How are humans different from other animals? What sets us apart?
The Bible describes both humans and animals as being created by God. Today, people of all beliefs and backgrounds recognize close similarities. We share many of the same genes. Our bodies consist of the same components. Like many other animals, we live in social groups. We all travel the same path of birth, growth, and death.
Yet, the Bible also says only humans are made in God’s “image” and “a little lower than angels.” What makes us human? Some of the brightest minds in history have thought deeply about this question. Modern science has enriched our answers by illuminating the traits that make us both part of the animal world and also unique.
“So God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them.”
“So God created man in his own image . . .