What is the meaning of life? As far back as we know, it has been the great question on the mind of every human. It seems no matter how much or little we have, the one thing we all seek is meaning. It is the great equalizer. It is what, in a sense, makes us human.
If we dig deeper, the greater question in this might be: Is there a purpose for our existence at all? Out of the 7.6 billion humans inhabiting this earth today, if we were to just suddenly vanish, would it make that big of an impact? Perhaps to our families and friends, our immediate world — but what if we had never existed at all?
This brings us to an even deeper question: What is our value? What are we worth? What price would we be willing to pay for our existence? One might think our value varies. Perhaps we would pay a great deal to secure the existence of Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, or any of the great world-changers who have lived over the course of human history. What price would be put on our own heads? Or, for that matter, what price would we put on the heads of those who never had the chance to take their first breath?
To discover something’s value, we must look at two things: where it came from and the price someone would pay for it. As a part-time job, I sell vintage merchandise online. These two questions are what I ask every time I sell something: What was its origin (year, manufacturer, etc.), and what would a buyer be willing to pay? If we are going to appraise a human, we must first ask these questions.
The pro-abortion movement puts a price on the heads of the preborn. The act of abortion declares the preborn “fetus,” “embryo,” or “zygote,” is comparatively worth less than the woman carrying it. It does not have enough value to be carried to term and given the chance at life. We are assuming we are aborting a clump of cells, rather than potentially killing the next Einstein. This dangerous mindset is based solely on the worth of the child. Instead of valuing the fetus as a “child,” we call it an organism; a clump of cells.
Just like we supposedly were.
If one examines the Darwinian perspective on the origin of the universe, it provides a rather bleak picture concerning our value. The Evolutionary theory is the Earth originated from a collision in space, called “The Big Bang.” Life itself came from a “Primordial soup.” This makes us nothing more than evolved descendants of microbes which could be described as a “clump of cells.”
By telling us we come from nothing more than cell soup, modern culture has stripped us of our value. This devaluation of the human race affects every level of human development, but it hits those in the womb hardest of all.
We as Christians believe in the highest possible value which can be placed on a person — a value which can barely be understood by our human brains. The value perceived by the act of the Son of God dying to ensure our salvation. That of a God who intricately designed the human race, and each member of it. Who places a distinct soul and unique purpose into every human the second it is conceived.
This value is determined by His standards. When God Himself is removed from the picture and replaced by scientific theories which require no divine Being whatsoever, the result is a devaluation from something “created” to something which “appeared.”
We are not cosmic accidents. Every human ever conceived has a priceless value set upon them the second they exist. This value is not determined by gestational stage, but by what its Creator says, and His position on the matter is unmistakable. In the book of Jeremiah, He declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” In the Psalms, King David praised the Lord, saying, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” He goes on to say, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
These declarations by and about a Creator are powerful, but if we do not recognize a Creator, we cannot recognize ourselves as created beings. Recognizing a divine Creator puts an entirely new perspective on the worth of each baby in the womb. If the life in the womb suddenly has tremendous value, it makes one rethink the act of terminating a life. This is the foundation of the Christian pro-life perspective — a perspective all could benefit from considering.
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