I’ve got nothing against seeing animals as service dogs or cats or horses. They can have a positive impact on human behavior and recovery. They can sense love given and return it after a fashion. They can save those who care for them from imminent danger. They can participate in one’s recovery from obesity and anti-social behavior.
They are NOT our savior in any meaningful sense. For example, one man determined to lose weight found an overweight dog in the pound and had it accompany him on his walks. The man made that decision, not the dog. He could as easily found a mortal to walk with him. Others have. Parade Magazine, 6/25/17
The problem with humans who see their “salvation” in animals is their lack of faith in God. Instead of seeking help from HIM, the SUPERIOR being, they surrender to animals, INFERIOR creatures. How can people made in God’s image stoop so low? Are we so completely separated for our ORIGINS in Eden that we now seek help from Creatures? God is our Father, Christ our Savior, the Holy Spirit our August Companion. Why reject the Trinity as our source of education, enlightenment, comfort, peace, forgiveness and eternal life?
We really are depraved human beings. But we are human beings, not animals. Made in God’s image by direct creation, not the end product of mindless evolution. Wake up and see the truth, fellow mortals. Jesus Christ has come with truth, grace, love, forgiveness and hope. Seek him while he can be found as Savior. Don’t wait to see him only as Judge on his Great White throne and you a helpless sinner doomed to Hell.
Which reminds me of a walk I had this week. The cheeriest song came from a bird in a nearby tree. I’ve heard such many a time and thanked GOD for the momentary evidence of his care for humanity. I’ve never yet, and never shall, hear in a bird song what I need to grant peace of mind. I didn’t know the kind of bird making the tweet. But thanks be to God, I know the ONE who gives it a song. Who gives the lion its roar, the mule it’s bray and the sea its waves.
In our mad rush to reduce ourselves to an identity with animals, let us remember: as human beings made in God’s Image, he alone provides our identity, our purpose and our lifestyle. Raise your eyes up and above folks, not across or down!
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