No worldview (especially atheism) assumes the notion that everyone is valuable, as does the Biblical worldview. Atheism can only offer significance (in regards to people) in a subjective sense.
Unlike how the Bible describes how God values human beings, atheism is not able to treat us as important unless such worth is applied existentially. This means that in the atheistic version of reality, without someone else to announce that you matter, you will never matter. It’s why abortion, for example, is usually embraced by advocates of atheism. In that paradigm, your mattering is completely dependent on someone else to declare your level of significance.
But why is that?
Because, the atheistic paradigm is completely devoid of any universal standards.
Once you ignore the existence of an ideal quality by which to evaluate what something is worth (as atheism does), any semblance of true value becomes impossible to obtain in any coherent form. Once atheism is embraced, all one is left with is an artificial evaluation process predicated upon preference. In other words, atheism is rooted in indifference, and from this indifference comes a brand of evaluation grounded in an egocentric practice whenever it is confronted with making an objective appraisal of human life.
However, Jesus says something fundamentally different…
Luke 12:7b (HCSB)
“…Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows!”
Matthew 6:26 (HCSB)
“Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?”
Matthew 12:12a (HCSB)
“A man is worth far more than a sheep…”
So, how did Christ back these words?
1 Peter 3:18 (HCSB)
“For Christ also suffered for sins once for all,
the righteous for the unrighteous,
that He might bring you to God,
after being put to death in the fleshly realm
but made alive in the spiritual realm.”
How we (Christians) are valued by Christ ought to inform us of how we ought to live our lives, always avoiding the tempting insouciance of a fallen world…
1 Peter 2:1-5 (HCSB)
“So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good. Coming to Him, a living stone — rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God — you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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