Friday, August 10, 2007

on being human (part II)

You might have noticed two significant digs happening simultaneously this week. First, archaeologists in Kenya discovered a Homo hablis jawbone and a Homo erectus skull in the same region. What's the significance? Traditional evolutionary theories of the genus Homo suggest a successive progression: Homo habilis gave rise to Homo erectus, which then begat modern humans, Homo sapiens. However, now it appears possible that the first two co-existed. One didn't evolve from the other. [see the full article here]

At the same time, a second dig continued in the mountains of Huntington, Utah. Workers are drilling frantically trying to reach six miners trapped by a cave-in on Monday morning. News reports this morning were bittersweet: Signs that the cavity where the miners could be located had fresh oxygen, but also no signs of carbon dioxide--a sign of human life.

Both digs converge in one important fact: If human beings were nothing more than glorified primates that evolved from single-cell organisms, hundreds of workers wouldn't be pressing on through night hours to rescue them hundreds of feet below. But they do. And, the watching world waits anxiously, hoping that they will be found alive. Because human beings are more than just physical stuff. Made in the image of God, we are precious. And, we are worth the dig.


Ali said...

D - I'm enjoying sharing your thoughts.

I echo your thoughts - as human beings made in the image of God, we are uniquely valuable and worth the dig. That truth encourages me and reminds me that the challenge of building deep and genuine relationships (with family, friends, believers, non-believers), saturated by grace, love and forgiveness is also "worth the dig". As believers, it is people that we must invest ourselves in, only souls are eternal and Jesus Christ called us to be "fishers of men", yet we intuitively gravitate towards selfishness and focusing on tasks/etc...

John 13, "34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

These are lessons I'm learning more and more about. Love you D, blessings.

Leilanni said...

Great thoughts! The preacher at our former church (that we loved!) used to drive home the same point by reminding us we weren't just "highly evolved pond scum" . . .what an image!