An excellent thought to begin this discussion we find in a book by Professor John W. Klotz, a 1941 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary and a PhD in biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
“It all depends on your point of view. If you put a dot on a piece of paper and hold it about ten inches from your eyes you will have no difficulty in seeing it. If, however, you close one eye and move the paper back and forth, you will not be able to see the dot at one point. This is a demonstration of the well-known blind spot in the eye. Since the blind spot, which is due to the entry of the optic nerve, does not cover the same area in both eyes if you look at the dot with both eyes you can see it. But if you close one eye the dot falls on the blind spot of the eye which is open you do not see it. It all depends on your point of view. If you are looking with two eyes the spot is visible. If you look with only one eye the spot may not be seen.
“So it is with the phenomena of nature. If you look with the eye of faith you see God in nature, both in creation and in preservation. But if you look only with the eye of reason and of cause and effect you may not see Him. This is why the Creationist can see God while the man who does not look on the phenomena of nature with the same faith does not see Him there.” (Symposium on Creation Page 34)
The above quote can depict the difference in views of those of us who believe that God created every material thing which exists and those who reject that and accept that all things just happened to occur. It is that we believe things were created for a specific purpose whereas the other view thinks they just happen to serve that purpose. Dr. Klotz brings out numerous points which gives much evidence of having a purpose, one I found very intriguing was simply water. Having studied and worked in areas of refrigeration and air-conditioning perhaps is the primary reason I have chosen this point to elaborate upon.
Water is a most unique liquid. To see the many values of this liquid, causes those of us who believe it is one of God’s ingenious creations, to see purpose in it’s design as well as all of those things to which it sustains life, gives safety, comfort and enhancements. Let’s look at some of those things.
Perhaps first, it is a magnificent heat absorber and holder. Water evaporates to some degree all the way from 39F up to 212F (at sea level) at which point it turns completely gaseous. So what? It requires a tremendous amount of heat to change the state of water from solid to liquid, or from liquid to vapor. In fact, it takes far more heat to raise it one degree at the point of change than it does to heat it the full scale of the distance from 32F to 212F. This feature, in conjunction with its unique freezing and boiling points, cause it to be a near perfect natural air conditioning system for the earth.
Our bodies carry an internal temperature of 98.6F under normal circumstances. The fact that moisture is constantly reaching the surface of our skins and evaporating, keeps our skin feeling comfortable even though, inside we are hot. The hotter the outside temperature becomes, the faster the moisture rushes to the surface of our skin, even until we begin to perspire. It is at this point that more moisture is reaching the surface than can evaporate. A breeze causes much faster evaporation which means the moisture is swiftly absorbing more heat.
One can witness this action very pointedly by visiting different sections of the country. If the humidity in the air is very high, you will perspire profusely in 90 degree weather, especially if you are engaged in physical activity. But some higher altitude, arid location, such as extreme western Texas, southern New Mexico, etc. And you can hike with a 70 lb. pack on your back, carrying a rifle and wearing heavy fatigue clothing, in 105 degrees, and never show signs of perspiration. It evaporates as fast as it reaches the surface of your skin.
All know that heat rises, driving colder temperatures downward. Now, tell me why water freezes from the top downward. In Canada and our own northern states, many lakes and ponds freeze over the entire top, sometimes to the extent that an automobile may be driven across it. Yet the bottom may still be warm enough that many living organisms survive with no problem. As water cools, it’s density increases. It reaches it greatest liquid density at about 39 degrees, Most other liquids do not do this until they reach the freezing point. But this increasing density (heaviness) in water causes it to begin freezing at the top rather than allowing the cold to sink downward and freeze from the bottom.
All living things utilize water. Most organisms are not only dependent upon water to survive but consist mostly of water in their construction. The largest portion of human beings is water. There is no substitute for water. It is chemically structured, neutral, non-allergenic. It finds it’s way from the earth up through all living plants including the largest of trees and then evaporates into our environment, helping to cool the surrounding air. If your home is surrounded by heavy leafing trees, you will need far, far less air conditioning than those simply in the shade of hillsides or mountains.
There are many more valuable attributes of water which, when added to those mentioned above, convince me that water was created with those purposes in mind, rather than that those things, just happened to adapt to it.