The Human Body
Bible Text: Psalm 139:14 | Speaker: Dr. Harold J. Sala | Series: Guidelines For Living | I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
The human body is one of the most intricate pieces of machinery that science has ever seen, one that most of us take for granted most of the time–that is, until our heart begins to malfunction or something goes wrong. Then we realize the importance of our health. The human body is made up of some three trillion cells which reproduce themselves every seven years. We say that a person dies of heart failure, or cancer, or what have you. While that is true, it is technically untrue, for you begin dying from the moment you draw your first breath at birth. Eventually the process of reproduction in the cells begins to slow and culminates in an organ that refuses to function properly. In the case of cancer, the cells of the body refuse to relate normally, and thus death comes.
The Bible declares that man is fearfully and wonderfully made. But I wonder if the psalmist David realized how wonderful the human body actually is. Take, for instance, your human brain. There are a total of about 20 billion cells in the brain–give or take a few. This tiny, three-pound organ is far more complex than anything science has ever produced. Though it is often compared to a computer, scientists say the brain is much more versatile and complex than any computer ever invented.
If a laboratory tried to duplicate the brain at the low cost of five cents per cell, it would cost over a billion billion! Multiplied by the world’s population that is more money than all the governments of the world possess. And all of this is contained in the gray matter just under your hat, so do not be guilty of saying that if someone’s brain were the equivalent size of a piece of dynamite, they could not blow their hat off on a windy day. Do not be sure.
The human heart and nervous system are no less complex.
Who is responsible for the intricacies of the human body? Is it chance, or God? The evidence says that man was not created by chance, but rather that the versatility and complexity of the human body demand a Creator. For almost thirty-five centuries the Bible has declared straightforwardly that man was created by the direct act of God. It further says that man is the highest of God’s creation, endowed with a human soul that lives forever. It is this that accounts for man’s spiritual sensitivity and desire to know and worship God.
It is interesting that anthropologists have never discovered a culture or group of people who have not had some concept of an eternal being, or God. True, their picture of God may have been vastly different from the God of the Bible, yet within the heart of man is the desire to worship a creator. Who put that instinct within man’s breast? Eventually you must face the question–was creation of God, or chance?
If one acknowledges the fact of God’s existence, the next step is to discover how God has revealed Himself to man. That quest can only lead to a book and a person. The book is the world’s best loved and solid textbook on living–the Holy Bible. The person is the leading character in the drama of the Bible–Jesus Christ. Chance never answers the question, “Who, what, why,” but the Bible does. It gives you answers to the three greatest questions of life: Who am I? Where did I come from? And where do I go after I die? Read it and discover God’s plan for your life.
Resource reading: Psalm 8