When does a pre-born baby take on the status of a person?
In a previous blog posting titled, Personhood – What Is It?, I said that a person has intrinsic value with rights and responsibilities. Personhood, is to have the intrinsic value of a human being with all the rights and responsibilities that go along with being human.
In the blog posting titled, Personhood – Image of God, I showed that this special intrinsic value is given to mankind as part of their creation and “included a body formed from the dust of the earth and a soul, breathed into man by God.” The passages presented show that Adam became a living being when the breath of God was “breathed” into him. Generally we accept that new born babies are fully human with both body and soul.read more
In the blog titled Personhood-the-most-important-question-today I raised the question with respect to Vital Organ Donation, “Does vital organ procurement result in the death of the person? Or is the person somehow separate from the body, such that the person can be dead and the body still alive?”
In blogs titled Personhood-What Is It? and Personhood-Image of God, I said that persons are specially created by God. Persons are the image of God. Persons are united body and soul. A persons special status begins at conception and continues until death, at which time the body returns to the dust and the soul goes to God.read more
In my blog post Personhood-What Is It, I said that to have personhood, is to have the intrinsic value of a human being with all the rights and responsibilities that go along with being human.
The Christian worldview, the worldview of the Bible, holds that God, with the creation of mankind, gives mankind special intrinsic value. A name for this intrinsic value, in modern language, is personhood. Mankind is created in a special way that is different from animals. Genesis 1:26-27 says,
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (NKJV)read more
Why would I write on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and the image of God. The bible teaches that mankind are made in the image of God. In Genesis 1:27 it says, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” God created them, both male and female in His Image. In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” The bible teaches that there is only one true God. Here the one true God describes Himself with plural pronouns. This is an early reference to the truth that is contained in the Bible, that in the One true God are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Genesis 3:28 it says, after God created them, male and female in His Image, that “God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.” Genesis chapter 2 gives further description of God’s creation of mankind saying,read more