The Value of a Human Life: $129,000.
In theory, a year of human life is priceless. In reality, it’s worth $50,000. That’s the international standard most private and government-run health insurance plans worldwide use to determine whether to cover a new medical procedure.
The Value of a Human Life: $129,000 – TIME
For the believer, a life held priceless is more than just a theory. We worship a God who we believe is our creator.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5
If we were to base the value of life in terms to which we could assign a simple monetary value, then we would, in effect, be guilty of devaluing life. It’s no wonder then to see how easily others who do not believe in God do this all the time. We cannot justify the ending of life so casually if all we are as persons can be determined by a price tag. From that vantage point we might think it was possible to pay it ourselves. But if life were so vastly precious that no amount of money could purchase it, then we would understand how God Himself values us.
You may ask what value does God place on human life? Well, enough to send His Son to die on the cross for us so we might be saved from the penalty of sin that is death!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:18
But, does the Bible have anything to say about life saving medicine or medical procedures? Not precisely as we would understand modern medicine today. But scripture reveals that God will heal us if it is His pleasure. Moreover, nothing in scripture addresses the use of medicine as sinful for the purpose of healing, although there have been attempts to do so using scripture out of context. God promises us life and an abundant life as well. Our health is important to Him and so of course to us. But if a medical procedure would have the effect of ending a human life, it is easy to conclude that God would not want that for us.