1. To agree on a definition of value: when I speak of ‘value’ I liken it to the ‘value’ we think of when considering gold.
Gold has a limited supply, it cannot be replicated, and it is desirable.
Likewise for the individual life is limited, cannot be replicated and is desirable.
That’s what I mean by value.
2. Your life has value independent of your belief or disbelief in GOD. I would say the same thing about Freedom.
The value comes from the existence of GOD and the reality of His role in your personal creation.
If GOD is not real and the Bible is wrong, I would argue that individual life as well as Freedom would have a superficial meaning AT BEST.
3. I would say that you should value GOD because He first valued you by creating you and giving you free will, creativity, love, laughter, etc.
The logical answer to real love is to reciprocate it.
Then I would argue that He again showed that he values you by sending Christ to redeem you from your bad choices/sin/mistakes.
Then I would argue that you should care about what GOD wants you to do with your life because he wants to rescue you AND He wants the BEST possible life for you and tells you how to achieve it.
This is all of course predicated on the belief that GOD loves the individual and wants what is best for the individual as He shows throughout the Bible.
4. You say “value is not…substance…it’s a relative judgment that’s made by a valuer.”
Only I see GOD as the lone valuer, which means He assigns the same equal value to ALL individual human life (as well as Freedom). I believe that His opinion is the only one that matters when assigning value to life and Freedom.
When a human individual is a valuer, they will always value their own life, but will they feel the same way about the 90-year-old stranger dying of cancer or the 7-year-old paraplegic? I don’t think so. And history has shown that this is often (not always) the case.
That’s why I believe using a relative judgment made by another human individual to assign value to either life OR Freedom is dangerous and cannot last; eventually death camps and other horrors appear.
Self-valuation presents a similar problem: I may decide that picking boogers and collecting them in a jar gives my life value and purpose, while nearly everyone else would say that my chosen path has no value or purpose at all. What happens when I don’t work, I don’t help the community, I don’t pay taxes, etc and all I do is pick boogers?
Because my life is not assigned value by some kind of worthwhile production or contribution (sounds kind of Communist to me), I could be deemed expendable along with the paraplegic.
The same principle applies to our Freedom. Freedom is mine not only because I say so, but because GOD gave it to me.
If my life and my Freedom come from GOD, they are guaranteed to ‘retain’ their value and cannot be destroyed or changed by some tyrant or government.
"The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle."