The Bible teaches that when God created man, He created him in the image and likeness of God: “So God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26–27). The foundational principle of this truth is also the moral and practical foundation for the protection and defense of human life at all ages and stages.
All human life is of equal worth and immeasurable value, from conception to natural death, because man is made in the image of God.
Men and women are intellectual, emotional, moral, and spiritual beings that will never cease to exist; all of these attributes are reflections of characteristics possessed by God. God’s image is also reflected in every virtuous character trait we possess: love, faithfulness, justice, righteousness, patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, mercy, and grace.
The Bible speaks clearly about God’s sovereignty over all of His creation, but it makes a special distinction for mankind—men and women—for we are the only beings created in the image of God. (This distinction is not reserved only for followers of Christ, but extends to every member of the human race.) God has made each of us with a purpose (Psalm 100:3, Psalm 139:13–16a), and He has a plan for our lives that begins at conception—the first moment of our existence (Jeremiah 1:4–5).
Adapted from The Journey of a Life-Giver (2016) Training Curriculum.