Saturday, March 4, 2006

Imagio Dei

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" (Gen. 1:26)

"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man." (Gen. 9:6)

Man is made in the image of God. Murder is punishable by death because of this principle: human life is sacred. It is sacred because all man is made after the image of God. The killing of the killer (by government, or in essence the death penalty) is therefore not in violation of God's law in Exo. 20:13. Abortion is sin. Many seek to justify abortion by using the rare occasion of a mother's 'endagered' health, as if the majority of abortions are truly a medical emergency. Still others would say that it is their 'constitutional right' and one wonders 'which Constitution, the U.S.?' As though our forefathers did not care about the 'pursuit of life.' Hopefully the words of a conservative writer would serve as a reminder to us: "We are all overgrown fetuses." (Robert George, The Clash of Orthodoxies).

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