The Value Of Life Begins With God Because He Made Us Precious

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   5/23/2012

A group of critics sent by the Pharisees descended upon Jesus. Intending to trick Him, they asked, "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?"

Jesus replied by asking for a coin. Then he asked, "Whose image and inscription is this?" "Caesar's," they said. Then Jesus said, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

After apologetics speaker Ravi Zacharias outlined this account from Matthew 22, he brought forth his point: who's image do we bear? 

Good question. Genesis reveals the answer: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

After God had created all else, He made man and woman. They were God's only creation made in His own image. When considering abortion, suicide or euthanasia, then, we must ask: Do we have the right to demolish God's image?

Valued In The Beginning

The image of God is stamped upon human life from the moment of conception. David and Jeremiah refer to God's care of man when formed in the womb. God has assigned great value on a human life from the very beginning. Sadly, however, in our culture, more uproar would ensue over an abortion brutally done to an animal than on a human being, even though the image of God is inscribed upon humanity, not animals.

It's easy, when thinking of an unborn child, to decrease its value to the form of tissue. After all, we can't see it yet, and we certainly can't see what God sees. Yet I think that God has given us an inkling that life in the womb is precious. A mom, especially, can testify to that.

The Alabama State Supreme Court also testified to it, according to Last February, they ruled in favor of a woman who sued because she was denied further testing of her unborn child. It was revealed in an ultrasound the possibility of anemia and hydrops. Her doctor did no further testing, and later her son became stillborn.

A lower court had ruled that the mother was not able to pursue a wrongful death claim because her baby was not developed enough to survive outside the womb.

The Alabama Supreme Court, however, referred to the Declaration of Independence and said "each person has a God-given right to life." They cited a 1973 Wolfe v Isbell decision which stated "that from the moment of conception, the fetus or embryo is not a part of the mother, but rather has a separate existence within the body of the mother."

The debate over abortion is often hung up over when life is considered valuable. Opinions differ across the spectrum here on Earth. Thankfully a person's value is not subject to man's opinion. God has made the unborn child, and from the moment of conception, life is precious.

Valued In The End

The image of God continues through a person's life. It's partly why we feel compassion for others, even before becoming saved. It's why we seek to create and discover and instinctively know right from wrong. Many things which set humanity apart during a lifetime are because God has made us in His image, and this is no less true in old age.

Yes, human life is precious to God, and its value does not dwindle with age or condition.

Nearly 50 years ago, Burt acquired a disease that has eaten away the cushion in his spine. This disease has caused him to shrink multiple inches. It has also decreased his mobility and he now lives with continual pain. There is no cure.

Yet Burt wears a smile and rarely speaks of his struggles. He continues to offer his life as a living sacrifice to his sovereign God. Burt has not let his condition absorb his purpose. Even though he is past 80 years of age, he continues to take leadership in ministry at his church. He is also sought after by others for advice.

Burt would never consider euthanasia to end his physical struggles. Even proponents of euthanasia may look at Burt's life and agree, "He has too much to offer..."

But what of those who are strapped to their beds by an incurable condition? It may seem they have nothing to contribute to society and the light of hope has left their eyes. Perhaps they have given up. Doesn't a quick, painless death seem to be most humane and beneficial for society?

On the contrary-- Burt and the person who is bedridden hold equal value in God's eyes. Thankfully, man's worth is not subject to man's opinion. Our value is also not determined by our circumstances. No, God has assigned the value. Life in the beginning is precious, and so is life in the end.

Precious In God's Eyes

Interestingly, the debate over euthanasia tends to center around quality of life. Proponents of it argue, "At what point is life no longer enjoyable or beneficial?" Thankfully, our life's value is not subject to how much we enjoy it. If that were the case, suicide should be applauded. (Scarily, sometimes it is.) Our life's value is also not subject to our society's opinion of when life is beneficial to others. What a dangerous line to draw!

Whether we trust in God or not, our life is precious to Him. However, it seems that one's opinion about the value of life is closely connected to one's trusts in His sovereignty.

One who trusts in God's sovereignty can comfortably leave the determinations of life in His hands. God has created life. He has assigned great value to life. And God is the giver and taker of life. It would be dangerous for us to assume authority regarding when life should end.

However, relying on God's sovereignty is a position in the minority these days. This explains why issues regarding life (abortion and euthanasia) seem to be taking a turn in our culture. God's sovereignty was at one time unquestioned by a majority of the population. With the plethora of opinions about God that exists today, it's no wonder that our culture has thought it okay to take life into our own hands. Those who don't trust or acknowledge God naturally feel it's okay to play god.

Interestingly, the very people who play god regarding the lives of others were still created, and are still highly valued, by God. They just don't know it yet. I hope someday they will know this and can pass it on to their children.

I have a routine with my children nearly every morning. They wake up, we cuddle, and I ask them, "Who made you precious? Did mamma make you precious? Dadda? Dora [the Explorer]?" "No," they say with a giggle. "Well then, who made you precious?" I ask. "Jeee-us," they say.

I love my kids. They are most precious to me. But their value is not tied to what I think, because I didn't make them. God did.

God made the Pharisees. When they sent their question, intending to trick Jesus, they were likely unsuspecting that Jesus would return with an answer calling them to give their lives fully to God.

God made us. May we carefully protect the life He has created and accurately display the image He has stamped upon us-- from the wrinkled flesh forming in the womb to the wrinkles displayed as we near the tomb.

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