Friday, January 12, 2007

The Human Body: A Marvelous Testimony to an Intelligent Designer

I have a friend who graduated from med school a few years back. One night, while he was still in school, I was over at his house looking through one of his textbooks. The book was about 800 pages long and filled with hundreds of photographs of the inside of the human body. I was amazed. I mentioned to him that I would find it difficult to believe that any of the students, after seeing the inside of body up close like that, could remain atheists. He said, "Charlie, there are NO atheists in med school." Now, I'm sure that there are some atheistic med school students out there somewhere. But his point was well-taken. 

The complexity of the human body causes many of them to abandon any previously held atheistic views.
The body is indeed a marvelous testimony to an intelligent designer. It has:
  • an amazingly complex nervous system
  • cardiovascular system
  • reproductive capability
  • skeletal system
  • muscle system
  • digestive system
  • ability to heal itself and fight off diseases
I find it difficult to believe that the human body could have come into existence by some mindless process apart from an incredibly intelligent designer, even given millions of years.

The late agnostic astronomer Carl Sagan conceded that the brain alone is a "machine more wonderful than any devised by humans" and that it holds "enough information to fill some twenty million volumes" (Carl Sagan, Cosmos, p. 278). Did this marvelous piece of machinery "more wonderful than any devised by humans" come into being by undirected, blind natural processes? I dont have enough faith to believe that. You could leave the barren side of a mountain exposed to wind, rain, the forces of nature, chance and millions of years of time and you would never get a Mt. Rushmore, let alone a living, breathing human being. Why? It takes intelligence. You need intelligent intervention. It would take great intelligence to create a robot that operates like a human, and it would take even greater intelligence to create a real human being.
No one alive today would believe that the faces of Mt. Rushmore came about by millions of year of erosion, wind, rain and undirected random acts. And yet atheists believe that real-life human beings with 206 bones, 640 muscles and hearts that beat over 100,000 times a day, are the product of a mindless, random series of accidents. This is foolish.

The Psalmist was right when he said, "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'"

The above content is excerpted from our DVD, "Evidence for the Existence of God" available in ABR's online store (DVD: $11.95 or CD $5.95).