All Life is Precious Before God

Life has always been cheap in a sinful world. Whether it is the killing fields of Cambodia or the horrors of Rwanda or the ovens of Auschwitz, life has always been disposable. The weakest have been the victims of so much senseless slaughter that we find it impossible to contemplate.
God’s plan was life and peace while sin brought death and decay. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (NKJV). Now, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin separates us from God and therefore we are in darkness, running to evil (Isaiah 59:1,2; 1 John 1:5-7; Proverbs 1:16).
God said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness.” Man was the highest of the creation and given dominion over all animal life (Genesis 1:26,27). It was through man that God’s son would come as the savior of the world (Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 5:6-9). God loves us and has given us extraordinary blessings.
Jesus taught that the soul was a priceless treasure. He said, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). The world sees no soul and therefore no intrinsic value in life.
First, man sees no value in the unborn. God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
Second, man kills children while Christ says, “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5).
Third, man sees no value in those who are not “useful.” Wesley J. Smith writes in National Review, “Bluntly stated, most bioethicists do not believe that membership in the human species accords any of us intrinsic moral worth. Rather, what matters is whether ‘a being’ or ‘an organism,’ or even a machine, is a ‘person,’ a status achieved by having sufficient cognitive (thought) capacities. Those who don’t measure up are denigrated as ‘non-persons.'” /1
Smith writes that many bioethicists believe, ‘non-human’ persons include the unborn, newborns, the severely disabled and Alzheimer patients. Therefore, this “personhood theory would reduce some of us into killable and harvestable people.” /2. He cites a bioethicist who writes “explicitly that killing human non-persons would be fine because ‘non-persons or potential persons cannot be wronged’ by being killed ‘because death does not deprive them of something they can value. If they cannot wish to live, they cannot have that wish frustrated by being killed.'” /3
God gave man a soul which has inherent value. He breathed life into our nostrils and cares for us in ways beyond our understanding. Jesus said to his children, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God sent his only son to die for our sins and has prepared a perfect heaven in which we can spend eternity (John 3:16; 14:1-6). Moreover, he is not “willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). We can choose life in Christ or we can choose man’s culture of death. I urge you to choose God and life and a future in heaven forevermore (Revelation 21:1-4). Can we afford not to?
1/ http://tinyurl.com/4uwh4
2/ Ibid.
3/ Ibid.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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