Do you consider yourself a masterpiece?
Probably not. I don’t look at myself in the mirror on a regular basis and say, “Hey, you there! You’re a masterpiece.” Not at all. I see me and I see my faults. Certainly, from a theological perspective, I know that my body is flawed by the fall (cf. Genesis 3).
But who we are behind our eyes: our ability to reason, consider, feel, express, create, speak…these are part of the evidence that we are masterpieces to the One Who made us.
Genesis 2:7 records:
The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
A few verses back before this, we see examples where God called, for instance, the land to produce the animals. Unlike the animals, humanity is referred to only as a direct creation of God. Yes, he took the dust from the ground but the point is that He took the dust and formed them. It wasn’t just a word He gave, but a special creative act.
The verb “formed” in Hebrew suggests the potter making a work of art in his skilled hands. The human body is indeed a work of art; an amazingly complex organism that only the wisdom of God could design and the power of God create.
But it’s not just our bodies that make us remarkable. It is our soul. The Lord Himself breathed into humanity the “breath of life”. Only we are truly “living beings”.
Knowing then that the Bible is very clear about the special place of humanity in the eyes and creation of God, how do you view the evolutionary idea that we evolved from an ape-like creation from which humans and modern apes derived?
Before you react too strongly about this question of evolution, follow the Bible’s logic. Scripture teaches humanity was created—from day one—in the image of God. We did not evolve into what we are today; we were created this way from the start. We are unique. We are special. We have a reason to exist.
From the Bible’s perspective, the modern philosophy of humanistic evolution could be construed as blasphemy against God because it reduced His masterpiece—His crowing achievement—to a mere animal. Instead, we bear some of God’s characteristics from our creation: speech, reason, creativity, and moral consciousness.
You were not an accident; you were formed.
Jesus did not come for ape-like descendants; they don’t need a Savior. Instead, He came to seek and save lost human beings He made in His image. When He breathed life into the nostrils of Adam, he became a living soul in all of its implications. When the fall happened, we died a little. We lost something. Jesus died to give it back—to restore us to where we were supposed to be. To restore the fellowship that was broken.
Ironically, evolution’s definition of origins dehumanizes us. Creation demonstrates our extreme value as humans. Look in the mirror and look into your eyes. You are a walking masterpiece and a glaring signpost to the proof of our Creator. You are valuable.