Endowed by his Creator
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If you’ve read my previous articles on “Man or other Animals
” (“MOOA”), you know that Genesis 1:26-28
“Gen 1:26 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 cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
“Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
“Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Given the repetition found in those three verses, there can be no doubt that God created man (mankind) and only mankind in His image and gave man “dominion” over all animals.
Thus, under the Jewish and Christian faiths, every “man” is absolutely distinguished from all “animals” by two facts: 1) man, and only man, is made in our Father YHWH ha Elohiym’s image; and 2) man alone is given dominion over all the animals.
Therefore, a Jew or a Christian can’t be declared to be an “animal” without violating a fundamental principle of his faith.
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