What do you think when you hear, “he/she is only human?” I guess most would say it is an often-used phrase to excuse one’s mistakes. One dictionary defines a human as a living creature, “especially susceptible to weakness.”

One way to differentiate us from other living creatures is that we make tools, we cook our food, we wear clothing, among millions of examples. One major difference is we are constantly making moral and ethical decisions where most creatures operate mostly on instinct. When we look to the Bible in the Hebrew scriptures we are told we are created in God’s image, and in Jesus the early church fought over his nature. I think not only Christians but people of many faiths would agree that he epitomized the full potential of humankind.
So, next time you hear, “He is only human” think of the phrase as something different. Being human is a great responsibility and privilege, an opportunity to be more like Christ in thought and deed.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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