The value of human life

January 17, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith

Scripture: Psalm 139:13–139:16

The value of human life
Psalm 139:13-16

“The quality of a society is largely defined by how it treats its weakest members.” R. Alcorn.

What are examples of the weak, powerless, vulnerable, defenseless, and disadvantaged?

1) What gives human life value?
Every human being is made in God’s image. Genesis 1:27. God is intimately involved with our formation in our mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13–16. What do these passages say about the value of human life?

2) Are fetuses (preborn children) human?
Embryology says a “fetus” is a human being. There are many references in the Bible to the personality of children in the womb. The same words are used for the child in and out of the womb.

3) We should not unjustly take the lives of preborn children (or of any human).
Do you agree with this? What about cases of rape and incest? How would you answer the statement: “I’m personally opposed to abortion but I’m prochoice”?

4) Why is abortion accepted and prevalent? Discuss this question in light of the reasons below.
Deception about the humanity of the unborn.
Distorted views of the value of human life.
Acknowledging the fetus is human, but denying it is a person who has a right to life.
Personhood not a function of size, level of development, environment, or degree of dependency (SLED)
Valuing personal circumstances more than the fact that the fetus, the preborn, is human.
Believing it is better for the baby to be aborted than to be born into bad circumstances
Not seeing the ultrasound.
Abortion industry involves big dollars.

5) What should a person do if he/she has had a part in abortion?

6) What can we do to protect the lives of unborn children?
From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S.