“But one testified in a certain place, saying: ‘What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.’”
— Hebrews 2:6-7
How you view humanity has a great impact on how you treat people. So what do we make of the fact that humans have killed more of their own in the twentieth century than in any of the previous centuries? What does this tell us about the way we view ourselves?
I believe we can attribute the rise in the rate at which humankind kills its own to the rise in the number of people who believe in evolution. People no longer believe that humans are just a little lower than the angels; instead, we’re just a little more advanced than the apes. Bertrand Russell, an evolutionist and author of the book Why I Am Not a Christian, said, “We started somewhere, we don’t know where; we are here, we don’t know why; we are going to some great oblivion, we know not whither.” The evolutionary view of humans, taught in so many of our schools today, has led many young people into hopelessness.
By contrast, we Christians have a high view of humankind because the Bible has definite answers to life’s basic questions, answers that give us hope. Where did I come from? I came from the heart and mind of the Omnipotent and omniscient God, who made me in His image. Who am I? I am a child of the King, a prince/princess of the royal realm. Why am I here? I am here to serve and glorify the Almighty and to enjoy Him forever. How should I live? I should live according to the commandments which He has given me in His Word, commandments designed for my good and advancement. Where am I going? I am going to a Paradise far beyond my comprehension: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Today thank God for your divine origin and for the hope it gives. Treat those around you as the divinely created beings they are. Remember, each one (including you) is a little lower than angels.