Tuesday, August 30, 2005

# 63: Human Value?

What right does anyone have to put us in this world without our permission? Since some might not choose to remain in this senseless—and in many ways worthless—world, what are our options? Our best choice is to live a lifestyle whereby a certain group will desire to kill us—I like that. John 17:17, “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? . . . .” Then in John 6:63, Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.” If one puts the two verses together, Jesus literally is saying that physical life isn’t worth a damn—it is spiritual life with God that is of real value, and I personally can’t wait until I get out of this world. Jesus led His life in such a way that men desired to kill him and relieve Him of the continual agony of putting up with ungodly life in the physical world.

I desire to do the same. If I do and say all that is written in most of my writings, then yes—men will desire to kill me also. Praise God! That will be my way out. Then I can say that the best reason to live in this world is to have a compelling desire to get out. That compelling desire comes from seeing how religious leaders have perverted the true message of Christ to such an unbelievable degree. That fact upsets me more than words can describe.

To make up for not being asked into this world, we are given a choice: continue living as happy-go-lucky, craven cowards in a world without love, or aim in the direction of our glorious death as brave followers of Christ by showing—and I didn’t say “telling”—the world what God is really like. These are the true Christians that the religious clergy, if they are allowed to continue, will attempt to stamp out as soon as they appear.

Why do we consider ourselves valuable? Is it our intelligence that makes us believe we are more valuable than other animals? On close examination, we have the same body parts as most animals, especially the primates. If humanity became extinct, would the world be any worse off? I don’t think so. I truly believe it would be much better off. What is there about us that makes us think we are extremely valuable? We kill an animal for food and think nothing of it. We kill a person for some random reason and we are incarcerated or executed. Again, I ask, what makes us more valuable than an innocent animal?

Yes, there is one attribute that gives humans the ability to have lasting value: We have the ability to believe in the existence of an abstract supreme being (God). As far as I know, we are the only species on this planet with that ability. The reasoning behind that statement is this: Anyone who truly believes in God will live in such a way that is in unison with His desires. God will teach that person how to become like Himself. Under this condition, a human has lasting value; apart from that, as God sees it, human life has the same value as any lower animal.

You may ask, “If the preceding statement is true, why aren’t we allowed to kill, keeping in compliance to what God said (‘Thou shall not kill’)?” The answer is that we don’t know which person will believe and which one will choose not to believe in God. If it were legal to kill anyone, we could kill someone who in the future might have believed in God, and thus we would be hindering the work of God. For that reason and that reason only, humans are counted as valuable, though that value is temporal. Once the godless die, they are of no value; these dead people have no real value except possibly as important historical figures.

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