Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!


Did you know that if you compare the number of atoms in the human body to the number of stars in the known universe, your body is a million times more comprehensive than the universe? Scientists and doctors have estimated that the human body has approximately 1028 atoms. (1 with 28 zeros after it!) Now, consider the known universe, which is estimated to have 1020 stars. God really wasted no creativity and design when He made YOU!

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." 

Psalm 139:14 KJV

We are extremely complex creations that have the fingerprints of God's creativity all over us. The psalmist says in Psalms 19:1 that "the Heavens declare the glory of God". Well then, if you are a million times more complicated than the known universe, imagine how much of God's glory that YOU declare! 

Each atom has three main subatomic particles called electrons, neutrons, and protons. The atom's nucleus us made up of the protons and neutrons, while the electrons orbit the nucleus. I'm sure most of us learned this in middle school, but were probably too busy day dreaming to allow the beauty of it all sink in; I know I was. You see, what's amazing here is if you had a nucleus roughly the size of a basket ball, the electrons in orbit could be more than 2 miles away; and that's a conservative estimate! With all that empty space in between the electrons and the nucleus, imagine if you were small enough to hold that nucleus in your hand like said basketball while staring out into the empty distance looking for the orbiting electrons. Now think again about the number of atoms in your body (1028). How much empty space is actually in your body? You could possibly even compare your internal body to that of outer space if you get small enough! 

Have you ever asked yourself if subatomic particles are made up of sub-subatomic particles? Or maybe that the sub-subatomic particles would be made up of sub-sub-subatomic particles? Believe it or not, scientists have actually found over 200 subatomic particles SMALLER than protons, neutrons, and electrons! Where does the subatomic road end? Does it end? I, for one, think we are actually infinite internally as much as space is outwardly. I believe it's just another one of God's awesome ways of declaring His glory to mankind, but we all need to learn how to consider His creation instead of overlook it.

How about the human cell? Not as small as the atom, of course, but so busy with life with many complex systems at work. You could easily describe the cell as comparable to a large city bustling with a multitude of different functions. Additionally, each cell is made up of roughly one trillion atoms, and each person has anywhere from 10 to 100 trillion cells!  Here are some jaw dropping facts to ponder about the awesome cell...

  • Each cell generates its own electric field, which at times is larger than the electric field near a high-voltage power line.
  • Each cell contains specialized energy factories called biofires that use adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Every cell contains hundreds of these miniature ATP motors embedded in the surfaces of the mitochondria. Each motor is 200 thousand times smaller than a pinhead. At the center of the ATP synthase is a tiny wheel that turns at about a hundred revolutions per second and produces three ATP molecules per rotation. 
  • Each cell has its own internal clock, switching on and off in cycles from two to twenty-six hours, never varying. 

- "More Than Meets the Eye" by Richard Swenson, p. 21

Let's now consider your DNA as another example. Your DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the holy grail of proof for intelligent design against evolution. DNA is comprised of 4 different bases. Each base is paired up with another base, creating a staggering THREE BILLION base pairs! Here is a set facts that will give you a better idea of the glory of God's infinite creativity in your DNA.

  • If we were to take all of the DNA out of a single cell and stretch it out, it would be over five feet long.
  • This same DNA is so thin that it is only 50 trillionths of an inch wide.
  • A strand of DNA stretched to the sun would weigh only one-fiftieth of an ounce. 
  • If you were to take this single-cell DNA and compress it down, it would be tinier than a speck of invisible dust. 
  • If you took all the DNA from all the cells in the body and squeezed it together, it would fit inside an ice cube. 
  • If you were to take this same DNA from all the cells and stretch it out end to end, it would reach 10 billion miles (at minimum; the maximum estimated range is 170 billion miles).

- "More Than Meets the Eye" by Richard Swenson, p. 65

DNA is literally a biological LANGUAGE that tells every living thing how to be constructed. The "blueprints" of life, if you will. But this language, or code, is no simple thing. With it's three billion base pairs, it's one of the most complicated and advanced languages in our universe! Nothing man made has yet matched it's complexity. Even Bill Gates is recorded stating, 

“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.

- Bill Gates, "The Road Ahead"

Last mention here, but DEFINITELY not least, we can't marvel at God's creation without mentioning the human brain. A known scientist, and author named Isaac Asimov stated, 

"In man is a three-pound brain, which, as far as we know, is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe."

- Smithsonian Journal, June 1970, p. 10

Dr. Swenson also said in his book,

"The capacity of the brain is such that it can hold information equivalent to that contained in twenty-five million books, enough to fill a bookshelf 500 miles long. In contrast, the Library of Congress has seventeen million volumes."

- "More Than Meets the Eye" by Richard Swenson, p. 40

I could truly write THOUSANDS of mend-bending facts just like these about every facet of the human body, space, etc. I have discovered a book that is, in my opinion, one of the BEST books I have read on this amazing topic. It's actually the main source of this article, and I give full credit where credit is due. You may have already read my citations for Dr. Swenson. His wonderful book, "More Than Meets the Eye" goes over a ridiculous plethora of incredible facts of the body's infinite complexity and God's hand in its creation. After reading this, it's extremely difficult to conclude that God played no hand in the creation of the universe. This is one you want to share with your friends, for sure!

Purchase Dr. Swenson's book HERE. I very highly recommend this book! You will not regret reading it!

Of everything God has made, humans are His most cherished and loved creation. But, we are not created like anything else in existence, instead we are made in God's own image!

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." 

- Genesis 1:27 KJV

Written by: Joshua Berry


Resources:

Book: "More Than Meets the Eye" - by Dr. Richard Swenson