Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
Man and woman are made in the image and likeness of God. When our children look like us we are proud. We may feel differently if a pigeon or a ferret resemble us, yet despite the infinite distance between us, God chooses to make man in His own image.
No other creature is made in the image of God. Lions are regal and powerful, but they are not made in God’s image. Eagles are majestic and graceful, but they are not made in God’s image. Angels never grow old and have a glory that causes people who see them to bow, but even they are not made in the image of God. There is a special value to humanity.
Everyone does not agree on this point. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk once said, “When it comes to feelings like hunger, pain, and joy, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” I’d imagine her intention was to increase the value of animals, but a statement like this instead ends up devaluing human beings.
In Genesis 9:6, God says “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” The value of human life is directly related to the fact that man is created in God’s image. When we believe humans have no special dignity – that we are simply a mass of cells or an accident of evolution – human life means very little.
And we see the fruit of this. In our world, more than a million children are victims of sex-trafficking every year. The leading cause of death in America is not heart disease, but abortion. In America alone, one million children are killed in the womb every year.
A little boy or little girl is not a pig or a rat, but the crowning achievement of God’s creation. When one person repents, all of heaven rejoices. The value of human life and the human soul is immeasurable, for all people are made in the very image of God.