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Commentary: "Sanctity of Life"

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is observed in many houses of worship every year, usually on the Sunday following the anniversary of Roe versus Wade on January 22. One human life is more valuable to God than the entire nonhuman creation, because only human beings are created in the image of God. People not only share rationality, personality, and communion with our Creator, but humans also share in ruling over creation under God. "Let us make man in our image and let them have dominion" (Genesis 1:26). As Christians, we must learn to value human life in the same way that the Lord of the universe does.

Human life is sacred because it mirrors God. "There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one" (1 John 5:7). Human beings reflect the triune nature of God in that we each consist of spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). In his incarnation, our Lord Jesus Christ took upon himself a human body; the Holy Ghost is, of course, a spirit; and we are to love our Heavenly Father with all our soul (Deuteronomy 6:5).

Human life is sacred because it magnifies God. Though great in and of itself, God's glory would never be appreciated if he did not choose to create beings that could comprehend and love him for it (Ephesians 3:14-19). There is a very real sense in which the creation of man, the pinnacle of God's handiwork, multiplies and magnifies his greatness because it is the means by which he extends his realm, namely through the propagation of the human race (Genesis 1:27).

Human life is sacred because it manifests God. More than any other part of God's creative work, humankind shows forth in majestic splendor his qualities and characteristics (Psalm 8:3-5). The ultimate manifestation of God in man is found in his Son, through whom he made the universe and who is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3).

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