By now, everyone has heard about Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla that was fatally shot by zoo officials after a four-year-old boy slipped into the ape’s enclosure. It’s not the sort of thing we write about here, but we can’t overlook an article by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Hambo’s post is Cincinnati Zoo and the Gorilla: A Biblical Perspective. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The news that a gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo to save the life of a four-year-old boy who slipped into the gorilla enclosure has hit the world news. Here in our Cincinnati area, it’s currently the main topic of discussion on radio talk shows, TV newscasts, and other media.
It’s even bigger news than Hambo’s “replica” of Noah’s Ark. Let’s read on:
Many people are stating that zoo officials made the right decision, yet others say the gorilla should not have been shot. Some blame the zoo; others blame the child’s mother. Now nobody on our staff was there to see what happened.
Ah, then to the ultimate creationist question, Were you there?, Hambo’s answer is “No.” We therefore approach what follows with considerable skepticism:
However, I have no doubt that a world-class zoo like this one, which I have visited dozens of times, had prepared for the possibility of an encounter between a wild animal and a zoo visitor. From my vantage point, the zoo professionals involved made the best decision they could, given the circumstances.
But how can he know that? He wasn’t there! Hambo continues:
From a biblical perspective, there are some comments we can make.
Ah, Hambo turns to the greatest authority of all! He makes four comments about what’s in scripture. We’ll attempt to summarize:
[S]in has affected the entire universe and all life, including the behavior of gorillas! … When God created Adam and Eve, He gave humans dominion over all the animals … . After the Flood, God reiterated this role of dominion. … Humans were made very different from the animals, in that humans were made in the image of God … .
With that to guide him, Hambo says:
So working from the perspective of a biblical worldview, I would state the following regarding the gorilla incident at the Cincinnati Zoo:
He then makes four statements. Again, we’ll try to summarize them:
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. We should not anthropomorphically assume that the gorilla’s decency would have kept him from harming the boy in the enclosure had the zoo professionals not intervened so quickly. … 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.
Impressive, huh? Here’s more:
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. It’s also a reminder to me of the people who complain about an animal dying but inconsistently support or condone the murdering of 58 million children by abortion in America since Roe v. Wade!
That was brilliant! Who but Hambo could bring the topic of abortion into this zoo incident? And he did it with a dazzling display of flawless bible logic! Here’s one last excerpt:
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.
Your confusion is ended, dear reader. Now, thanks to Hambo, you know how to think about the Harambe incident.
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