Speaker: Dr. Fuz Rana
Scripture: Psalm 8; Additional Passages... Genesis 9:1-6; Matthew 5:21-22; James 3:9-10; Matthew 22:35-41; I John 4:20; Matthew 25:34-40
Summary: The heavens do declare God’s glory. Yet, the vastness of the universe also highlights Earth’s seeming insignificance, prompting questions about humanity’s place in the cosmos and along with it, the purpose and meaning of human existence. Pondering these questions is not a modern experience. After contemplating the heavens, David, too, asked in Psalm 8, “What is man?”
The psalmist answered that question by turning to the Genesis 1 creation account. This creation story teaches that humans are significant because we are the product of a Creator’s handiwork, creatures made in His image—the Crown of Creation.
Unfortunately, today the answer to the question “What is man?” is informed by the mainstream scientific view of origins—human evolution. Consequently, human beings are rendered insignificant, just one of countless species that have existed throughout Earth’s history. Sadly, one consequence of this idea is that human beings have no meaning and purpose.
Though the evolutionary view is pervasive in our culture, there are recent insights from anthropology that challenge its implications. I will describe some recent scientific advances that point to humanity’s uniqueness and exceptionalism—insights that can be marshalled to make a scientific case that we are indeed made in God’s image.
If we truly are made in God’s image as Scripture teaches, what does that mean for us? I will close out the message by focusing on Scriptural passages that flesh out the practical implications of this idea, asking, “How should we then live?”