Pastor Sam Crosby
San Saba’s First Baptist Church
October 3, 2017
The human body is so complex. Even as I think and type on this Apple Computer I marvel at the ability that God has given to man. It would be absolute foolishness to suggest that this computer in front of me simply “evolved” through a random process of unguided events. Obviously someone designed and created this amazing tool. And yet the human body is incredibly more complex. King David marveled at human life, saying, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous…” (Psalms 139:14, NLT). So what do we know about the body?
The website, Live Science, lists twelve major systems that make up the human body. These systems circulate blood, process oxygen, break down food, protect against disease, control body movements, and provide for reproduction, to name a few. The body has 650 muscles that function seamlessly held up by 206 bones that give stability and protection. Scientists tell us that about 2,000 gallons of blood travel daily through 60,000 miles of blood vessels, both nourishing cells and removing waste. It is hard to fathom the intricate design of the human body, much less believe that it happened by random accident.
The Reader’s Digest Book of Facts provides this summary: The human lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries that if laid end to end would stretch about 1,500 miles. The eyes contain muscles that move around 100,000 times a day and receive about 90% of all our information. Each kidney contains 1 million individual filters and processes an average of 1.3 liters of blood per minute. They also expel nearly 3 pints of urine daily. In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat to bring a half-gallon of water to boil.
Researchers have yet to understand the complexity of the human brain. It functions through the transmission of electric signals between nerve cells called neurons. Each transmission is called a synapse. Every brain has an estimated 100 billion neurons. The total number of synapses in the brain is said to be more than the total number of stars in 1,500 Milky Way galaxies! Stanford professor Stephen Smith says that one synapse may contain on the order of 1,000 molecular-scale switches. This means that one human brain has more switches than all the computers and routers and internet connections on the Earth. Are you still going to argue this happened by accident?
In a recent speech the highly regarded Austrian evolutionary theorist, Gerd Müller, admitted that evolution cannot explain the origin of life. The complexities of life are too deep and vast. He also argued that this is no longer a minority view but a widespread feeling among scientists and philosophers. He offered no alternative view, but the Bible does: “So God created man …male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJ).