that we did in that the laboratory was to dissect a pig been soaked in formaldehyde for you and I got a surgeon for pastor but because the pig has a very simple digestive system.
We were able to see the various parts you find the heart delivered belongings stomach. These parts of the pig just to help understand the very elementary things men animals have a basic design, but that doesn't mean therefore that man evolved from animals. All buildings have a basic design doghouse as a floor, walls and ceiling. A mansion has floors, walls and the ceiling. So, since it doghouse has floors, walls and the ceiling and a mansion has a floor, walls and ceiling. Isn't that proof positive that the mansion evolved from the doghouse because you can see the similarity in design. All that means is the same architect designed a boat, that's all. Let me because both of them would live in the same the Senate. Landgraf now not only on men and animals similar in design, but they are similar in diet we eat the same thing look in verses 29 through 30 of the same chapter and God said, behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree, in which is the fruit of the tree yielding seed to you it shall be for meat and the word meet here simply means food is not talking this place, about animal flesh later. Only will and every beast of the earth, and every file of the air and everything that creep upon the earth where there is life, I have given every green herb for meat and it was so, so men and animals have similar diets. Some men and some animals eat basically the same line. Now, does that mean therefore that man evolved from animals because we have similar diet, a motorcycle and a limousine.
Both have carburetors so anybody can see that the limousine evolved from the motorcycle. Is that right now they just burn the same few is another similarity not only design and diet. But in death. Both man and animals die and God said to Adam, Genesis chapter 2 verse 17.
If you disobey me.
Usually have animals die man, Diana.
And the writer of Ecclesiastes.
The great Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3 verses 19 through 20. That which befall with the sons of men befall the beasts even one thing befall with them as one diet. So Dorothy, a man dies, the animal dies. Yea they all have one breath, so the man had no preeminence about the beast were all is vanity. You certainly have to take that text and context is not saying that a man is no better than a be the same when it comes to die a man has no preeminence over beast.
We are creatures they die, we, God, similarity in design a similarity in diet hey similarity in their but let us think of the contrast of man and then what is the difference one number one man is born and given a capacity, a craving for God.
A craving for deity in verse 26 chapter 1 and verse 26 and God said, let us make man in our image, and God is spirit plants have a body but they don't have a soul. Animals have a soul, but only man has a spear only man has a spear man made in the image of God because the Bible says God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth in the Bible says that God breathed into man's nostrils the breath the spirit of life that makes man different from animals with our bodies.
We know the world beneath us with our souls. We know the world around us, but with our spirits.
We know the world above us in man is created an image of God. This image is not physical. It's the spiritual image of God put this verse down Colossians 3 in verse 10, Paul is talking about what happens to us when we get saved and he says, and have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him when you get saved. God puts that image back in to see that's the image of God that sent us this makes us tomorrow creature makes us different from animals. Ephesians 4 in verse 24. Put that down and that you put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Animals don't know righteousness. Animals don't know holiness. But he says here that after God is created in righteousness. I mean they thought about our creation.
We created in righteousness and our new creation brings us holiness.
Man is the only animal that can blush easily on the needs to manage their own Anglican laugh man is the only animal that can suffer. I didn't say can feel pain when I'm saying animal. I'm not talking about men being an animal like the other animals.
Man is the only creature you see animals can feel pain in human beings can feel pain and whether you are a human being are now will you don't feel painfully get out of here, but human beings have capacity stuff languish because they are made differently from all of these other creatures and so what is the contrast man has a craving for deity.
Man has a capability for dominion. Man is meant to rule man was is and shall be in a greater way and dominion over the creatures, but this verse down Psalm eight verses six through eight.
The psalmist is musing about man and he says now made us tend to have dominion over the works of thy hands that has put all things under his feet. All sheep and oxen yea and the beast of the field.
The fowl of the air and the fish of the sea and watch several facets of the paths of the sea God gave man dominion.
