Of Man and Beast
What is the most dangerous creature on earth? The big feline creatures—like lions or tigers? No! Actually, these are not as dangerous to mankind as venomous creatures like snakes, whose deadly poison can claim up to 100,000 lives per year.
The scorpion, with forward-curved tail sporting its lethal stinger, takes an estimated 3,000 lives per year. Zoologists may declare that the most dangerous creature on earth is the mosquito. This little blood-sucker spreads malaria, elephantiasis, yellow fever, dengue fever, and West Nile virus, claiming an estimated 1 to 2 million lives a year.
Of all the creatures cited above, one is conspicuously missing. Standing upright and created in God’s image is man. Yes, man can destroy his own kind in a brief moment and sometimes, seemingly without conscience. No animal in God’s creation can kill their own as efficiently as man. He declares war against his own image bearer, and countless millions of lives are lost, as in World War II, where about 40 million of the more than 50 million lives lost were civilians. He takes the lives of his fellow man in the streets, commits genocide, as the Nazis did with at least 11 million innocent victims of the Holocaust, or starves his own kind to death, as Stalin did to millions of poor Russian peasants.
So what kind of thought process would sow the seeds for this kind of mass brutality to occur in a “once-civilized” society? Could it happen here? Or is it already happening here, perhaps under the guise of medical practices that many see as innocuous?
What about the taking of the helpless young from the womb, killing close to 50 million babies to date in our own country, and 53 million per year worldwide? And today, we see the fragility of human life subject to frequent acts of terrorism, where the primary victims are innocent civilians, as evidenced in the 9/11 events. Life has become expendable for radical causes. In the final analysis, we have to conclude that man is indeed the most dangerous creature on earth. He is solely guilty of destroying millions and millions of his own kind—without regard.
The first act of raging violence is recorded in the book of Genesis, where we read of Cain going against God’s personal council and murdering his brother Abel in an act of insane jealousy. Abel lived for God by taking the “first fruits” of his labor, the first born of his flock, and sacrificing them to his Creator. His fervor for following the law of God with all of his heart and mind brought him to his own demise due to his brother’s wrath. It was Satan’s victory when this righteous and holy man died trusting his brother, as they walked alone in the field.
The premeditated passion and violence that dominated this scene would set the stage for man’s power to destroy his own kind for generations to come. This can be easily summarized from Adam Clarke’s commentary as he states, “Alas! How exceeding [sic] sinful does sin appear in its first manifestation!”
The Lord pronounced judgment on Cain and his family that would have a profound influence on mankind. There would be separation, where Cain would be exiled as a restless wanderer under a curse from God (Genesis 4:10-12). The ground that used to yield his crops would now cry out to God with his brother’s blood and become void (without value). There would have been more shedding of blood as revenge on Cain for his brother’s life, but God interceded with the foreknowledge to save him with a mark and promised anyone who took his life that God’s vengeance shall be taken “sevenfold” (Genesis 4:15).
Murder would not end with Cain. It would continue until, as we read: “the -LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Man was literally destroying himself with his own wickedness; violence and rage filled the earth (Genesis 6:11).
God had to intervene, just as He did with Cain. “So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast . . . for I am sorry that I have made them.’” The LORD was “grieved in His heart” that He had made man, but would use Noah, a “just man” who “walked with God,” to build an ark to save mankind and every “beast, creeping thing and birds of the air” (Genesis 6:6-11). So, once again, it was the profoundly dangerous, violent, and rebellious soul of man that defined a point in history, this time culminating in the worldwide flood. Noah’s ark was like the cross at Calvary. The one doorway into this wooden vessel would save mankind from his own wickedness, just as Christ would use the wooden cross at Calvary to save us from our sins. This is why Jesus claimed, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9).
It is ironic that man, who can be so wicked and perilous to his own existence, is favored by God among all creation. God commissioned man to rule over and take charge of the earth and all its creatures and, as the psalmist declares: “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). God’s love for man is so great because He created man in His own image and manifested His spirit by personally breathing into Adam’s nostrils the very “breath of life” that imparted to man a living soul. Man’s basic nature was intended to be the same as God’s nature. Man was designed to love his Creator with unfailing love and experience God by loving his neighbor. Man's distinctiveness among all creation was that he was made to have communion with God by glorifying Him and giving Him thanks. Man was originally conceived with a benevolent spirit in the image of His Creator to give, to serve, and to obey the Holy One that made him.
God gave His perfect law for us to follow so that we can live in harmony. Without it we live in confusion of the “flesh.” The psalmist put this in perspective, stating: “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).
