"[T]he Bible teaches individual responsibility and accountability. Psalm 62:12 says, “Surely you [God] will reward each person according to what he has done.” The Apostle Paul quotes this Psalm when speaking of the Day of Judgment: “God will give to each person according to what he has done” (Romans 2:6). An important principle arises from this: individual responsibility entails individual dignity. If each and every human being will be held to account, it means that no human being is of no account, worthless, or to be disregarded. If God claims that “every living soul belongs to me,” and promises to deal with every single one of them, then all people are important. In other words, you have never once met an unimportant person. Our 19th century Dutch friend, Herman Bavinck, put it this way: “[E]very human person is an organic member of humanity as a whole, and at the same time, in that whole, he or she occupies an independent place of his or her own.” A person is “a unique idea of God, with a significance and destiny that is eternal!” More famously, C.S. Lewis:
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption."