Life And God's Image

posted Jun 3, 2012, 7:19 PM by Hector Falcon   [ updated Jun 8, 2012, 3:03 PM ]
The question of human life is a foundational concept that relates to many other issues. This is because according to Christianity, every person is made in the image of God. This makes every person unique and the role of the state is to protect all individuals from harm. The Founding Fathers placed a high priority on the protection of individual human life from the government. They realized that once the government is given the prerogative to define what human life is, then the road to tyranny is not far behind. 

God placed a high priority on the protection of life because we all made in his image. The global flood became a necessity because of the excessive violence and murder that was common in Noah's era. God had to wipe out the human race and start all over again through the lineage of Noah's family. To make sure that the spirit and acts of murder were contained, God instituted capital punishment as soon as Noah and his family left the Ark to repopulate the earth. The death penalty for murder even preceded the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mt. Sinai and is still binding on all mankind today.

"Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man." Genesis 9: 5, 6.

The life issue is extremely important, especially when it comes to retaining our liberty. This is one of the reasons the issue of abortion is such an important dilemma facing our nation and the church. The next article covers the problem in more detail.