The Incredible Body of Man
There are two basic ways of explaining the existence of our bodies. One
is to say that we are the product of blind forces and that we are simply
a gigantic accident. Huxley said it best when he said, "We are as much
a product of blind forces as is the falling of a stone to earth or the
ebb and flow of the tides. We have just happened, and man was made flesh
by a long series of singularly beneficial accidents" (Anthony Smith, The
Human Degree, J. B. Lippincott Co, 1976). The other view of man is
that we are the result of design and planning. This view does not say that
change has not taken place; it simply says that the forces that produced
man as we see him today are and have been intelligently directed.
There are many ways of analyzing these two alternatives, but one
of the most interesting evidences is simply the size and complexity of
the human body. Here is a list of randomly selected facts about your body
that have been learned by man. As you read through them, we suggest you
ask yourself if such incredible size and complexity can rationally be believed
to be the result of mindless forces.
You possess 3,000,000,000,000 nerve cells all coordinated by the
You have 30,000,000,000 working sections to the brain.
You have 131,000,000 photoreceptors in your eyes.
You have 24,000 hair cells in your ears that react to sound and convert
it to nerve impulses.
Your small intestine has a surface area of 970,000 square feet.
Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day beating 100,000 times
Your liver manufacturers more than 1,000 different enzymes, each controlling
a different chemical reaction.
You have 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body.
You breathe 438 cubic feet of air a day.
There are 35,000,000 gland cells in your stomach to break down food yet
not digest itself
Your kidneys have 40 miles of tubing and clean 500 gallons of your blood
Every cell has 1,000,000,000,000 bits of data in it (the same amount of
information as 10,000 encyclopedia- sized books.
There are 639 muscles that must work together.
Joints must move 25,000,000 times in our lifetimes without wearing out.
There are 30,000,000,000,000 cells in our body with 10,000 functions.
Obviously these numbers are average figures depending on the
size of the person and other factors, but they all speak of the incredible
complexity built into each one of us. When David said, "I will praise thee
Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14), he was understanding
what a marvelous creation our bodies are. Let us praise God by how we live
and how we use what we have been given.
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