In the beginning, God’s Spirit, Word, and breath brought forth life and called it good (Gen. 1:2-3; John 1:1-4, 10; Gen. 2:7). Adam and Eve’s sin brought about death – the unnatural rending of body and spirit, decomposition, and damnation.
Would God destroy life or save it? Consistent with His character, He carried out His plan of redemption. After all, "the Father has life in Himself" (John 5:26). He would continue to speak life into the world and offer each person one life in which to accept or reject His Word. At great cost to Himself, He sent His Son to redeem life and His Holy Spirit to regenerate life.
Despite man’s failed attempts to generate life, and his boasting about medical advances to prolong life, only God can give and truly sustain life. He alone has the right to determine life’s end (Job 12:10; I Samuel 2:6).
Human life is sacred not only because it originates from God, but also because it reflects His character (being made in His image and likeness, Genesis 1:26-27, 9:5-6), and is redeemed with Christ’s precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19). Because this is God’s view of personhood, we believe every person’s life is significant – regardless of physical, intellectual, or spiritual levels of development or disability.
The truth that life matters brings to light God’s love. Because “God so loved the world,” every person alive today may enjoy a restored relationship with God and never-ending life through faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18, 17:3; Rom. 6:23; 1 John 5:11-13).
The divine mandate to fill the earth with God’s glory – first with life (Gen. 1:28, 9:1), then with the good news of eternal life (Matt. 24:14, 28:19; Lk. 24:47) – is divinely supported (see Gen. 11:4 and 8; Acts 8:1 and 4). God is personally involved with His creation, not wanting anyone to die (2 Pet. 3:9).
Since God doesn’t show favoritism (Acts 10:34-35) and in Christ all people are equal (Gal. 3:28), believers should stand for life regardless of race, place, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic standing, or culture, and should use this pro-life platform to spread the gospel.
Contributor: Sue Ellen Doenier, administrative assistant