The Value of Human Life
The value of human life has progressively gotten worse. We’ve labeled some human beings as inferior to others when the truth of the matter is, we all stand on level ground in the eyes of God. No one soul is more valuable than another in the eyes of God. We’ve allowed the corruptive influence of human reasoning to take off the relish of spiritual wisdom. Brother Morris stated, “When people are not convinced that they are more than animals they start acting like animals.” That statement struck a chord within me. It touched me because that’s exactly what has happened to our world. We’ve devalued human life to a debilitating form. Souls are torn from their mothers’ wombs and destroyed for the sake of convenience. That is to say, “Well, if you don’t want to have the child now living in your stomach, we can kill it for you.” That’s exactly what abortion is. Abortion is killing innocent life. Innocent children and bystanders are murdered simply because one group of people didn’t like what another group of people were doing and decided to drive by and not only end their lives but innocent lives all around them. Humans cannot have so they steal. Some cheat their way through institutions in order to save a little time or to keep from putting forth a little effort. The list could continue.
Brother Morris’ statement carne from 2 Peter 1:4, which reads: “by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. Basically, what this verse is saying is that our selfish desires cause corruption and ruination in the world. It’s so easy to get caught up in accepting the world’s view of things rather than God’s view of things. I agree completely with brother Morris. Our society is corrupt because we’ve allowed institutions, entertainment, and other influences to convince us that we are nothing other than living and breathing hedonists. “Just find all the pleasure that you can, and remember that life is all about you!” Life IS NOT all about us. Life is about acknowledging an Almighty Creator and the plan and purpose he has for our life. Until we recognize that plan we allow the world to deceive us. Once we receive God’s instruction on life and godliness, we submit to his divine power and try to imitate him.
We, as humans, are so much more than sensual beings with a desire for sex and a drive to be rich. Yes, we want to be rich. But the greatest riches come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his promises. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9).” Now, there is the value that God has placed on life. His son left the rich palaces of Heaven to enter a world of woe, and it was his never-failing love that offers us the opportunity to become the richest people on earth. When a person decides to become a Christian they start learning how precious they are in the eyes of God. “You mean to tell me that God has meaning for my life? All these years I’ve been told to pursue my lusts because one day I was going to die and that was the end of it all! I now know that God is real. I see the value of human life!” Oh, that we could relay this message more effectively.
When human life is not given the value it deserves morals are abolished and decisions are made with little care for the sanctity of human life. How valuable is one life according to God? “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us (1 John 3:16).” God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). What makes us think he is uninvolved or uninterested with our lives? “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show us the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith (Eph. 2:4-8).”