There are two 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. Julian Huxley said it this way, “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.”
The other view is that we are the result of design and planning. C. S. Lewis had this answer to those who believe we are merely accidents:
“If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our thought processes are mere accidents — the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the materialists’ and astronomers’ as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts — i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy — are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident would be able to give correct account of all the other accidents.”
We believe that the human body exhibits evidence of design, not accident. Here is a list of randomly selected facts that scientists have learned about your body which we believe show design. As you examine this list, ask yourself this question: “Can I rationally believe that the incredible complexity of my body is the result of mindless forces, or does it indicate design?
You possess 3,000,000,000,000 (three trillion) nerve cells all coordinated by the brain.
You have 30,000,000,000 (thirty billion) working sections in your brain.
You have 131,000,000 photoreceptors in your eyes.
You have 24,000 hair-like cells in your inner ear which react to sound and convert it to nerve impulses.
Your small intestine has a surface area of 970,000 square feet.
Your heart beats 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
Your liver manufactures 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 each day.
There are 35,000,000 gland cells in your stomach to allow it to break down food without digesting itself.
Your kidneys have 40 miles of tubing and clean 500 gallons of your blood every day.
Every cell has 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million) bits of data in it. (That is as much information as 10,000 encyclopedia-sized books.)
Your body has 639 muscles that must work together.
Our joints must move 25,000,000 times in our lifetime without wearing out.
There are 30,000,000,000,000 (thirty million million) cells in our body with 10,000 functions.
Obviously these numbers are averages, but they indicate the incredible complexity of our bodies. Do you believe these factors all came together by accident, or is this another Dandy Design?
The Human Degree, Anthony Smith, J.B. Lippincott, 1976
Evolution, The Modern Synthesis, Julian Huxley, 1942, p.576
God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis, Eerdmans, 1970, 52–53
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