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Humans: Neither worms nor demigods

Posted on July 19, 2021

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Donna Crowe

Donna Crowe

Have you ever heard of “worm theology”? It’s the belief that we humans are just awful beings, as low as worms in the scheme of things.

Hymnist Isaac Watts wrote “Alas and did my savior bleed for such a worm as I?” Worm theologists say that after we are reconciled to God, we are no longer a worm. But we sure started out that way.

But how does that belief reconcile with scriptures such as Psalm 8:4-5? These scriptures say, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.”

And the scripture from Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”

Evangelist Joyce Meyer constantly emphasizes that God loves us and thinks we are wonderful. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world (that’s us humans) that He gave us His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That said, we humans should not get big heads. In fact, Scripture tells us that “God exalts the humble” (James 4:10).

After all, the proud resist Him. Think about it. God made the heavens and the earth and all that’s on the Earth and around the Earth. Who as a human can accomplish all that?

Even if humans could create a human being without having a physical relationship and grow it in an artificial womb, they couldn’t make the original building blocks by combining chemicals and putting them in a test tube. We are not God and never can be.

God deserves our praise, honor and worship. We are companions to Him, beings He can listen to and speak to in various ways. That’s the way He designed us.

Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.

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