Why didn’t the Lord make us all machines? Evidence surrounds us that God made few machines. It is fallen man who “loves” machines more than animals, I think.
Have you ever wondered why? I have, and I know that I am not alone! Without answers, don’t we sit in darkness, ignorant of the stupendous beauty and plans which surround us?
‘Thou art worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For Thou hast created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.
Rev. 4:11 [KJV]
It gave God pleasure to fill this earth with life. God certainly chose to make a huge number and variety of living things. Some estimate there are in excess of 1,000,000 animal species, and there are over 10x33 (as in 10 followed by 33 zeros) animals alive today. Researchers are still adding to the list of species a thousand per year! That doesn’t count plant life.
Devices are not as interesting as living things. Machines are useful and the thrill of technological innovation is fun. But no machine compares to life. Living things have infinitely more diversity, flexibility, creativity, and other desirable qualities. Can a computer paint a Mona Lisa or a Sistine Chapel scene?
Machines don’t greet me at my door and clown until they make me laugh. No machine has voluntarily sacrificed its “life” for another being. Only living things can love you – as well as forgive you, trust you, and be a faithful friend. Machines cannot love and don’t form relationships.
Our living loving Creator didn’t want robots. God is love. His very nature made Him create other lovers. Contrary to fiction, machines cannot love you. God made living things to form loving relationships. The earth is truly rich with lovers living in harmony — in spite of sin’s ravages:
The intricate and extensive web of animal life exhibits millions of creatures living together harmoniously, attacking one another only out of the necessity to eat.
What fun He must have had making all living things! I believe the Lord would have made the living creatures even if He’d never made us humans.
My Mom knew that God is love, and she knew God’s love for all creation. Her favorite Bible chapter was 1st Corinthians 13 – Paul’s amazing description of love. People and animals were drawn to Mom. Mom treated all animals, wild and domestic, like potential friends. For example, Mom fed black widow spiders (on a bet), had a pet raccoon, and protected good snakes from being killed. 1 John 4:7-12 could have been written with Mom in mind.
Quite frankly, in spite of my life-long experience with animals, I had no idea the depth and width of God’s love for all living creatures and their roles in His creative plans, until well along in this book. Excerpt from Do Dogs Go to Heaven?