A. Secular/Popular Evangelical View: I am human, not a dog. Therefore I am valuable. I am wonderfully made therefore I am wonderful. I have intrinsic worth. God loves me unconditionally. God Don’t Make No Junk.
B. Biblical View: I am created in the image of God. I am redeemed by God. I have value because God loved me because I was created in His image.
Worth: God’s love offers man salvation freely through grace. But most men do not meet the condition (Jn 3.16) of believing and receiving that love. Man must repent not reject that love. That’s a condition: “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Lu 13.3). Unconditional love sounds like universalism—the belief that all men are already saved.
“God Don’t Make No Junk” is a partial truth. Man has junked up his own life. God is not to blame. God created man as perfect but man in Adam sinned. All his thoughts became evil. Now man is not wonderful but wicked. (Jer 17.9; Gen 6.5,11-13).
God did not redeem me because I am somebody. I became somebody because I repented and became His spiritual child. This relationship with God is all of His grace and mercy. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” –John Newton.
(above based mostly on teaching of Jim Berg and Ed Earwood)