Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-22
Ancient culture: Human life was viewed by the powerful as a renewable resource.
God introduces the idea that human life has built-in value.
We are unique from all other forms of life.
1. There has been a literal devaluing of human life.
Being anti-abortion and pro-capital punishment are both sanctity of life issues.
Suicide is self-murder. But it is not a sin which cannot be forgiven.
If a person is dying, you preserve the sanctity of life and help that person to manage their pain with dignity and honor.
2. Human life has been devalued in a figurative way.
The violence done to a person when angry words are spoken is also irreversible.
The command to not murder is a command for us to cherish human life.