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You Can't Be Serious!

It’s July. It is the month for the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament to be played. We all know that famous line, “You can’t be serious!” uttered by tennis player, John McEnroe. He said it disputing a line call in a Wimbledon singles match against Wisconsin native Tom Gullikson in 1981.

There are other realities in life where we can – in utter astonishment- exclaim, “You can’t be serious!”

  • A human cell is like a miniature and very complex factory that makes all the parts of our bodies. The human body contains about 100 trillion cells that store information in an alphabet called the genetic code or DNA.  DNA is made of simple units that line up in a particular order within it, carrying genetic information.  The human genome contains around 3.2 billion nucleotides of DNA, divided into 24 linear molecules. The shortest molecule is 50 million nucleotides and the longest is 260 million nucleotides, each contained in a different chromosome.

  • The eye contains over two million working parts and is considered the second most complex organ in the body— the most complex is the brain.  When light hits the retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye), special cells called photoreceptors turn the light into electrical signals. These electrical signals travel from the retina through the optic nerve to the brain. We see by a 5-step process:

Step 1: Light enters the eye through the cornea 

Step 2: The pupil adjusts in response to the light

Step 3: The lens focuses the light onto the retina

Step 4: The light is focused onto the retina

Step 5: The optic nerve transmits visual information to the brain


  • Through root systems and common mycorrhizal networks, plants are able to communicate with one another below ground and alter behaviors or even share nutrients depending on different environmental cues.  Plants communicate through their roots by secreting tiny amounts of special chemicals into the soil all through the plant's root zone - what scientists call the rhizosphere. These chemicals, called root exudates, send signals to every other living thing in the root zone.


  • The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter from Minnesota to Mexico. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. There also appears to be a combination of directional aids such as the magnetic pull of the earth and the position of the sun among others, not one in particular that assist in navigation. Some monarchs fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home!


Let’s review

  1. As humans we read an alphabet of 26 letters. Our bodies are made up of a language that is over 3 billion symbols long.

  2. We see by a photograph that is created in our head by electrical signals. This happens after going through a 5-step process.

  3. It has been proven plants communicate with each other.

  4. A monarch butterfly knows how to navigate 3000 miles from Minnesota to a precise mountain in Mexico.

Let’s ask

  1. Is it possible that these wonders can evolve over time?

  2. What is the statistical possibility that the human body began with a language 3.2 billion symbols long without a designer? 

  3. If there were original creatures that didn’t know there was a sense of sight, how did sight develop? Could all five parts of the eye develop at the same exact time and two million working parts develop all at once without an intelligent designer?

  4. If evolution is valid, could the egg of a monarch exist years before the caterpillar came along?

  5. How did plants that do not possess a brain ever develop the ability to communicate with another, independent plant?

No one will ever know if the tennis umpires’ line call of “out” that John McEnroe reacted to and screamed the statement “You can’t be serious” was correct or not.

I believe I am correct when I say millions of plants and animals could not have appeared from nothing and developed in a mindless, unguided process.

For me, the answer is scientifically correct, valid and provable that the world was magnificently designed and operates with precision and fine tuning beyond what we can comprehend or imagine.

I am thankful the intelligent designer is the loving, creator God of the Bible who wants to have a personal relationship with us.

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