Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Value of Human Life

I've been contemplating how much we value human life in this generation. The other day in my Human Behavior class, our professor brought up a book she is currently reading that documents the history of violence. She mentioned reading that we are currently living in the least violent society ever in history. It was kind of hard to believe when you think of the daily violence that takes place in the world. Then again when you really look back deep into history, there was a time when taking a human life meant nothing.

Today during my Christology course we watched a short film about the times of Jesus. One of the things they addressed was how human life was depicted during that time. One line that resonated with me in film was how "human life was cheap in the Roman Empire." The film focused on the things that Jesus did during his ministry on Earth. It talked about how he sat to eat with sinners and how he healed the sick. I just kept thinking about how Jesus came to teach us the value of human life. He did so in a way that did not go against Jewish law but simply challenged it so that the priority of the religion wouldn't be to honor a ritual but to honor God and one another above all.

This is something that I will continue to contemplate on during my spiritual journey...

When the authorities asked Jesus why He was doing what is "unlawful on the sabbath", Jesus responded:

"The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."
(Mark 2:27-28)

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