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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

July 11th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‘end it all’ with morphine?  What are the implications of expectant parents having Down’s Syndrome screening for their unborn babies?  How do we cope when our ageing parents no longer recognise us?

On Sunday we began a new series looking at some important questions of modern human life that aren’t addressed directly in the Bible: Matters of Life and Death.

I suggested, as we began, that we need to be pretty careful to a) humbly work through the issues without asserting false certainty, and b) speak kindly and civilly about these important issues that can also make our hearts hurt if we’ve lived through the kinds of difficult situations we’ll be pondering.

Last Sunday we began by looking at the idea of being made in the image of God, a key idea from Genesis 1.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

I suggested on Sunday that this means that we human beings are a bit like rented houses and a bit like Prince William.  Listen to the sermon on the audio page for what I mean.

I intend to be very careful in contributing to our conversations on these issues, and encourage you to do the same.  But we’re not going to shy away from things that are crucial parts of being human in the 21st century.  I’m looking forward to hearing from God and each other through the series.  If you have particular questions or topic you’re interested in addressing, leave a comment below.

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