On a men’s retreat some time ago, a few of us men were visiting afterwards a cafeteria break. In the advance of the conversation, one of the guys mentioned how our animal advance amount is not steady. He said something like, “If we connected to abound at the amount we do in our aboriginal two years, we would be big as a barn.” That transaction sowed a berry of anticipation that germinated and grew. You are now annual the bake-apple of that seed.
I don’t bethink the ambience of that retreat lunchtime discussion. Neither do I bethink the point of my friend’s animadversion in that context. It did accomplish a band of thought, however, which I chose to chase in the canicule and weeks afterward the retreat. Though I knew that our advance amount was not abiding throughout our lifespan, I had never advised how altered it is in our aboriginal two years compared to the years that follow. So I did some research. What I begin is rather fascinating.
Consider with me some animal development statistics, both aural the abyss and afterward birth. If we are conceived a one-cell getting is created; that single-cell getting is alleged a zygote. The zygote is the corpuscle that is formed if a agent corpuscle from the ancestor joins an egg corpuscle from the mother. That new corpuscle accumulation is annihilation abbreviate of amazing. In that corpuscle is the altered DNA of a altered person. From that point on all that is bare for the advance of this altered getting is diet and safety. The mother’s abyss is advised to accommodate both.
The zygote – diminutive in admeasurement – begins to accumulate rapidly. At three weeks of development you accept developed to about the admeasurement of a atom of salt. By anniversary seven you are about the admeasurement of a blueberry. At 12 weeks you are about the admeasurement of a asset and counterbalance about bisected an ounce.
At 20 weeks, half-way through a accustomed pregnancy, you accept developed to about 10 inches in breadth and counterbalance about 10 ounces. At bearing the boilerplate adolescent is 20 inches continued and weighs about 7.25 pounds.
Notice the aberration in advance ante amid breadth and weight in the aboriginal bisected of abundance compared to the additional half. You abound to 10 inches in breadth in the aboriginal bisected and bifold that to 20 inches in the additional half. Weight change, however, is absolutely different. In that aforementioned advance period, your weight moves from a bit over a bisected batter to a little over seven pounds. This advance amount is about 11 times that of the aboriginal bisected of the pregnancy.
Again, at bearing the boilerplate babyish is 7.25 pounds and 20 inches long. That is the boilerplate advance over nine months of pregnancy, from a diminutive single-celled getting to a bairn baby. Now, attending what about happens in the aboriginal two years of activity afterwards we are born. By 24 months of age the boilerplate adolescent has developed to 34.5 inches and weighs 27 pounds.
Suppose we activity this advance amount (the aboriginal 24 months) out over the next 20 years. Here is what we would attending like:
AGE – Height; Weight
Birth – 20″; 7.25#
2 – 34.5″; 27#
4 – A little beneath 5 ft; 100#
6 – A little over 8.5 ft; 374#
8 – A little beneath 15 ft; 1,394#
10 – A little over 25 ft; 5,190#
12 – A little beneath 44 ft; 19,328#
14 – A little beneath 76 ft; 71,980#
16 – A little over 130 ft; 268,053#
18 – A little over 225 ft; 998,229#
20 – A little over 388 ft; 3,717,405#
What this blueprint shows is that we abound absolutely rapidly from apperception through age two. Our advance amount afterwards two slows considerably. Thankfully so. If not, by age six we would not be able to angle arrect in our homes with their eight bottom ceilings. And by age 16, at 130 anxiety alpine and acceptance added than eight unloaded semi tractor-trailers, we absolutely could not drive.
What is my point? Glad you asked.
Suppose the Maker of the Cosmos acquired it to advance actual rapidly at first, again achieve down to developed date for a actual continued time. Maybe the cosmos is not about as old as scientists accept proposed.
Let me allegorize this point. Suppose you were a scientist visiting apple from addition planet. You accept begin one macho animal and you are aggravating to actuate his age. You abstinent him two years ago if you arrived; he was 71½ inches tall. Today he is 72 inches tall. You accurately achieve that he grew ¼ inch per year. How old is he? Your calculations could advance you to achieve that he is 288 years old. You would be wrong, of course. Way wrong. The archetypal macho alcove that acme about amid 15-20 years of age.
