Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – Part Three

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8

Look yourself in the eye. It consists of 120 million rod cells and 6 million cone cells with the capacity to distinguish 100 million colors. The 137 million light cells in the eyes take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.  It works closely with the brain; in fact, it’s often regarded as the window to the brain. The human eye is the second most complex organ in our body, after the brain. Although it is only approximately the size of a golf ball, your eye has 2,000,000 working parts! If your eye were a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels.

Even Darwin marveled at the human eye commenting, to imagine the human eye evolving by natural selection is an absurdity to the highest degree.

The brain is the center of a complex computer system more wonderful than the greatest one ever built by man. It computes and sends throughout the body billions of bits of information that controls our every action, right down to the flicker of an eyelid. The brain can hold five times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. There are 100 billion neurons in the brain that process an average of 600 thousand thoughts a day. 

Studies show a single human brain contains some 200 billion nerve cells connected to each other by hundreds of trillions of synapses. It has more information processing units than all the computers, routers, and Internet connections on Earth.

Without a doubt, the most complex information-processing system in existence is the human body. If we take all human information processes together, i.e. conscious ones (language, information-controlled, deliberate voluntary movements) and unconscious ones (information-controlled functions of the organs, hormone system), this involves the processing of 1024 bits daily.

If this overall information is not fascinating enough, consider a sampling of one square inch of your epidermis. Each square inch of your skin includes four yards of nerve fibers, 600 pain sensors, 1300 nerve cells, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors, 75 pressure sensors, 100 sweat glands, 3 million cells, and 3 yards of blood vessels.

Our bodies are living miracles, ongoing miracles, awesome miracles of creation. The miracle, that is your body, is the house in which the real you lives. We are not a body with a soul, we are a soul inhabiting a body. What a wonderful habitat.

“What a piece of work is man,” wrote William Shakespeare. “How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty!” 

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)