by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
This Sunday, August 1, is American Family Day, an annual holiday established by Arizona Governor Raul Castro in 1977. I wanted to take the opportunity of the holiday to briefly introduce my Fun Fact about Psalm 139:14 and the value of life.
What did the Psalmist say about the way God made him?
Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (NKJV).
I have discussed this topic before, especially when introducing Ernst Haeckel (“The Bloodiest Hands in Human History”) and also Genesis 2:7 (“The Value of a Man”). In the first, I emphasized the consistency of evolutionary beliefs that lead a person to view human life as the product of random chance chemical combinations, and nothing more valuable than that. A worldview that accepts the notion that human beings evolved slowly from other less-advanced animals necessarily leads to a conclusion that there is nothing special about human beings, so why would the life of a human being—whether outside or inside the womb—have value?
On the other hand, Genesis 2:7 describes the uniqueness of man, and that God created him from the dust of the ground. Man’s value comes from a Creator God Who breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Who designed man for His glory. Who gives humankind dignity and purpose and value. Who fearfully and wonderfully makes each person in the womb. A worldview that acknowledges this truth necessarily leads to a conclusion that human beings have special value, and that life is to be treasured.
Arizona got that right too, when the current Governor, Doug Ducey, signed into law Senate Bill 1457 earlier this year, making it illegal for healthcare providers to perform abortions based on genetic conditions. “There’s immeasurable value in every single life—regardless of genetic makeup,” said Governor Ducey. “We will continue to prioritize protecting life in our preborn children, and this legislation goes a long way in protecting real human lives” (tinyurl.com/AZSB1547).
“Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” That second half of Psalm 139:14 reiterates the common theme of the Psalms: the Psalmists knew God was the Maker of the world and all life. There is no doubt about it: from the first man to the most recently born, from conception to the grave, every human being has a soul, and no soul is excused from recognizing the Creator (Romans 1:20).
You don’t have to live in Arizona to celebrate your family this Sunday. In fact, several other states (including Georgia and North Carolina) have adopted their own similar holiday. You can use the #AmericanFamilyDay hashtag to find out how some people are celebrating or visit this iMOM page to find ten suggestions to celebrate your own family.
Don’t just take my word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/bibleVerses/psalm13914.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.