Your acumen absurdity is based in your adulterated assumptions. You accept that the advance amount of the accomplished two years, which you know, has been almost connected in the past. This is a greatly cogent blemish in evolutionary thought.
The name for the ambiguous abstraction is uniformitarianism. The uniformitarian acceptance assumes that whatever known, measurable, processes that we ascertain today accept happened consistently throughout the past. This philosophy, birthed in the 18th Century, carefully challenged the prevailing aesthetics of catastrophism.
The aesthetics of catastrophism which originally bedeviled accurate analysis declared that attributes could best be explained by the appulse of abnormal adverse contest in biblical history such as God cursing the apperception afterwards the abatement of Adam and Eve and the Abundant Flood of Noah’s day.
The added scientists aggregate absolute knowledge, however, the beneath the uniformitarian acceptance is able of answer the apple we know. Scientists apperceive that uniformitarian and catastrophist angle accept to be accumulated to accept and explain reality. Current processes that appear with reasonable regularity over 1000′s of years can explain abundant of what we see. For instance, baptize accumulates in the winter time at the top levels of mountains. Again in the spring, the snow and ice thaw and force causes the baptize to breeze down with abundant cutting power.
Other able transformative armament happen, however, in a abundant beneath anticipated manner. Scientists accept to yield into annual these abnormal (catastrophic) contest to explain added realities, ie. sub-surface plates of the earth’s band abolition calm and blame up mountains, meteor strikes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, fires, droughts and floods. Indeed, the annual of absoluteness as we apperceive it requires an compassionate of archetypal accustomed processes and abnormal ones. Scientists are, therefore, accepting of adverse events, just not accepting of super-natural adverse events.
The Bible tells us that there is a God who fabricated nature. It assures us that He is greater than nature. It tells us He existed afore attributes and will abide afterwards it is gone, if it anytime is. Christians who accept the Bible, as I do, are not at war with science. We are not abashed of accurate discoveries. What we article to are assumptions that belie or advance to bucking of biblical revelation.
Perhaps God gave us an archetype in animal development to accommodate a key to absolute the astriction amid facts of science and adumbration of Scripture. It is constant with the Genesis apperception account. It speaks of God creating aggregate in six days. That is a actual abbreviate time and an abundantly accelerated development in it – like from apperception to bearing for a human. Whether we accede those “six days” as accurate or figurative, the point would be that “in the beginning” things did not advance at the clip of things back that aboriginal artistic work.
Even over the advance of our animal development, advance is not consistently steady. We all apperceive this; apparently abounding of us accept accurate this fact. On a aperture in the account allowance of our home, one could acquisition a agglomeration of pencil marks with dates and names of our children. The marks adumbrated the heights of our accouchement over several years. Those marks certificate assorted degrees of advance from year to year. And they able-bodied authenticate that there were some “growth spurts” forth the way for anniversary of them.
In a agnate manner, we could be assertive that assorted armament of attributes over millennia accept not acted analogously over time. Winds (including cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes), rain and snow and ice (including floods and avalanches), earthquakes, and agitable eruptions – to name the above players – are neither connected in their occurrences nor their might. For instance, both hurricanes and tornadoes are placed in 5 categories, depending aloft their annihilative power. Our government maps out areas articular as 10 year, 50 year, 100 year and even 500 year flood zones. Thus, an breadth in a 10 year breadth would – on boilerplate – apprehend to flood 10 times in a century, as against to an breadth in a 100 year breadth that would alone apprehend to flood already per century. All of these zones are accountable to change should a above convulsion or a abundance could cause a rivers advance to change. Though scientists apperceive a lot of absolutely air-conditioned stuff, I am agnostic that they accept able advice to accurately abode date stamps on nature.
It is my acceptance that God has congenital into attributes some hints that alarm into catechism abounding of the assumptions beneath which flesh operates and has operated for a few hundred years. In this section I accept brought to your absorption what I accept to be one actual able such adumbration – our animal development. My adoration is that it has acquired you to think. Maybe the Bible is not as whacked out as a lot of humans accept been led to accept in our day.