Experimentation and Abuse

The sad fact is, people who don't believe that humans are made in the image of God will often justify inhumane treatment of some humans for the so-called "greater good."

I think it would be beneficial to us all to be reminded of the gruesomeness of faulty worldview thinking, by reading what happened to some unfortunate people who didn't have human rights advocates.


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What follows is IMHO.

Much of the egregious abuse we see on issues connected with the value and dignity of human life is attributable to HORRIBLE theology within evangelicalism.

Paul said, “if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (1 Cor 14:8).

Even the best evangelicals are either wrong or else inexcusably ambivalent on the preciousness of human life! Our trumpets are “giving an uncertain sound.” And THAT is what is paving the way for people, including “Christians”, to be vague and lukewarm in their convictions and actions over abortion, euthanasia, infanticide -- human rights abuse of any stripe, you name it, the list is endless.

The BEST we’ve come up with in our formal theology is to say that “people have value/dignity because they are created in the image of God.” What does THAT mean? “If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”

The truth is, people are infinitely precious to God. God loves people more than He loves His own life, more than He loves His own glory, more than ANYTHING. That’s what the cross of Christ LITERALLY means. That’s what it PROVES. There is no ambivalence in the cross of Jesus Christ. His life was torture-murdered / aborted / euthanized for people’s sake, for our sake, for love’s sake. How much plainer can you get?

And yet we have respected leaders who propagate -- and whole populations who imbibe, digest, and live out -- THIS kind of horrible theology: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/marchweb-only/21-41.0.html

I’m sorry, but if we have this kind of thinking (with its stunning implications!) in the church, how can we expect anything different in the world at large?

C.S. Lewis had it right when he said, “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” People have infinite worth because they are infinitely precious to God. We are all God’s children – some “enfranchised” children, others “disenfranchised” children by dint of unpardoned rebellion – but children of God nonetheless. Do we hear this clearly and unequivocally and regularly sounded from our digital and deadwood pulpits? If so, produce the evidence; I’m all ears.

Let’s bring this home and each of us ask ourselves, why do *I* love *my* children? Because they are “made in the image of God”? Or because they are my children and, therefore, infinitely precious to me?

Well, God is no different. In fact, the reason we are the way we are about our kids is because He is the way He is about His.

Come on; this is a no-brainer -- or ought to be.

I’m throwing down the gauntlet. If anyone differs with me, I invite you to prove me wrong. Otherwise, join me on the rooftop and start shouting and blowing that silver horn. Every minute counts.
How appalling.

Here's an interview with Susan Reverby, the woman who unearthed the unpublished papers about this Guatemalan study:

It is INDEED a sad fact that people who don't believe we are made in the image of God will justify inhumane treatment of other human beings.

This report is not a "sad fact". It is untenable and criminal. The only way we are EVER going to get back the human decency we claim to be looking for is to hold those who commit crimes against other human beings RESPONSIBLE for their actions!
Exper. and Abuse
Once again Mr. Dostoyevsky's maxim proves true: "If there is no God, then everything is permitted."

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