Amazing Scientific Considerations

Rabbi Don Goldstein God and Bible, God vs. Science

Amazing Scientific Considerations

Excerpt from “A Lawyers Case for God”

Imagine you are walking along a sandy beach and you stumble upon a robot. Would you conclude that someone had assembled the robot and left it there? Or would you decide that this robot had assembled by random chance? It would clearly take a quantum leap of faith to conclude that the robot just happened by chance, even if the robot had many years to assemble.

Now let’s compare a robot to a human being. I think we can all agree that there is absolutely no comparison. Although a robot is remarkable and many have dreamt of having one to order around, human beings are far more complex and are undoubtedly the most amazing “machine” ever. How did humans get here? Did God create us? To help answer these questions, let’s briefly and simplistically examine some of the intricacies and complexities of the human body.

Your Brain

amazing picture of brain amazingYou have a brain that analyzes, recalls, calculates, communicates, comprehends, and operates your entire body. No computer can come close to that. Your brain even equips you with the ability to accept or rej ect the existence of God. Your brain can instantaneously send messages to your tongue, mouth, and lips, instructing them precisely how to contort so you can effortlessly verbalize a word that someone else can comprehend—

thanks to his or her own brain! Do you want to see the amazing versatility and capabilities of a simple part of your body? Please open and close your fist. How did that happen? Your brain sent a signal to your hand instructing it to behave as you desired.

Your brain did not have to physically touch your hand to make it move. Instead, it sent an electrical signal through your nerves (biological electrical cables) and spinal cord to the muscles in your hand and voilà, the clench of your fist, the snap of your fingers, or the creation of art. The options and features are only limited by the creativity of your brain. Your hand also collects sensory information, such as touch and temperature, which it sends to your spinal cord and back to your brain for processing. Your hand has more standard features than a brand new Mercedes!

Sir Isaac Newton, a brilliant discerning scientist, concluded “the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence.” While you sleep, for tunately your brain does not shut down. Instead, it continues to work and keep you alive. It also allows you to dream. You can dream some rather bizarre scenarios that might include talking trees, flying pizza, mammoth scoops of ice cream, and horses in the shape of wagons. These remarkable “special effects” are produced by your incredible brain! After a full night of dreaming, you typically awake refreshed. This replenishing feature is incorporated right into your body. Do you know another machine that recharges itself…on its own? Your brain commands your legs to walk, run, or ride a bike with ease, and even enables your body to multi-task. Many of us can converse with someone about a complex topic while driving a car or putting away groceries. When your brain is in conscious-mode, it can remember details of birthdays and other special events and occurrences for 80 years or more! I can vividly remember events that happened when I was a young child and most likely you can too. Your brain also has memory that enables you to effortlessly recall a commercial jingle or hit song you have not heard for decades! The capabilities of your brain are something to behold!

Your Eyes

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While you were relaxing peacefully in your mother’s womb, over one million nerve fibers from your brain each matched up flawlessly with the correct stations in your retina and your vision was established. Imagine the likelihood of that occurrence! The moment you were born, your eyes began “e-mailing” three dimensional digital images to your brain that were, most likely, perfectly in focus . Throughout your lifetime, your eyelids have instinctively blinked to provide moisture that is essential to the function of your eyeballs. Imagine the challenge it would be to sleep without eyelids. For optimal performance, the pupil of your eye gradually contracts when it is bright and sunny and dilates when it is dark.

Variations in these automatic setting options for your pupils are virtually infinite. Some eyes even change color in the sun. The standard features on your eyes are extraordinary. Your eye is a highly sophisticated and technologically advanced piece of equipment. Did your eyes just happen by chance or did they have a designer? Even Charles Darwin, the creator of the theory of evolution, acknowledged that it was “absurd in the highest degree” to conclude that the eye happened by chance: To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.

Your Digestive System

amazing Digestive System amazingIn simple, non-graphic terms, your digestive system includes four component parts: mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. You could not survive without any of the four; they all had to appear on the scene simultaneously. Essentially a complete and highly sophisticated assembly line exists inside of you! The assembly line begins with your mouth where teeth tear and grind up food so it can travel down your throat.

You do not even have to think about swallowing. It has been virtually automatic since you were an infant. Just before swallowing you are afforded the opportunity to savor the flavor of the food courtesy of about 200 taste buds on your tongue.

After swallowing, your body inexplicably creates and secretes the precise chemicals needed, at the appropriate spots, to further break down the food. This assembly line performs all necessary tasks as the food travels on to its next destination. Nothing is out of order. Al l is perfectly fine tuned. Numerous parts work in perfect harmony with each other; among these are the tongue, salivary glands, pharynx, esophagus, sphincters, stomach, small intestine, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and large intestine. At the end of the assembly line, nourishment is distributed throughout your body—to your muscles, skin, and other tissues. Most of what is not needed is eliminated. If this elimination phase in the digestive process did not happen, you would explode or be poisoned. Simply amazing, is it not, that all of these components are perfectly placed? It is difficult for me to believe that this highly sophisticated system randomly assembled.

Your Heart and Circulatory System

amazing heart and amazing anatomyYou are equipped with an amazing heart, with four distinct chambers, which pumps vitally needed oxygen-rich blood to each of the 75 trillion cells in your body. This is done 24/7 without any conscious effort on your part. Your body is capable of replenishing its blood and the blood itself is capable of distributing oxygen throughout your body. Your blood is also able to clot. Without this “special effect,” most of us would die after our first shave, if not sooner. To transport blood, your heart requires 75,000 miles of intricately woven blood vessels. You have three types of blood vessels (veins, arteries, and capillaries) which are anatomically distinct and perform different functions.

Arteries are elastic; they expand and contract as they pump the blood away from your heart. Veins return the blood back to your heart and contain strategically placed valves which prevent blood from pooling and flowing back to your legs due to gravity. Capillaries are amazing too, merely one cell in diameter and perform various functions depending upon where they are placed in the body. Imagine if all of these components did not materialize at the same time! I cannot imagine the blueprints or engineering expertise required for such an intricate system. Can you?

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