Some time ago during a conversation with a Christian friend we discussed some of the “violent texts” in the Bible. You know, the ones where God commanded his people to slaughter all the inhabitants of various towns, or God praised someone for engaging in deadly violence. I had questions, I said, of how to place this picture of God alongside his most complete revelation of himself in Jesus Christ. Oh, that’s no problem, he responded, for we place too much value on human life. (I think he meant that if life is eternal, as Christians believe, then this life is of little consequence.)
We overestimate the worth of human life!! It concerns me that Christians too often accept the valuations pronounced by our secular culture. The new atheists and transhumanists would have us believe that we are merely animals, no different in kind from earthworms or pigs, or even machines. The problem is not that they want to raise animals to the level of human beings, but that their agenda is to devalue and lower human beings to that of merely biological life or mechanical organisms. It is consistent with their worldview. A few days ago Richard Dawkins provocatively tweeted:
“With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig”
Wesley Smith responded to that silly tweet and concluded, “Dawkins is no more human today than when he was a one-celled organism in his mother’s Fallopian tube. Perhaps no more morally astute, either.”
In the absence of a God who bestows moral worth upon every human being, many in our culture would have us place little to no moral worth on human life. And too many Christians believe that lie. Because there is a God who created human beings in his own image, we are exceptional beings of high moral worth. Wesley Smith is one who refuses to give in to that lie. I encourage you to read his blog.