From Jim O'Brien
March 15, 2019

In the Image of God

Hi Friend,

Of all the mistakes a human can make, one of the most serious may be underestimating the marvel of the design of his own life. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." (Gen. 1:27) There is no better model for creation than God himself.

Of all the things God created, you have the privilege of being more like Him than any other species in the universe. David was moved to ask, "What is a human being that you are mindful of him, a son of man that you take notice of him?" (Psalm 8:4) And the part of man that is most like God is the human mind.

While we can't dissect the mind, scientists have found new ways to measure the brain. The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, located in Boston has found a way through magnetic imaging to create a high-resolution color view of the neural pathways of the brain. These pictures reveal a mysterious grid structure like longitude and latitude lines on a map.

They've discovered that your brain is made up of over 100,000 miles of nerve fibers (enough to circle the earth four times) called white matter. They connect the various components of the mind, giving rise to everything we think, feel and perceive.

In spite of the dizzying complexity of the circuits, scientists learned from the pictures that they all intersect at right angles, like the lines on a sheet of graph paper. Scientists speculate that our thoughts run like streetcars along these white matter tracks, just as signals travel from one region of the brain to another.

Furthermore, they learned that each neuron is a distinct cell, separate from every other one. Scientists refer to this as the "Jennifer Aniston neuron" because each neuron picks one item and responds to it. Neurons, they learned, respond to specific faces.

Your brain has billions of neurons and each neuron has on average 10,000 synapses. Experts say that the total data that can be stored in a section of brain no larger than a grain of salt is a hundred terabytes, the amount of data in about 25,000 high definition movies. What does that mean for the average person? It means that the amount of data stored on your brain is equal to all the written material in all the libraries of the world.

It makes you wonder how you could ever have scored less than 100% on any test you've ever taken?

One can only conclude that such a complex and perfect creation could never have occurred by accident. It means that there is purpose and meaning to life. Maybe the greatest proof of intelligent design is your own body. And the intelligent designer is God.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien