Dear Ms. Witty,
I went to a conference recently and a speaker made a comment that unbelievers have no value as human beings. And that really bothered me. Can you clarify this for me?
I am with you on this one. I do not agree with that statement either. But in the speaker’s defense, sometimes we have so much to say and our mouths and thoughts can run over each other. This can lead to missed opportunities and time to expound on statements made. We can edit writing but LIVE statements, it is what is. So I can’t speak on his frame of mind or what he was trying to get across to the audience because I was not there. However, what I can do is give you some understanding of what the Bible has to say about unbelievers as human beings.
First of all Jesus said in Matthew 6:26 that God takes care of the sparrows and He takes care of the lilies of the field. How do we know Jesus said this? Because it is in red. You have more value than the sparrows and the lilies of the field. Jesus was speaking to human beings that were not born again yet. The Word of God also says that He makes the sun rise on the good and evil and sends down rain on the just and the unjust…..Matthew 5:45. So unbelievers have just as much value as human beings as Christian believers. God created us in His image according to Genesis chapter 1 and Matthew chapter 6. You can look throughout the Bible and see that. In Romans chapter 5, the Bible says that while we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. Well, who would die for somebody that didn’t have any value? So, if He died for the ungodly human being, then the fact is, the ungodly, sinners, unbelievers, have as much value to God as anybody else because Jesus’ blood is what gives them value. Jesus’ blood is what makes every one of us valuable. He shed His blood on our behalf.
A thing’s value is determined by how much somebody will pay to own that thing. And God was willing to pay with His own blood to have you and me. When Jesus died on that cross He paid an awesome price for the souls of all that were lost.
Your value or worth is in God not in man. Man does not determine your worth. Whose report will you believe? What they say doesn’t make it so but when God says it, IT IS SO! So don’t be bothered be VALUED because you matter!