Of Penguins and People In    the    March    1999    National    Geographic     is    a    picture    of    emperor    penguin    chicks    huddled around   an   adult.      The   caption   indicates   that   the   chicks   are   so   uniform   in   appearance   that   the   only way parents can identify their respective chicks, and vice versa, is by the sounds they make. The   same   point   is   made   in   a   more   humorous   way   by   Gary   Larson’s   The   Far   Side    calendar   for February   20,   2002.      The   cartoon   depicts   two   penguins   discussing   the   case   of   a   dead   penguin   lying   in front   of   them   and   the   three   of   them   surrounded   by   many   others.      The   caption   reads:      “He’s   dead,   all right — beaked in the back … and you know this won’t be easy to solve.” These    scenarios    well    illustrate    an    outstanding    and    interesting    fact    about    animalkind    as opposed   to   humankind.      Members   of   any   animal   species   generally   look   so   much   alike   that   they   are practically   indistinguishable.      Apart   from   minor   individual   variations   discoverable   by   close   and prolonged   examination,   any   two   members   of   any   animal   species   could   pass   as   “twins.”      This   is   so true   that   “Flipper,”   the   famous   dolphin   of   the   mid-sixties   television   series,   was   actually   portrayed   by six   different   dolphins.      Viewers   never   knew   the   difference.      On   the   other   hand,   the   faces   of   any   two humans   appear   immediately   and   distinctly   different.      With   the   exception   of   identical   twins,   no   two humans   look   alike,   so   that   switching   out   six   different   human   actors   to   play   one   character   would have been easily detectable. Why   is   it   that   human   beings   have   this   unique   feature   of   being   individually   distinguishable from   one   another?      If,   as   evolutionists   claim,   humans   are   merely   another   animal   species,   why   do they not all look alike, just as the members of the same animal species do? The   answer   reveals   itself   as   one   considers   what   would   happen   if   all   humans   looked   alike.     What   if   police   and   crime   victims   could   not   identify   the   perpetrators?      Justice   is   possible   only   under circumstances which allow the visual identification of the guilty. Yet,   there   is   no   way   to   account   for   the   obvious   visual   differences   between   any   two   humans except   by   tracing   their   origin   back   to   their   origins   in   the   moral   nature   with   which   God   created   them.     Animals   have   no   moral   nature.      They   do   not   have   a   sense   of   right   and   wrong.      They   kill   one   another and   humans   kill   them   without   any   consideration   for   morality.      Since   moral   guilt   or   innocence   is   not attributable    to    animals,    it    is    not    important    that    they    be    visually    discernible    from    one    another.      However,   when   humans   commit   a   crime,   it   is   crucially   important   that   they   not   be   confused   with one another so that innocent people are not condemned.  Thus,   the   fact   that   any   two   people   look   different   from   one   another   points   clearly   and   directly to   the   fact   that   humans   are   special.      They   are   not   animals,   they   do   not   look   like   animals,   and   neither are   they   to   act   like   animals   nor   be   treated   like   animals.      Rather,   they   have   been   created   in   the image   of   the   God   who   is   preeminently   concerned   with   matters   of   right   and   wrong,   as   shown   by   the existential   fact   of   the   moral   uniqueness   reflected   in   the   equal   uniqueness   of   each   person’s   face.     Humans   look   different   because   they   are   morally   accountable   creatures,   and   each   one   of   them would   do   well   to   prepare   himself   for   the   great   accounting   by   getting   to   know   the   Creator   and Judge who reveals Himself in the Bible.
   Then   God   said,   “Let   Us   make   man   in   Our   image,   according   to   Our   likeness;   and   let   them   rule   over   the   fish   of   the   sea   and   over   the birds   of   the   sky   and   over   the   cattle   and   over   all   the   earth,   and   over   every   creeping   thing   that   creeps   on   the   earth.”      And   God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26,27).
