People and Animals

People and animals are similar. The human skeleton and the horse skeleton match up bone for bone, except for the ankle. Human embryos are reminiscent of fish. Bees have a well organized social structure. Primates use tools to accomplish various tasks. Dolphins, whales, and wasps all have complex communication systems. Dogs can learn to follow instructions given in human language. Gorillas can learn to use sign language to communicate with humans. Several types of animals even display a variety of emotions. (What do you know about the occurrence of humor among animals? Email me!)

But people are different from animals. Several kinds of animals make preparations for their basic needs for the coming winter, but only humans are known to think of themselves with respect to the future -- "The future" in terms of their children's security -- "The future" in terms of their own legacy -- "The future" in terms of their destiny beyond this life. Only humans establish monuments to themselves and others. Only humans weigh their decisions in light of the common societal good. Only humans suffer anxiety and guilt, because only humans have a conscience. Only humans worship something beyond themselves -- In fact, all human cultures worship or have some form of religion -- because only humans have a soul.

We can live our lives eating, sleeping, and working, year in and year out, without giving any thought to our souls, but as Jesus asked some 2,000 years ago, "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"1

Please give thought to your soul, and to your soul's destiny. Keep on reading here on MyPreachingPen.com, and contact me with any comments or questions.

"I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."2


1 Mark 8:37, The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.
2 3 John 1:2, Ibid.


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