3 Basic Ways We Measure Human Value
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What gives worth and value to platinum, gold, silver, or precious stones are not the intrinsic value of the metal or stone.
Rather, it is the value established arbitrarily by mankind.
Those values fluctuate year to year, sometimes even month to month or week to week. An ounce of gold could have been purchased for $333.00 in 1992 but today that same ounce of gold might sell for $1290.00.
While the money markets and banking industry place high value upon these precious items, Heaven uses gold, silver and precious stones for footings, foundations, and the paving of streets.
The premium value in the divine economy is not placed upon stones and metals but upon individuals and relationships.
It is curious how many times individuals will use the same value system as money markets and banking in judging the value of another human being.
- What will their contribution be to society?
- How will they benefit the advancement of the company?
- What are the levels of their skill set?
- More important, what are their disabilities?
These are the instruments used for measuring the value of a person.
An expectant mother went to the hospital suffering with appendicitis. Upon examination and treatment the doctor also informed the expecting mother that she should have an abortion.
The child she was carrying would not have quality of life for it would be disabled. Indeed, had the mother listened to that valuation of her child the world would not have the incomparable music of Andrea Bocelli.
A young boy who would not sit still in class and could not memorize the daily lessons was deemed to be “addled” and probably would not amount to much.
He certainly would not go far education wise.
The mother of this young boy who suffered from dyslexia refused to believe the teacher’s assessment of her son. Rather, she home educated him and instilled in him the confidence to learn and to explore new fields of invention.
This boy grew to become one of the greatest of all inventors, Thomas Edison.
What about the men and women who are not musical or scientific geniuses? They are your everyday plumber, electrician, truck driver, store clerk, data entry, or nurse.
Where is their value?
Is the baby in the womb merely fetal tissue and the only value is that which the mother or father may place upon it at the whim and fancy of their current emotion?
Is quality of life determined by the measure of contribution a senior citizen or a disabled person is able to provide the community and society?
What are the measures that establish the value of a human life, whether it be a Bocelli or a truck driver; whether it be a thirty-two year old MBA or a seventy-nine year old with kidney failure?
Human worth and value must never be measured in terms of the level of expertise or strength of contribution.
Every person has a limited measure of capacity for contribution, no matter their skill level.
They are not experts in everything and they do not excel in every task. All human beings experience decline in physical strength and stamina after a certain age.
The level of contribution and their ability to maintain excellence in skill declines each decade thereafter. That does not mean the person’s worth and value is declining.
True worth and value of human life are found in the intrinsic measure of three primary arenas.
3 Basic Ways We Measure Human Value
An executive session was called to order in eternity passed in which discussion was held regarding the making of a new species.
It would not be another order of angelic being.
It would be the most unique of God’s creative order. “God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image.’”
The new species would be called man or human being and the template would be none other than God, Himself.
1. Creative Design
The primary measure of the value of an object is found in creative design.
The lesser the value of the object there will be less detail and structure in the design. The greater the value of the objective being made the greater the detail and structure in the design.
Every human being has the highest measure of design and detail proclaiming they have the highest measure of worth and value.
Not only was the human race created by design but with divine purpose and destiny.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:27-28 MEV).
God’s handiwork is in the design and fabrication of every human on earth.
“You brought my inner parts into being; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for You made me with ear and wonder; marvelous are Your works, and You know me completely. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and intricately put together I the lowers parts of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed, yet in Your book all my days were written, before any of them came into being” (Psalm 139:13-16 MEV).
Every human being is created by design with a unique and specific blue print.
They are created with purpose and destiny that fits perfectly with the blue print and design for their life.
2. Personal time and attention
Worth and value are expressed by the measure one desires to give personal time and attention to a person without them earning it or even deserving it.
“How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake I am still with you” (Psalm 139:17-18 MEV).
God sought fellowship with mankind in the garden.
When mankind rejects God and turns their back on Him, it is God who comes seeking them and desiring to redeem and to restore relationship.
“For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 MEV).
3. The amount of love given
It is the love quotient that gives the greatest measure of worth and value.
- Love sees worth and value where others may not.
- Love gives assurance, affirmation, security, approval, encouragement, and respect.
- Love drives away insecurity, worry, fear, anxiety.
- Love heals rejection and low self-worth because love pours into the heart those things that affirm and assure this person has great worth and value.
At this critical juncture of human history with historical re-write and moral relativity we have adopted a culture of death.
The pre-born can be murdered up to the time of birth because they are deemed to have no value to society.
We have committed living suicide by declaring human sexuality has no worth or value as determined by the natural order of creation in the human body.
Rather, male and female is determined by one’s emotional self-rejection and arbitrary choosing.
Into this moral free fall we must insert certainty and restorative healing that can only be found in the affirming assurance and securing love of Heavenly Father who gives every human being true worth and value.
It will not be found in the arbitrary vapor of humanistic self-acceptance.
The eternal, unfailing love that declares “I love you so much I give you My supreme gift, My Son.
He will redeem you, reconcile you, and restore you.”
More articles about Human Value and the Sanctity of Human Life:
3 Ways to Add Value to Your Life
Three Amazing Things the Bible Says About Human Life
3 Basic Ways We Measure Human Value
Foundational U Podcast: Ep. 34 – What is the Quality of Human Life?
Foundational U Podcast: Ep. 35 – Does Some Human Life Have Greater Quality of Life?
Foundational U Podcast: Ep. 36 – When Does Viable Life Begin?
Foundational U Podcast: Ep. 37 – Is It Ever Right and Just to End a Human Life?