Why is Life Sacred?
What is it that sets humans apart from other animals? Is it the fact that we use tools or that we have big brains? Is it the fact that we are smart or work together?
Genesis 1:27 gives us the answer: We are made in the image of God. We alone, out of all that God created, bear the image of God – the imago dei. What this means is that, though we are not God, we are more like God than anything else in creation. We are different from any other creature because we bear the image of God.
Dolphins are smart but they cannot do abstract philosophy. Dogs run in packs but they don’t have relational community. Lions are powerful but they don’t rule over cities. We alone bear God’s image and therefore we have value. We alone are called to rule over all creation as God’s little kings because God is a big King.
This is one of the reasons that the Bible forbids murder. To murder someone not only shows contempt for them but also contempt for God, in whose image they were made. The Bible teaches that our lives as little “image bearers” start at conception. God consistently sees unborn children as people and is even said to know people before they are born (Psalm 139:13; Luke 1:15; Galatians 1:15). Because all humans are made in the image of God, not only abortion but also genocide, homicide, infanticide, suicide and euthanasia are all sinful.
Grace and Forgiveness
If you had an abortion or have somehow been affected by an abortion, homicide, suicide or euthanasia, allow me to encourage you in the gospel. Our great God and King brought us the forgiveness of sins through His Son, Jesus, for all who believe. There is no act of taking human life that is beyond the redemption that is possible in Jesus. For those who are repentant, God’s grace always washes away the painful stain of sin.
My hope is that you will rest in the mercy, love and grace of our awesome Savior. If you know Jesus, then God sees you as His child, and your identity is in Christ, not in your sin.
It is easy for us to say that we are pro-life with our mouths but not practically support pro-life causes in our actions. Below I have included some practical application questions to help us see how we might better support the biblical position regarding the sanctity of life.
- Are you passionate for the preservation of human life? In what ways do you try to support the life of the unborn and the life of the elderly?
- Where you have the opportunity, do you support social and political actions that protect the sanctity of human life? In what ways is this issue more important than other social and political issues?
- In what ways can you raise awareness of pro-life issues?
- Are there places you need to repent of for supporting social and/or political agendas that go against the life of the unborn or the elderly?
- If you are a Christian and struggle with guilt regarding any one of these issues, will you accept the cleansing and forgiveness already purchased for you by Christ and rest in His mercy?