The Word of God teaches that each individual is known by God from before the foundation of the world Jeremiah —5, Psalm — Our Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God has pronounced His blessing upon the life of a child, according to Psalm —5. The Christian and Missionary Alliance, therefore, is opposed to induced abortion. Since that time, debate in the United States about the value of human life has been unabated. The divide between those who hold human life to be sacred and those who value human life on the grounds of function or material and physical attributes has deepened.
Consequently, additional threats to the dignity and inviolability of human life have arisen. Arguments about the intrinsic value of human life now encompass euthanasia and questions concerning both self-inflicted and assisted suicide. Certain Utilitarian philosophers have openly justified killing newborn children who are unwanted or disadvantaged. This affirmation is based upon the clear testimony of Holy Scripture. Furthermore, it is consistent with two millennia of Christian witness 2.
The material universe did not come into being by itself. God spoke it into existence. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth Genesis He brought into being both plant and animal life. Lastly, God created human beings in His own image, thusdifferentiating humankind from the rest of the animal kingdom.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them Genesis To humans alone God has given will, rationality, emotions, soul, and spirit by which men and women are able to maintain a personal relationship with their Creator. When God infused spiritual life into Adam, He imparted something infinitely greater than material existence. Holy Scripture affirms a dimension to human life that transcends chemical processes, and neurological functions. Nothing else in all of the material creation shares this spiritual dimension.
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Men and women were created with imperishable souls to fellowship with God throughout eternity. The value of human life is infinitely greater than the relative worth currently ascribed to it by a secular society. Human life has intrinsic value because of its worth to God.
Contrary to widespread contemporary belief and materialistic views, men and women do not own themselves. They inevitably lead to bondage, purposelessness, and separation from the Creator. The value of human life should have even greater significance for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ. With reference to those in the Old Testament who entered into covenant relationship with Him, God said, Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession; for all the earth belongs to me.
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Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus That same promise is echoed in the New Covenant. Do you not know, Scripture says, that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price 1 Corinthians — Human life is sacred because ultimately it belongs to God. Human beings were created to reflect His glory. No greater value than this can be assigned to human existence. Jesus took upon Himself the form of a servant.
He was born in the likeness of men Philippians He willingly forfeited His life to redeem men and women from the consequences of sin and death. Thus, God has confirmed the sacredness of human life in both the birth and death of His Son. The Christian and Missionary Alliance affirms the sanctity of human life upon these biblical foundations.
Conclusions regarding abortion-on-demand, euthanasia, and suicide, whether self- inflicted or assisted, are made only after considering these revealed truths. The Christian and Missionary Alliance affirms the unique and sacred personhood of every human, including the unborn, on the evidence of Scripture. Jeremiah We are still valuable creatures. We may no longer be worthy, but we still have worth. This is the resounding biblical message of redemption.
Because Christians speak so tirelessly about human sin, do they have a low view of humanity? Indeed, they have a low view of human virtue, but not a corresponding low view of human worth or importance. It is precisely because the Bible has such a high view of human dignity that Christians take human sin so seriously. The biblical view indicates that human theft is more serious than rat theft because humans are a higher order of being.
This ranking of value is deeply rooted within our own humanity. For instance, when the president of the United States is killed, we do not refer to the deed merely as homicide or murder. We have a special word for it: assassination. During the news reports that followed the announcement of the assassination of President Kennedy, the reporters seemed to have difficulty finding words powerful enough to express their outrage.
Not only a devil or a fiend can commit murder. A person is not instantly shorn of humanity when he kills another human. Does this mean, then, that in the hierarchy of value President Kennedy had more human dignity than Officer Tippet, who was killed the same day in the same city by the same man? By no means!
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The murder of Officer Tippet was just as much an assault on his dignity as the murder of Kennedy was on his. Each was a human person. Each had personal worth and dignity. He was the president of the United States. It is by similar reason that an offense against a human is more outrageous than an offense against a rat. Both the rat and the human are creatures created by God. It is mankind—not the rat—who is made in the image of God.
It is the human who is given a role of dominion over the earth.
This excerpt is adapted from Abortion by R. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible.
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