We Humans

We humans are special and complex beings. In Psalm 139:14 ESV you will read, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

God created a world that’s filled with incredible diversity and variety. There are different kinds of races, scenery, objects, stars, plant and animal life and and the list goes on and on. The natural world contains about 8.7 million species of animal life, according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever. But one area that is especially intriguing to is the variety of people He has created. In fact, everyone is different. There are no two of us alike. We are each special.

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And We Humans are Wondrous

Humans are unusual beings by any stretch of the imagination.

Our fingerprints are completely unique to every individual person. Fingerprints are tiny ridges and patterns on every finger that we have. These friction ridges are present on our fingertips, palm, toes, and soles. Our unique fingerprint design is the result of both our genes and environment.

It was on the basis of this notion of the individual uniqueness of fingerprints that police, forensic experts, and prison officials have been so confident that they could identify individuals using this technique. In 1892 Juan Vucetich, an Argentine chief police officer, created the first method of recording the fingerprints of individuals on file but before that, in 1858, Sir William Herschel, British Administrator in District in India, started to require fingerprint and signatures on civil contracts.

Without a doubt, the human trait that sets us apart the most from the animal kingdom is our extraordinary brain. Although we humans don’t have the largest brains in the world — those belong to sperm whales, yet the human brain, weighing only about 3 pounds when fully grown, give us the ability to reason and think on our feet beyond the capabilities of the rest of the animal kingdom, and provided the works of Beethoven, Newton and many other geniuses.

The human brain is the most complex system in the known universe. It is a highly connected structure. Estimates vary, but it is believed there are approximately 86 billion neurons in the human brain.

This size compares to the latest estimates for the number of stars in the Milky Way of somewhere between 200 and 400 billion.
In turn, each neuron in the brain may be connected to up to 10,000 other neurons, passing signals to each other via as many as 100 trillion synaptic connections.

We are different from animals because of our special abilities, like inventing the wheel in 3500 and about 300 years later when somebody thought of using them on chariots.

We also have the ability of complex reasoning, our use of complex language, our ability to solve difficult problems, and introspection. We also think about the future, and yes, even long-term future. We are so different from animals because we wonder about our role in the world and our fear of death.

There are about 200 different types of cells in the human body and over 37 trillion cells in total.

We humans have a brain that is one of the greatest wonders and mysteries of the human body. It makes up, alongside the spinal chord, the central nervous system. The brain itself has three main parts:

  • the brainstem, described as posterior stalk-like part of the brain is elongated, and connects the rest of the brain with the spinal chord. It consists of midbrain, pons and medulla oblongata. Together, they help to regulate breathing, hearat rate, blood pressure, and several other important functions
  • the cerebellum, which is located at the back of the brain and which is deeply involved in regulating movement, motor learning, and maintaining equilibrium
  • the cerebrum, which is the largest part of our brains and fills up most of the skull, houses the cerebral cortex (that has a left and a right hemisphere separated by a long groove) and other, smaller structures, all of which are variously responsible for conscious thought, decision-making, memory and learning processes, communication, and perception of external and internal stimuli

Brains are made of soft tissue, which includes gray and white matter, containing the nerve cells, non-neuronal cells (which help to maintain neurons and brain health), and small blood vessels.

The larynx, or voice box, sits lower in the throat in humans than in chimps, one of several features that enable human speech. We humans have a descended larynx. We also possess a descended hyoid bone — this horseshoe-shaped bone below the tongue, unique in that it is not attached to any other bones in the body, allows us to articulate words when speaking.

We humans are unique compared to primates in how walking fully upright is our chief mode of locomotion. This frees our hands up for using it to do a myriad number of things.

These are emergent properties of an enormously complex system.

Human systems are different from natural, biological, or technical systems. We are more superior to birds or termites or computers. God made us special.

Jesus, the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

We humans should be thankful for the greatest Man Who ever lived and walked the Earth – Jesus. He was born, lived and then died at a young age of 33. But we always wonder about how He looked like, what clothes He wore, how tall He was, what food He ate. We are just curious about Him.

He was born of the Virgin Mary in a humble manger,  in the probable presence of farm animals, with His legal dad, Joseph. According to the Gospels, Joseph was a righteous man, and when he found out that Mary, his fiancee was pregnant, he was understandbly indignant. The Child wasn’t his. But then an angel told him that the Child’s Father was the Holy Spirit, he willingly obeyed God and brought Mary to a small town of Bethlehem, as prophesied in  (Micah 5:2) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Jesus came so that you and I can have everlasting life. He lived as a carpenter, at 12 years old, the bible relates that He was teaching at the temple. Jesus already possessed wisdom beyond the most learned of the Jewish faith.

At thirty years old, He begun his ministry and we all know the sad ending of our Lord, crucified for our sins.

The Ultimate Measure of a Man

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

I am a man. Since I am a man, God has crowned me with glory and honor. And God has put all thing that He created under my rule!

It’s so hard to believe what I just read. Yes, I’ve read the verse above before but without understanding. And that’s why, now, at this point, the meaning just sank into my consciousness. This is how God sees me!

Me, a sinful man who doesn’t see myself as something special is seen by my Creator as one of the rulers of this world.  It’s just hard to believe but the Word of God is infallible and doesn’t go wrong. So I need to believe what I read and let God’s Word speak to me.

I am weak, I am a sinner, I am most of the times unrepentant. My mind isn’t clean. I think horrible thoughts all the time. I sin all the time. But what does God sees in me.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy” – Shakespeare in Hamlet

But that’s how humans see the other humans like themselves. God sees us differently.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.