The Sanctity of Human Life

November 28, 2011

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” – Psalm 100:3a

The American Constitution – normally a bastion for the dignity of mankind and protector of liberty – originally declared that some members of our society only counted as three-fifth human. What evil that this label generated, as America justified slavery for another eighty years! Think about what happened in World War II. The fascist philosophy of the Nazis said that Jewish people were less than fully human. So, there was a justification for the slaughter and the murder of six million innocent Jews? Absolutely not! Throughout history, declaring any human life as less than fully human has always led to grotesque evil.

And it continues today. Beginning in the late 1960’s, we began referring to an unborn child as merely a “fetus.” This clinical word dehumanized the child, turning it from a person into a blob of tissue, thus making it easier to destroy. And since the horrific Supreme Court decision in 1973, estimates show that over fifty-three million* unborn children have been murdered. Add that to the estimated fifty-four million killed in the rest of the world every single year. Compare those numbers to the Holocaust and you will realize that when it comes to the scope of eternal history, abortion is one of the most grotesque evils of all time.

These are the consequences whenever man declares a human life as being less than a human. After all, we were all made by the same Creator. And God doesn’t make mistakes. So, let’s respect the sanctity of human life – from conception through old age.


*Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute