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Sanctity of Life
The inherent worth of human beings; includes references to abortion and euthanasia.
Key passages
Ge 9:6

“As for the one shedding the blood of humankind, by humankind his blood shall be shed, for God made humankind in his own image.

Ex 21:22–25

“ ‘And if men fight and they injure a pregnant woman, and her children go out and there is not serious injury, he will surely be fined as the woman’s husband demands concerning him and as the judges determine. And if there is serious injury, you will give life in place of life, eye in place …

Le 18:21

“ ‘And you shall not give any of your offspring in order to sacrifice them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am Yahweh.

Ps 139:13–16

Indeed you created my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was created secretly, and intricately woven in the depths …

Pr 23:22

Listen to your father—he who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Je 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you came out from the womb I consecrated you; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Mt 6:26

Consider the birds of the sky, that they do not sow or reap or gather produce into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are?

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