Sanctity of Life?

Is life sacred?  Is there such a thing as 'the sanctity of life?'  Based upon our work so far in Exodus, our answer should be, "No."  That might come as a shock.  But, the point of Exodus (and elsewhere in both the Hebrew Bible and New Testament) is that life is God's.  Life isn't ours to do with what we want.  It is not our choice to begin it or to end it.  Such things are beyond us and remain in the hands of the Creator God.

With the ten plagues, God goes to great lengths (Exodus 7-12) to show that he is God of all creation and ruler of everything therein.  He rules the Nile, insects and animals, the sun, health of all living things, crops, weather, etc.  He even takes the lives of the firstborn.

This has and should have a profound impact on our Christian ethics and we way we live our lives.  Historically, this is why Christians have opposed such things as infanticide, euthanasia, abortion, war, and the death penalty.  Life, then, isn't so much sacred as it is God's.  Life is not ours to do with as we see fit.

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