Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Reason no. 15 why I remain Catholic: Human Dignity

"God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27

We are created in God's image. The creator has given us a royal dignity. We are created to be like God. We were not created to be Gods. This was the mistake of the first man and first woman.

We have our God-given dignity and our life is gifted to us. Our dignity is bestowed upon us by God himself and Jesus came to show us how to live out that dignity.

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him* were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together." Colossians 1:15-17

Because he was firstborn of all creation, the son of God, God made man, he is the living example of what it means to be human. Having given his life for us and in obedience to God the Father, he goes before us and shows us the way of love. He died on the Cross, the ultimate sacrifice of love.

The Cross is the school of love and of life!

We live in a world today where life is disposable. From abortion to prevalent suicide and rampant abuse, we forget that our dignity is what makes us unique from the rest of creation. We were given a dignity rooted in love. Therefore we are called to love and be loved; to love and serve God and others. To go against this dignity is to go against not only God but also our fellow human beings.

Although man and woman are different in every way, we have been given the same dignity. It is through this dignity that we are called to live and honor our feminine and masculine genius.

No other faith honors the dignity of both man and woman equally and above all other creatures. We, different from all other creatures, are given the gift of free-will. We are able to love, think and choose. And in that choice, we are able to honor the dignity of others or not. This is a caveat. Free will comes with the possibility of dishonoring the gift.  But it is the only way love can be lived, in freedom.

We see the result of this freedom. However, our freedom has been disjointed from responsibility and love. Hence, this new form of freedom, a convoluted and distorted form of freedom produces "choices" that lead to a culture of death.

No other faith upholds the dignity of every human being, born or unborn, whatever age, no matter their abilities or disabilities. The Church defends all human life, from womb to tomb and in whatever state.

Human dignity is not something that is earned nor can it be taken away. I came to realize this when I began to learn Scripture and understand the value of life. It wasn't until I came face-to-face with the results of abortion from women dealing with post-traumatic stress after having had an abortion. I witnessed for myself, the devastation that the culture of death had on women who thought they had made a "choice". It left an indelible mark on their heart and in their lives.

The value of human dignity can never be fully understood until it is placed under the light of the life of Jesus Christ.

Disclaimer: photo courtesy of AndisBilderwerkstatt @ pixabay

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