Human dignity A biblical term?
Reflections on human dignity originated after the Second World War. In the light of the massacre of the Jews, people started reflecting on the question: Do all people possess a basic dignity that cannot be taken away from them?
The slogan displayed at the gate of a Nazi concentration camp read: “To each his due”. Within the frame of reference of that time a concentration camp and gas chamber was regarded as a fate that Jews deserved.
Is it right to think about people in this way? Is this the way in which the Bible talks about people? Is this how God feels about people? Are there people who, because of their race, culture, religion, nationality, economic ability, social status, bodily reality or whatever category, are so despicable, unworthy, un-human, that they do not deserve to be treated with the same respect as other people?