Ken Ham, the creationist behind Kentucky‘s “life sized” replica of Noah’s ark, took to his blog this week to jump on the controversy surrounding Cincinnati zookeepers decision to shoot a silverback gorilla after a four year old boy fell into its cage.
While many have condemned the zoo for killing the endangered ape, the zoo defended itself by pointing out that a tranquilizer dart may not have worked quickly enough to prevent the gorilla from harming the child. Ham, however, doesn’t express much remorse that the innocent animal was killed as he uses the tragedy to condemn abortion.
Apparently no one bothered to tell him that in the Biblical story, God saved the animals with that ark.
Working from the perspective of a biblical worldview, I would state the following regarding the gorilla incident at the Cincinnati Zoo: The young boy (unlike the gorilla, which is just an animal) is made in the image of God and is a human being who has a soul that will live forever. We cannot impose human emotion/morality on a gorilla — it is not made in the image of God…
“Because we live in a fallen world, sin has affected everything, including gorillas and three-year-olds. Therefore when deciding what to do in a situation where a human being, made in God’s image, is in the control of a sin-cursed animal with no sense of human morality, we must do all we can to protect the child from harm.
“We are all saddened by such an event when an animal is killed and a child is harmed. But it is a reminder that we do live in a fallen world—and a reminder of the value of each human life made in the image of God… And while it is sad that such a magnificent animal had to die, I praise God that the boy — who is made in the image of God — was saved from the gorilla. We hope that as the boy grows up he will be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ for eternity in heaven.”
Hat tip to Joe.My.God.