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formation for its developing eyes and hands, as well as the colors of the skin and eyes, the height, and myriad other traits. There are so many traits in so many combinations that every human being is unique. Creation holds many other biological wonders. A woodpecker, with its special skull, stout beak, short legs, and other design features, can peck holes in wood to build a home or find insects. Gazelles can run sixty miles per hour. Migratory birds can fly for days and navigate to their destination with pinpoint accuracy. However, out of all forms of life on earth, we humans are special. This is not because of our biological construction; biologically, all life forms are wonderful. Other creatures have eyes. Some animals even have grasping “hands.” Then what is special about humans? For one thing, with a brain to body weight ratio of about 1 to 50, we have larger brains than any other creature in the animal kingdom. We have creative abilities unmatched even by the smartest animals. Though we cannot create things from nothing as God did, we use His gifts to imitate His creativity by making all sorts of things, from paintings to fine furniture to software to musical arrangements. Still, there is much more that differentiates humans from animals. One clue to what it is can be found in Genesis 1: “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). While we humans have some unique biological features, it is not merely biology that makes us human. Beyond our physical intricacy, we are made in the im- With a brain to body weight ratio of about 1 to 50, we have larger brains than any other creature in the animal kingdom. 20 | Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32


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