Human Life

The Church’s teaching about human life is based on Holy Tradition, including the Scriptures as a primary resource and the ongoing teaching and interpretation of the Orthodox Faith.  Life is a gift of God in the formation of the created world.  All life is precious, but human life is uniquely created by God in the “image and likeness of God.”  Human life as such is deserving of deep respect and individual human beings are to be treated in accordance to their inherent human dignity.

 

Thus, racism, unjust prejudicial treatment of men and women, genocide, forms of sexual exploitation, domestic violence, child abuse, rape, theft or destruction of legitimately owned property, deceptions and deceit, environmental plunder and other such manipulative behaviors violate the human dignity of others.  Human life as a gift of God should be respected.