How Much is a Human Life Worth?

Malaria Kills

How Much is a Human Life Worth?
Priceless in God’s Eyes but Not So Much in Man’s Eyes

What is the worth of a single life? If one can believe the socialization from the visual arts and literature, a human life is priceless. However, in actual practice a human life is worth less than the life of a bird!

Charles Dickens said it well in, “A Christmas Carol“, when Christmas Present revealed the two children under his robe, Ignorance and Want. He warned Scrooge to be especially wary of Ignorance for upon his brow was written the word, Doom! This is no less true today than in Dickens” day. Let us pick a modern-day example of how ignorance destroys others while preserving its own fallacy of “goodness”.

Malaria, spread by the mosquito, has been the scourge of mankind for millennium. In 1939, Paul Muller, from previously forgotten work, developed the pesticide known simply as DDT (The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring). It was first used during World War II (WWII) saving countless lives due to lice borne typhus (scourge of the concentration camps) in war ravaged Europe as well as fighting men and women win the Pacific. Its use was continued after the war until the world believed that it could eradicate malaria world-wide. Then a curious incident occurred. A woman in love with nature heard about birds dying in Mass after the use of DDT and wrote a moving fictional story about how pesticides were destroying the environment, if not the world. Within a decade hardly anyone used DDT and the scourge of malaria resumed with a vengeance.

The book was developed from anecdotal beliefs but not sound research which showed that bird populations were actually thriving rather than diminishing in areas sprayed with DDT. But facts do not win against beliefs and faith is stronger than truth. The modern environmental movement was born believing in the goodness of the “natural savage” at one with nature being continually corrupted by civilization. Except, explorers from Europe, and later America, discovered that those cultures which had not understood and used the scientific method were mired in disease, poverty and ignorance. Despite the excesses of colonization, cultures were benefited with the advent of medicine, hygiene, and education. But the “Silent Spring” threatened to undermine the developing countries attempts to ascend from disease and poverty into the sunshine of health and prosperity through the subduing of their environments to the benefit of their citizens. As the above graphic demonstrates, the Western world’s elitist desire to save nature is done at the expense of 1,000 children a day!

Most wanted - mosquitoes

The Truth – Man is the Killer Behind the Mosquito
The Mosquito Thrives Because Man Allows It

The Cato Institute’s Commentary, “Bring Back DDT“, dramatically discusses one of the possible reasons why those who label themselves as liberals and progressives have such a disdain for human life which they claim to cherish. It is summed up in the views of Alexander King, co-founder of “The Club of Rome“, global think tank. The disgusting truth is that these people believe that there are too many people in the world! Wars and natural disasters are not effective at reducing the population but disease and famines are much more efficient. This reduces the strain on natural resources for those who are most deserving of them, the Progressives.Thus, while claiming to defend and promote the cause of the “Common Man” they are actually trying to destroy people, with their permission if possible, in as large numbers as possible (Read my post: Global Governance – When the World Changed, Again). This is also why abortion clinics are promoted in minority neighborhoods and countries destroying more children than the ancient pagan world ever dreamed of killing through their ignorance.

Now the problem has taken on a new face, Zika! This mosquito borne disease is also attacking the vulnerable, children, even daring to raise its head in the advanced developed nations that had eradicated malaria in their borders. {The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was based in Atlanta, GA, to fight against malaria in the southern United States and succeeded with the aid of DDT!} The nasty truth of Darwinian evolution is that it was seen as the reason why the “white” race was superior to all other races. It is contained in the title of his book, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life”. The resurgence of evolution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was based largely on promoting the superiority of certain population elements and their countries, even at the expense of countless lives of those considered less worth to live than themselves. Now I use these terms as they use them. The truth is there is only one race of people created by God and descended from Adam. There are no white, black, red or yellow people. There are only varying shades of brown from light tan to dark brown, all based on the amount of melanin in the skin.

Dickens was correct in his story, Ignorance is the scourge to be very afraid of for it does bring doom. Those that consider themselves superior are also eaten up by their own ignorance. They ignore God, they ignore the Gospel, they ignore the accounting that comes with standing before God (Re 20:11-15). They believe that their privilege will protect them in the time to come but they ignore the truth of God who said that their destruction will overtake them suddenly (Mt 24:36-44). I do not say this to promote a “social gospel” which was the error of the mainline Protestant denominations in the 20th century that robbed them of the truth of Gospel of salvation. I say this so Christians can understand that mercy extends to those who live in conditions many in America cannot even comprehend let alone imagine! How dare we claim to be merciful and repositories of God’s truth and withhold life-giving treatment from them for the sake of some birds, or frogs, or snails or anything else that is not human. This issue is indeed civilization but it is the civilization that rejects the Gospel and seeks to impose its own horrendous slavery bonds on humanity for the sake of its own comfort and security. How dare we claim to love God while promoting death through our government (1 John 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth). Again, John says, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness” (1Jo 2:9). When we allow our government to withhold life saving materials from the world for the sake of money and influence then we are partner in their sin, it also becomes our sin. We are no difference than the Pharisee, the Priest or the Levite who ignored the beaten and severely wounded person in the road (Lk 10:25-37). We are the outcasts these people have rejected and we should be reaching out to other outcasts the world has deemed less fit to live than themselves. We should go outside the camp and stand with Christ in His shame at the cross wherein is eternal, healing life for those who seek for and give mercy as He did for each of us (He 13:12-16).

Author: LeeS

Retired naval nurse, Dad, Husband, Christian who seeks to share the Bible with those who want more than the superficial milk given out in the majority of today's churches. God has taught me through hard experiences as well as through book learning (Master's of Ministry, Doctor of Ministry).