The Sanctity of all life

As we approach Sanctity of Life Sunday, I am reminded that Human life is precious to God. Certainly, all life is precious to God, but human beings are especially precious to Him. For example, God allows us to eat animals and use them as resources, but has never permitted us to eat other people (Gen. 9:2-3). Although killing in times of war is permitted, killing enemies after a battle has ended is forbidden (I Ki. 2:5).

Human beings are precious to God because we are made in God’s image (Gen 1:27). Neither the angels nor animals were made in His image, making man a unique part of God’s creation. God took a very persona l approach to creating man. When it came to creating the trillions upon trillions of s tars (a long with the rest of creation) God simply spoke and they were created (Gen. 1:14-15). When it came to mankind, however, God was hands on (Gen 2:7, 21-22). Despite this , it amazed the Psalmist that God would look down from heaven and have anything to do with man (Psa . 8:4)! Even more amazing, it is not man who seeks after a relationship with God (Rom. 3:10-11), but God who seeks after man by coming to earth to die for our sins (John 3:16).

It should be clear to every Bible believing Christian that abortion is a sin. True, the Bible never explicitly states that the killing of an unborn child is murder, but there is enough evidence in the Bible that we can conclude it is murder in God’s eyes. Murder, the unwarranted killing of an innocent person, is sin (Ex. 20:7). Second, the Bible clearly indicates that life before birth is still human life (a fact that scientific research of unborn babies continually confirms); God begins forming and making us in the womb (Psa . 139:13-16; Isa . 44:2) and He also knows His people before they are actually born (Jer. 1:4-5). Finally, the Old Testament Law protected both pregnant women and their unborn babies . A man who assaulted a pregnant woman who then gave birth prematurely would be punished based on the severity of her and her child’s injuries (Ex. 21:22-25). If she or the baby sustained no serious injuries then the offender would pay a fine. However, if either her or her baby were injured then the full weight of the Law applied: “But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life (vv. 25).”  This amazing verse demonstrates that God gave unborn babies the same legal protection as fully developed human beings, a clear indication that abortion is murder.

Some people are appalled that God commanded Israel to exterminate the Canaanite people. A study of their culture reveals a people who were violent and wicked, perhaps even as bad as the people prior to the flood whom God wiped out (Gen. 6:11).  Among other sins, they were known for child sacrifice, a practice the Bible alludes to and archaeology confirms (Lev. 20:2?5). True, they weren’t killing their unborn children, but God detested their sacrifice of children because God detests when we harm the most vulnerable people in society (Psa . 146:9; Psa . 82:3 Jer. 7:6-7).  And while we might not sacrifice unborn babies on a physical alter, our nation is sacrificing them on an altar of convenience, which is just as sinful to God. Please join me in praying for our country. Pray for our sinful culture to change, for people to repent and get saved, and for the freedom to murder an unborn child to be overturned.

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