Summary: All human beings, by virture that they are people, have certain rights and responsibilities. What does God say about the sanctity of human life? (parts of this sermon came from a sermon by Larry Moyner, What does God say about Sanctity of Life?)
Unborn, elderly, disabled, terminally ill- are they a burden to society or do they have intrinsic value?
Abortion, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, what do these speak to us about the value of human life?
Sept 11, 2001- over 3500 people died- WTC.
Did you know- Sept 12, 2001, over 4000 people died?
But that story was never told on the news.
Today- Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
What does the sanctity of life mean?
Sanctity- the state of being holy or sacred
Sacred- entitled to reverence/respect, highly valued
In Mat 24- see one of the signs of the end of the age-
Mat 24:12 (NIV) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
Today we see- increasing devaluation of human life.
Christianity and Human History
Many Christians do not understand the impact that Christianity (Jesus Christ) had on human history.
In pre-Christian history there were people groups that were not considered to be fully human beings.
Judaism brought to- world- idea- all human beings are made in God’s image- regardless of- race/sex/age.
This is why we talk about our Judeo-Christian values.
It was Christianity that brought to the world the idea that all human beings are equal in dignity.
It is not that all people are the same, but they all enjoy certain basic rights because they are people.
Important- being created equal in dignity does not mean all men have the same advantages in life-
-some are born beautiful, some not,
-some are born poor, some rich.
But all human beings, by virtue that they are people, have certain rights and responsibilities.
When we talk about- sanctity of human life- must be careful not to be distracted by peripheral issues.
In the public arena we can debate-
sexual sin/purity, pro-life/abortion,
euthanasia/prolonging life though life support,
the morality of physician assisted suicide,
but- question- we should be asking is-
How does God feel about-sanctity of life?
It is not a question of what I feel or think.
Baseball game- player hits the ball far out in left field- bases are loaded- player on 2nd base makes it to home- collides w/catcher. One team yells- He’s safe, the other team yells- He’s out. The umpire looks at both teams and says-
“He ain’t nothing till I call him.”
Issue- not how I feel about life-but how does God feel.
Six truths about life we must not misunderstand
1. God established the value of human life
Some people will tell you God created man because He was disappointed in the monkey.
Not true- God created man to reflect His glory.
If you want to show people what God is like, there is no creature you can look at other than man.
Man is a living image of God and was created to reflect His majesty on the earth.
Danger of evolutionary theory- reduces value of man.
2. Human life begins at conception
Psa 139:13-16 (Jer 1:5)
David affirms that God’s work in his life started when he was in his mother’s womb.
3. Even imperfect people are God’s children
Advances in medical science enable us to see physical imperfections of a child in- womb- even fix them.