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   Then   God   said,   “Let   Us   make   man   in   Our   image,   according   to   Our   likeness; and   let   them   rule   over   the   fish   of   the   sea   and   over   the   birds   of   the   sky   and over   the   cattle   and   over   all   the   earth,   and   over   every   creeping   thing   that creeps   on   the   earth.”      And   God   created   man   in   His   own   image,   in   the   image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26,27).
other   hand,   the   faces   of   any   two   humans   appear immediately    and    distinctly    different.        With    the exception   of   identical   twins,   no,   two   humans   look alike,   so   that   switching   out   six   different   human actors   to   play   one   character   would   have   been easily detectable.  Why     is     it     that     human     beings     have     this unique          feature          of          being          individually distinguishable      from      one      another?            If,      as evolutionists   claim,   humans   are   merely   another animal   species,   why   do   they   not   all   look   alike,   just as the members of the same animal species do? The   answer   reveals   itself   as   one   considers what    would    happen    if    all    humans    looked    alike.      What     if     police     and     crime     victims     could     not identify   the   perpetrators?      Justice   is   possible   only under     circumstances     which     allow     the     visual identification of the guilty. Yet,    there    is    no    way    to    account    for    the obvious     visual     differences     between     any     two humans    except    by    tracing    their    origin    back    to their   origins   in   the   moral   nature   with   which   God created    them.        Animals    have    no    moral    nature.      They    do    not    have    a    sense    of    right    and    wrong.      They     kill     one     another     and     humans     kill     them without    any    consideration    for    morality.        Since moral    guilt    or    innocence    is    not    attributable    to animals,   it   is   not   important   that   they   be   visually discernible    from    one    another.        However,    when humans   commit   a   crime,   it   is   crucially   important that   they   not   be   confused   with   one   another   so that innocent people are not condemned.  Thus,    the    fact    that    any    two    people    look different    from    one    another    points    clearly    and directly    to    the    fact    that    humans    are    special.      They     are     not     animals,     they     do     not     look     like animals,   and   neither   are   they   to   act   like   animals nor    be    treated    like    animals.        Rather,    they    have been    created    in    the    image    of    the    God    who    is preeminently    concerned    with    matters    of    right and   wrong,   as   shown   by   the   existential   fact   of the     moral     uniqueness     reflected     in     the     equal uniqueness   of   each   person’s   face.      Humans   look different   because   they   are   morally   accountable creatures,   and   each   one   of   them   would   do   well to   prepare   himself   for   the   great   accounting   by getting    to    know    the    Creator    and    Judge    who reveals Himself in the Bible.
                           Of Penguins and People In   the   March   1999   National   Geographic    is   a   picture   of   emperor   penguin chicks   huddled   around   an   adult.      The   caption   indicates   that   the   chicks   are   so uniform   in   appearance   that   the   only   way   parents   can   identify   their   respective chicks, and vice versa, is by the sounds they make. The   same   point   is   made   in   a   more   humorous   way   by   Gary   Larson’s   The   Far Side    calendar   for   February   20,   2002.      The   cartoon   depicts   two   penguins   discussing     the    case    of    a    dead    penguin    lying    in    front    of    them    and    the    three    of    them surrounded   by   many   others.      The   caption   reads:      “He’s   dead,   all   right   —   beaked   in the back … and you know this won’t be easy to solve.” These   scenarios   well   illustrate   an   outstanding   and   interesting   fact   about animalkind   as   opposed   to   humankind.      Members   of   any   animal   species   generally look   so   much   alike   that   they   are   practically   indistinguishable.      Apart   from   minor individual   variations   discoverable   by   close   and   prolonged   examination,   any   two members    of    any    animal    species    could    pass    as    “twins.”        This    is    so    true    that “Flipper,”    the    famous    dolphin    of    the    mid-sixties    television    series,    was    actually portrayed by six different dolphins.  Viewers never knew the difference.  On the
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