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Discovery Magazine 9/1/2011

Designed to Excel

If you watch television much, you have probably seen or heard about athletes who can do some pretty amazing things. But have you ever stopped to think about the fact that such feats mean that there must have been a Chief Designer that made the human body? Atheists would have us to believe that the human body can do amazing things without needing a designer. Supposedly, humans are the end product of millions of random accidents, starting from non-living stuff. Does that make sense to you?

Someone had to design the human arm and shoulder that would allow Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team to throw the fastest pitch ever recorded in a major league baseball game last year—105 mph. Someone had to design the leg muscles that would allow Michael Jordan to jump all the way from the free throw line—15 feet away—to dunk a basketball in a hoop 10 feet in the air. Someone had to design the arm and mind of the great, professional football quarterback, Steve Young, that would allow him to achieve career statistics including over 33,000 yards and 232 passing touchdowns. Someone had to design the human lungs and body that would allow the stamina and strength required for the soccer player, Ronaldo Nazario, to score some 62 goals for the Brazilian national team. Someone had to design Randy Barnes’ arm to allow him to throw a shot put over 75 feet. Someone had to design the body of Usain Bolt to allow him to run the 100 meter dash in 9.58 seconds in the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. Someone had to design the body and mind that would allow for the focus and stamina required by professional baseball great, Nolan Ryan, to throw seven career no-hitters and 5,714 strike outs.

Such feats are extraordinary. The human body and mind could not be a product of millions of accidents and still be capable of doing such things. You can be confident that there is a God in heaven. Next time you watch sports, remember that, and praise God, for you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

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