Living High In A Low World

Quality of life is a much discussed issue in our society. Many in the world today would make it the standard for one’s worthiness to live at all. If that level of importance is to be placed on “quality of life”, It seems to me, it becomes imperative to accurately define what constitutes a quality life. Is it a physical health issue? A mental health issue? A spiritual issue? How about an age Issue? Or perhaps an educational or financial issue. I propose that it is none of these things. Well then, how do we define quality of life? By what measure? What is it?

It comes down to this: If mankind is just another evolutionary animal at the highest rung on the ladder of evolution, then quality of life, individually, is whatever each individual determines that it is for him or herself, and corporately, whatever society determines that it is. When measured by that standard, whatever that standard is, when the physical quality of life decreases, the value of that life decreases with it. However, if every human being is a created being, then it becomes the purview of the creator to determine the value of every life. On the one hand, from the humanistic point of view, the value of life is determined by the physical quality of life. On the other, if there be a Creator God, the value of life is determined by Him and the physical quality of life has no voice.

That is not to say that God has no interest in our physical quality of life. He very much does. It is to say that the physical quality of life is not the measure of the value of life. The value of life is determined by this: Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and He has a plan and a purpose for every human life.

Quality of life is not determined by the human condition, but by relationship with the Creator God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus, Son of God and savior of all mankind said this: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me. John 14:6. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10b.