The Sanctity of Life
In the second part of our Noahtic Covenant series we take a look at the blessing and curses of the Noahtic Covenant.
This portion specifically looks at the sanctity of all life. When an atheist replies that God could not uphold the sanctity of life precisely because of the flood story, how do we reply? After all the systematic wipe out of all animals and humanity (with exception of a boat) does not sound like a story about the sanctity of human life.
Genesis 9:1-7 helps to answer the question: does God really believe all life is sacred?
Genesis 9:1-7 briefly focuses on the sanctity of animal life. We are taught that despite animals being given into the hands of men, there are specific ways to treat animals. One cannot be seen as righteous before God, if they mistreat animals (see Proverbs 12:10).
Human Life Affirmed:
The primary purpose of the passage is to reaffirm that mankind is created in the Imago Dei (image of God). God protects his image in two ways in this passage: 1. By stating all of mankind will have to give an account to God with how they treat one another. 2. Mankind is given the right to enact capital punishment. With these two safe-guards in place, God reaffirms that mankind is to be fruitful and multiply.