OUR SKIN—EVIDENCE OF DESIGN
How are you all doing out there? I hope all you mothers had a wonderful mothers day yesterday. For those of you who don’t live in the USA, our country takes one day out of the year to celebrate motherhood. It is a joyous occasion where our children express their gratitude for all the hard work us mothers have done throughout the year.
And speaking of mothers, we often have to have tough or ‘thick’ skin to survive all the hurts and fears of motherhood. But what exactly is our skin and what does it do?
Our skin is amazing, only a few millimeters (less than a ¼ of an inch thick) on average it is what protects us from all the dangers the outside world throws our way. It protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun as well as closes and heals over wounds inflicted to its layers protecting us from blood loss and infections. Our skin is also the largest organ of our body weighing about 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in the average sized adult. It covers the entire surface of our bodies including, believe it our not, our eyes. The skin covering our eyes is transparent, having a different DNA code than the rest of our skin.
Our skin is marvelously highly resistant to water, grows hair which can help with both cooling and warming our bodies, and is constantly in repair of itself. “Every minute we lose about 30 to 40 thousand dead skin cells from the surface of our skin, which equals about 9 pounds of dead cells every year! The outer cells can’t fall off too quickly, however. If cell loss exceeded cell production by only a few percent, we would quickly lose our stratum corneum (outer layer of skin) and die. Amazingly, cell loss precisely matches cell production.”1 We pretty much get a whole ‘new’ skin every 28 days!
It also can regulate our body’s temperature by controlling how much heat reaches the skin’s surface by filling the small blood vessels near the surface to dissipate heat. In addition, “We have about three million sweat glands in our skin that can secrete up to about three quarts of sweat per hour. Sweat, which is largely water, evaporates off the surface of our skin, giving a cooling effect.”2
“A piece of your skin about the size of a small coin and only three millimetres ( less than 1/8 inch) thick contains about 240 sweat glands, 35 oil-producing glands, two metres (seven feet) of blood vessels, 25 hair follicles, nine metres (30 feet) of nerves, and hundreds of nerve endings. All of these work together perfectly, doing their various duties continually.”3
In addition our skin and most of the animals’ skins are strong and flexible. Some animals even have hard skins such as turtles, tortoises, crocodiles and alligators, rhinoceroses, etc.
Could all of this have evolved through environmental pressures and natural selection? The answer is no. Remember macro evolution is supposedly achieved throughmutations. But remember what mutations does to DNA? All mutation save one (the Harlem mutation) are detrimental causing a loss or rearrangement of DNA information which always results in some type of disfunction.
Only a supernatural Intelligent Designer could have created such a complex organ that interacts so intricately with the rest of the body in every second of the day. We tend to take our skin for granted so the next time you pray, let’s give our gratitude to the Lord for designing such a protective, regenerating organ that works so hard for us all year!
Until next time, God bless, and take care
This week in the night skies; for the northern lats; “Summer is more than a month away, but the Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is Vega. It's already sparkling in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two or three fists at arm's length. It's in view by the time nightfall is complete, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to Vega's lower right after 11 p.m.”4
For everyone; “The Last Quarter Moon is Monday May 11. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on the 15th.”5