We see God’s perfect law illustrated in His creation. Sir Isaac Newton, one of the greatest intellects of all time, stated: “This most beautiful system of sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.” We see the magnificence of our Creator reflected in the intricacy of the tiniest insect to the largest heavenly galaxy. In Romans 1, Paul states this is so evident that we are without excuse. Clearly, God’s law is omniscient. God’s law is also revealed to us in His Word. We understand that this law was created in its simplicity for our freedom and well-being, and therefore requires our diligent and dutiful response. It is written: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
God’s law should be our delight and the way to our fulfillment as we seek Him out in the written Scriptures. Lastly, we find the “law of grace” given to us by Jesus Christ, demonstrating very clearly that we live by His atonement at Calvary and have the hope of resurrection, having been purified by his bloody sacrifice. The law is our hope and salvation. It keeps us grounded in expectation, not based on the depraved “flesh” or a cursed earth where man becomes beast, but of new life that puts man back into perfect relationship with his Creator. This doctrine is not one of death, like evolution’s obsession with the elimination of the weak and meek. Rather it is one of life: a resurrection of the pathetic, heartbroken, and wretched to God’s eternal law, where all who trust and believe in Christ Jesus and repent of unrighteousness will have peace, joy, and the richness of heaven forever.
The Absolute Law
In the new dynamic and thought-provoking DVD entitled, Of Man and Beast, two critical questions are asked: “What is the nature of man?” and “Of what kind of action is he capable?” I believe every human being walking this earth needs to face up to these questions. Steve Skinner’s documentary, Of Man and Beast brings the answers together by visually presenting the atrocities that man commits on his own, as he invents his own law to fulfill his greed and attempts to push aside God’s law. He clearly shows that evolution is man’s law that tries to displace God’s perfect law and, if left unchecked, would ultimately cause man’s annihilation.
Of Man and Beast uncovers the sordid truth of how Darwin’s evolution – replacing God’s law with naturalism – has led man to believe that society’s benevolence in caring for its weak has hindered humankind’s evolution by acting against the (falsely esteemed) process of “natural selection.”
It shows how this philosophy directly gave birth to the highly-financed American eugenics program, the abortion industry, Nazism, totalitarianism, and many other evils. It clearly illustrates how evolutionary tenets – including the monkey-to-man hypothesis – lead directly to racism, with Darwin and his followers pondering questions such as, “Which race is most highly evolved, mentally?” The DVD reveals the foundational motivations behind organizations such as Planned Parenthood by exposing statements such as, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated,” made by its founder Margaret Sanger. Or Supreme Court pronouncements such as, “Three generations of imbeciles is enough,” made by Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes in support of forced sterilization. Abandoning the political correctness and historical revisionism so typical in today’s media, this documentary examines how the hideous notion that we can make a better race by getting rid of “undesirable” babies, underpinned society’s acceptance of various forms of birth control and abortion (the highest form of racism). In contrast, God’s word tells us there is truly only one race, the human race, as we are all direct descendents of the first human couple (a fact that’s fully corroborated by modern DNA research).
The vital connections throughout this 90-minute documentary make one visually, emotionally, and intellectually become aware that once Man (although the image-bearer of Christ) is brought down by his own wickedness, it always leads to horrific consequences. I will warn you that this is not for young children, due to some graphic historical footage of human atrocities. But for adults, it is a hard-hitting documentary that demonstrates a clear linkage between a Darwinian belief system – that views man as merely an evolved animal – and the depravity to which man can sink.
The thesis of this DVD, that God’s absolute law cannot be compromised or substituted, might appear simple, but don’t let that fool you. Experiencing Of Man and Beast frame-by-frame will make a lasting impact upon the soul. It will give a new perspective of the need for deep respect of God’s law and give practical insights, such as what kind of candidates we should support in an election and how we should raise up the next generation. It provokes the heart to be much more aware that we have the potential either for godliness, or to be the beast of all beasts. May we each aim to be the person that God created us to be.
After previewing this documentary, I am deeply burdened that our society is failing to make the connection between the evolution-based worldview it embraces and its horrendous consequences. With increasing hostility toward God’s law in favor of concepts like “relative morality,” we are on a slippery slope. I believe the message of this DVD is like a seed that needs to be sowed and that God has called our ministry to this task. It’s a message that will feature prominently in my upcoming speaking engagements, but it needs to be heard all over this nation, and I am asking you to help sow the seed.
At the same time, this will be your opportunity to help us meet our year-end financial needs as a ministry, after a difficult economic season that has resulted in diminished giving to all ministries.
Disrespect for God’s law is the root of the problems we see every day, but man has to continually be reminded of this basic principle. We believe that our neighbors and friends need to see this perspective. Even those who are antagonistic to God need to hear this message. Our prayers are that they through this documentary and by the power of the Holy Spirit they will grasp why there is a sound reason for absolute law and be lead to their Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Executive Director & Founder of CSI