Let us take a journey back in time – to the beginning of your own journey through life – that journey which began in your mother’s womb . . .
Just four weeks after conception, your brain could was recognizable, your arms and legs were already visible as stumps. Also, your kidneys were already well developed. That is, after just 28 days.
By week five you were less than one centimeter long, your head was half the length of your body, and yet your heart had begun to pump.
By week six, nerve connections were linking up at the rate of 250,000 connections per minute. That is, no less than 360 MILLION nerve connections per day.
At this time your eyes and ears were already well formed, your mouth had taken shape, and your skeleton had begun to form. Yet, remarkably, you had been in existence for just 42 days.
By week seven your stomach was secreting digestive acid and your fingers and toes were well differentiated.
In less than two months, you transformed from a single cell into a fully functional human being?
How could this remarkable transition take place in just 60 days? What does this tell us about that original cell? What does this tell us about the Designer of that original cell? Was it a “simple” cell, as some think of it? Clearly, there simply is no such thing as a simple human cell!
Today that original cell has replicated (sub-divided) itself into over 100 trillion cells. That’s right, today your body has over . . .
By some process unknown to science, certain of these cells become immune cells. Others become brain cells and others become blood, lymph, tissue or nerve cells. Also, others again combine to form the various organs of the body. Each organ to serve its unique function in the various systems of the body.
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These systems, in turn, are so interdependent that it is impossible for any system or group of systems to function without the others. Imagine the brain functioning without oxygen provided by the lungs. Also, imagine the muscles contracting without energy made available from food absorbed by the digestive tract. Imagine the transportation of energy to all the muscle cells without blood plasma and the circulatory system.
Ultimately, these systems work to provide for the needs of the body cells
For example, the respiratory tract enables the body to obtain oxygen needed by all the cells. The digestive system provides the amino acids, glucose, and other raw materials needed by all the cells. And the kidneys, lungs, bowels and skin all work tirelessly to excrete the waste products produced by the cells during the process of energy production.
Residing in the nucleus of each of your cells is the DNA. This is the code of your life – the genetic information that drives every step along the pathway from fertilized egg to adult. DNA carries the record of your anatomical and physiologic makeup. Furthermore, it carries the manual of all body structures and functions – including the code of everything you inherited from your parents.
In one single cell there are some 6 BILLION “steps” of DNA. In computer jargon we might say that the DNA in one microscopic cell contains some 6 billion bytes (“digits”) of intelligent information.
That is . . .
6,000,000,000 bytes of information per cell
`The amount of information stored in a pinhead’s volume of DNA is staggering. It is the equivalent information content of a pile of paperback books 500 times as tall as the distance from Earth to the moon, each with a different, yet specific content.’ (Royal Truman, www.trueorigin.org)
`The instructions in one DNA molecule, if spelled out in words, would fill several sets of encyclopedias. Despite this enormous amount of information, the physical amount of DNA is small. Some estimate that the DNA of all five billion people alive today could fit into a teaspoon.’ (Dr. William Dysinger, Heaven’s Lifestyle Today, p.16)
Remarkably, the DNA in one cell is a mirror copy of the DNA in every other cell in your body – yet you are absolutely unique in that your DNA is unlike the DNA of any other person on our planet.
What else can we conclude from all this but that you carry around in your body a mind-boggling mega-load of information. A mega-load that is equivalent to 100 trillion computer hard drives with 6 billion bytes of intricately “pre-programmed” information?
100 trillion x 6 billion = ?????
That is the sum total of all the information that it takes to run your marvelous, incredible, amazing, fantastic, miraculous life – and this is not just mumbo-jumbo type of information, but extremely complex information that is constantly drawn upon in a perfectly coordinated and impeccably organized fashion in order to meet the uncompromising needs of the body.
Whichever way we look at it, there is just no getting away from the obvious – you are a masterpiece of creation – infinitely complex, awesomely intricate, bewildering in design, wonderful beyond words – a miracle of the very first order.
This being the case, do we not owe it to ourselves to study this miracle, and to make every effort to meet the needs of this miracle? Should our first priority in life not be to saturate our minds with knowledge that will help us to preserve this miracle, and to keep it healthy, that we might enjoy the true wonders of being truly alive?