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Discovery Magazine 9/1/2001

Designer Extraordinaire!

by  Brad Harrub, Ph.D.

What does it take to get water flowing through a water fountain on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building? Water can’t just hop on an elevator like you and I can. So, how does clean water get up that high? Did working water fountains just arrive there by chance? No! It took men who engineered, designed, and built water pumps, storage reservoirs, and pipelines. Some of these same intricate "waterworks" designs can be observed in prickly cacti living in the desert. A cactus is able to store and distribute water even during dry, hot summer days—and yet it is covered with thorns so that desert animals can’t easily get to that reserved water? Are cacti examples of good design, or do you think they "just happened?" All of the design we see in nature is a clear indicator that there is a designer—God.

Consider for just a moment the location of that hot Sun that beats down on those cacti? The Sun gives off 12,000,000°F, and is estimated to be 93 million miles from the Earth. Any closer and all the plants and animals would burn up; any further away and we all would freeze to death. The precise distance of the Sun from the Earth is perfect for us to live and grow food to eat. Additionally, the orbit of the Earth around the Sun is so precise that every night we can watch our local weatherman and know the exact time of the sunrise and sunset. In Genesis 1:14-19, we learn that God organized the day and the night, the seasons and the years. Is it by chance that we have cold snowy weather during the winter and warm days during the summer, or is the placement and orbit of the Earth around the Sun a product of an intelligent designer?

Nature is full of examples that demonstrate design. For instance, fish were specially designed to live in water, while humans were not. Ducks have specially designed feet, which allow them to swim through the water, while chickens do not. Or consider the complexity of the human body. The complex design of the circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems indicates that there is a designer. No wonder the psalmist wrote: "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1). Just like the Empire State Building wasn’t created without a designer, neither was the Universe. Hebrews 3:4 tells us that "every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God." Men may be able to put water fountains on the top floor of the Empire State Building, but only God can design human beings and place them on a planet that can support life.



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