Statement on The Sanctity of Human Life
Each year during the month of January, there is a specific focus on the Sanctity of Human Life. What is the purpose for this? Why should we speak up and address it? Is there really sanctity of human life?
All of these questions are answered in the Holy Scriptures. To say the “sanctity of human life” is to say that human life is sacred. Even more succinctly, we believe that there is value and purpose in human life. We believe this because of the doctrine of imago Dei, which is a Latin phrase meaning image of God.
Genesis 1:26 records the Words of God: “let us make man in our image after our likeness.” God created mankind (male & female) in His own image, which means that all humans bear the image of the Holy God.
As image bearers of God, each human being is sacred and has value! This means that from the womb to the deathbed regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, size, appearance, physical ability, mental ability, etc. human life is to be cherished and preserved.
The Psalmist writes, “for you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:13-14).
We affirm on this day and every day that all humans are created in the image of God and have value as His image bearers.