God’sValuing of Human Life
God’sValuing of Human Life
Humanlife is sacred to God. He is the sole creator of the universe,including human life. Thegreatest demonstration of God’s love and value for human life isdepicted in the Bible’s most popular verse, John 3: 16. Accordingto the verse, God loved the world so much that he was willing tosacrifice his own son to die on behalf of man so as to save him fromdeath, but instead give him the opportunity to have eternal life.Before this phenomenal moment, God had indicated the value he placedon man when he created him in His own image, unlike all othercreation. This means that man is the sole impression of the glory ofGod, having the unique potential to willingly honor their creator bygiving thanks and relying only on His mercies (Dockery,2010).
Matthew6: 26/ Luke 12: 24 tells Christians “Lookat the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns,for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far morevaluable to him than they are?” Thisis in reinforcement of the Genesis 1 creation story, where aftercreating everything else, God decided to make a special creation inhis image. This special creation was named man. Genesis 1: 26- 27states “ThenGod said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Andlet them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds ofthe heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and overevery creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So Godcreated man in his own image,   in the image of God hecreated him male and female he created them”.In addition, God condemns any violations committed against humanlife. This is due to the immense value of human life to Him, over andabove that of any other creation that he has made. Genesis 9: 5-6 andExodus 21: 12 caution against the shedding of human blood, warningthat anyone who sheds the blood of another man shall also have theirown blood shed. This is further reinforced by the fact that “Thoushall not kill” is one of the Ten Commandments given to Moses byGod on Mt. Sinai (Gushee, 2013).
InLuke 12: 6-7, the Bible continues to build up on the issue when itcompares human value to that of other creations “Arenot five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them isforgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are allnumbered. Fear not you are of more value than many sparrows”.
Thelove and value that God has placed upon man does not have merits.This means that nobody can make God value or them based on theirinherent worth or value. An illustration of this can be traced backto the Israelites, a small, disorganized and argumentative people whoenjoyed immense love and favor from God for the sake of theirancestors (Deut. 7: 7-9). Inorder to appreciate the value that God has placed in man, humans mustfirst accept their shortcomings. They must see themselves as sinners(Romans 5:8) that are lost/ absorbed in sin (Luke 19: 10), and whosehope for salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:12).Despite this, God has continued to love them and place immeasurablevalue on their lives (Gushee, 2013).
Manhas however continued to hold himself in high esteem, thinking veryhighly of himself while reasoning like he is the measure against allthings on earth. This is a projection of human pride (1John 2: 16)which God continues to shun, teach against and at the same timeforgive due to the value that he has placed upon his most valuedcreation. God did not look at the supposed inherent value of anindividual man or the value of all men and calculate their worth. Hepaid the ultimate price because his nature dictates that he loves andbestows his mercy upon the sinful man. The explanation behind thiscould only mean that God’s value for man is immeasurable andunconditional. Romans 5: 8 justifies this by stating that “ButGod shows his love (and value) for us in that while we were stillsinners, Christ died for us” (Dockery,2010).
Gushee,D.P. (2013). The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient BiblicalVision is Key to the World’s Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Dockery,D.S. (2010). Holman Concise Bible Commentary. B & H PublishingGroup