Man is a Design


The famous drawing called L’Uomo Vitruviano was made by Leonardo da Vinci, during the Renaissance, around 1490.* Its inspiration was a discussion by the Roman architect Vetruvius, who lived during the first century B.C.* In his time, shapes as simple as a circle or square were considered to be “fundamental geometric patterns of the cosmic order.” Vetruvius observed elements of design in both nature and man. He became known for applying these concepts to architecture. If you look closely at the living man, all the evidence you need to believe in intelligent design is right in front of you.


There’s an order and arrangement in things that were designed and created. It’s visible in architecture. It can be heard in a symphony. You see it in cars and computers, or the internal mechanisms of a watch. They have qualities like strength, harmony and precision. Their construction and performance are not random or chaotic. There’s a plan and purpose behind their activity. Just like the human body with its many different parts all working together in unity. It is supremely complex and highly organized. Each part performs a specific function, and all of them are needed to support the life that is in the body.


Lungs breathe in the air. Blood carries oxygen. A heart pumps the blood while other muscles attach to bones by tendons to facilitate movement. From a central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) goes out a network of nerves able to control the movement of limbs and sense pleasure or pain. Sensory organs allow us to see and hear, smell, taste and touch the world around us. And the energy to do all this comes from the food we eat which came out of the ground and goes into the stomach then out of the body! We were fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise the Lord!


God made us, inside and out. He gave us form and structure. Things like proper proportions, symmetry and beauty came from Him. Just take a look in the mirror. Your face is not an accident. It took great skill to produce such a work of art. Like Mona Lisa or The David, just as man-made things have a maker – so does man himself. Genesis reveals how God formed the first man and woman, that He made only two genders (male and female), and He gave them the ability to reproduce life. Creation is revealed in the Bible, and the evidence is all around us. To God be the glory!


Scriptures tell us…


For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20 NIV)


I will praise You [Oh Lord], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. (Psalms 139:14 NKJV)

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