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“Life – a precious gift from God”

There are serious implications for businesses with the delay in lifting lockdown for another month, and concerns being voiced about our economy. As important as these are we must not forget that this is being done to save lives AND all human life is precious.

Christians believe there is something special about human beings. People are not like anything else in the entire universe. We are not just the highest level of evolved life. The Bible says that people are made ‘in the image of God’. We share something of his nature: the ability to love and to forgive; the desire for justice; an understanding of good and evil. We also have something eternal in our nature – that we refer to as a soul.

Life is a God-given gift. Everything that Christians believe about the sanctity of life follows on from this.

The Bible makes it clear how much God loves us. He knows us individually. The writer of Psalm 139, says of God, ‘you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. God knows us all intimately: Jesus told his followers, ‘the very hairs of your head are numbered’.

No matter how old or how young, no matter how ill or how healthy – God is concerned about our lives and values us. We should therefore value human life above all else and if by delaying another month we save even just one life – we are working in accordance with God.

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