Adam lost that dominion with the last item, the Lord Jesus did not lose it you notice Jesus when he was here on earth. Jesus had dominion over beast of the field.
He said you go get while Syrian donkey well never Amanda set on the writing in the city of Jerusalem, I suggest you not try that try to write it all could have been written before Jesus did had dominion Jesus had dominion over the files there.
He told Simon Peter before the rooster crows, you deny me three times. I want you to try to make one croaky one from growing. You can do it Jesus that he had dominion over thousand Jesus had dominion over the fish of the sea when time to raise taxes. He said you go Pro hooked in the sea catch of fish and in that fish is now the vehicle I Jesus guided that fish like a guided missile to some going fall out of some fisherman's pocket somewhere in the bottom of the Sea of Galilee and then guided that fish with his spiritual radar right to that book yet dominion over all of these things. That's the dominion that the last Adam regained that the first Adam was supposed to have in the first Adam lost what you see man man has a craving for deity.
Man has a capability of dominion and man has a capacity for depravity is animals can't sin, because animals are creatures of chemistry, but man has more than that man has the spirit of God to guide him and God gave man a choice that animals don't hand. Therefore man with his choices capacity for good or evil man made a little lower than the angels, as by his wickedness become lower than animals.
I mean men do things animals wouldn't do because they have a capacity for the private or the store about the two monkeys who were talking about Darwin's book, the dissent of man they were reading that book and I looked around at all the crime and everything is going only one monkey said the other. One man descended beyond because the brother he didn't send from us heard about some monkeys that little baby and when they would examine babies. It is normal in the mama monkey said pop monkey looks like it's his normal problem like a sublime break. I was afraid of evolution folks. I will tell you man sinks lower dynamics, because animals cannot rise as high as man can rise made in the image of God. What's the fourth thing man has a craving for deity. Man has a capability for dominion man has a capacity for depravity and man has a concern for destiny. No animal nose is going to die.
He doesn't think about dying. Even if an elephant goes to Belton burial ground data nowise going that's instinct. You see, God gave to animals instincts.
He didn't give human beings but gave the human beings spiritual insight and revelation even give the animals that animals have instincts of B can build a six sided cell and the honeycomb's amazing thing to see how that beehive is run. Beavers can build dams, spiders can bill spiders web, but the spider cannot build a six sided cell and B cannot build a beaver stand because they have instinct. They don't have knowledge they will have logic. They don't have conscience, they will have these things that man had an man-made different from animals. He knows that he is here from all the Bible says of man that God has said he turned in his we are not mere animals. Ecclesiastes 3 verse 11. He has set eternity in their heart. We don't believe in immortality because we proved we move heaven and earth to prove it because we believe in. I mean is instinct to Venice by Gallup polls show the 69% of all Americans believe in life after death.
So what is God's plan for us and our relationship to them assuming what is all this about, can animals be killed for food while you more compassionate than Jesus who ate broiled fish. Of course they can friend. Don't ever ever think that you more righteous than the Lord Jesus Christ who created everything God says I give you this for food because God gave us clean animal state, not unclean hands for food.
Can animals be used that help human suffering. Of course they can. I can they be used for research.
Yes. Should we therefore be cruel to animals, absolutely not. Not gratuitous cruelty but Bible says in Proverbs chapter 12 verse 10, a righteous man regarded the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked accrual. Should we love God's creation. Of course we should should we be environmentalist. Yes, this is my father's world, but should we put animals on a plane with human beings made in the likeness the similitude of God as so lewdly. Should we teach our boys and girls that they are mere animals that they have come from animals, don't be surprised that they begin to live like this for self-preservation cell propagation self gratification. That's what an animal lives full God gave the creatures were food and is a food chain. God made us. For him, and Augustine said that our hearts are restless until they rest in him. You're not an animal you made in the image of God. If you have not yet given your heart to Jesus McKay that God has a destiny for you.
God has a heaven for you.
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