The Sanctity of Life

Tonight at our church Bible study, we looked at some of the issues raised by medical ethics. This included euthanasia and abortion. We looked at a number of Bible verses which indicated that only God has the right to create and conclude human life. While we were in the womb, David tells us, God knew us and planned our days.

We considered the doctrine of the sanctity of life. This is the belief that all human life is intrinsically sacred and valuable for no other reason than being human. Like a solid silver coin that has a low face value, so a human being has innate worth because of whose image he or she is made. For example, a person with downs syndrome is just as valuable as someone without.

It was an interesting discussion though we were not insensitive to the needs of terminally-ill people wishing to die and young women who found themselves pregnant without being able to cope.