2015-03-31 - The Sixth Commandment
It’s 1979. Francis Schaeffer said: “… we find ourselves in a more consistent but uglier world-consistent because people are taking their low view of man to its natural conclusion, and uglier because humanity is drastically dehumanized. “The Bible teaches that man is made in the image of God and therefore is unique. Remove that teaching, as humanism has done on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and there is no adequate basis for treating people well.
“… we are faced today with a flood of personal cruelty. … the Christian consensus gave great freedom without leading to chaos-because society in general functioned within the values given in the Bible, especially the unique value of human life. Now that humanism has taken over, the former freedoms run riot, and individuals, acting on what they are taught, increasingly practice their cruelties without restraint. And why shouldn’t they? If the modern humanistic view of man is correct, and man is only a product of chance in a universe that has no ultimate values, why should an individual refrain from being cruel to another person, if that person seems to be standing in his or her way?” 1
Schaeffer goes on to identify areas of concern including: Genetic Engineering, Child abuse, Abortion, Infanticide, and Euthanasia. What has all this to do with the Sixth Commandment? The subject is the value of human life and God’s concern for how we treat one another.
Study to be continued.