15 November 2011

How Do You Know If You're Dead?

You're dead if you're not breathing. You can have all the internal organs and outer human elements, but if you're not breathing air, you're not alive anymore. One of the first things a first-responder (ambulance dude) checks for is if you're breathing. The next thing they check for is a pulse. Without air, you're nothing and there is no life in you. You can have all the blood you need and healthy organs to run your miracle of a body. Yet, nothing in your body works without fuel. The fuel that keeps you alive is air. You can live for weeks without food. You can live for days without water, but you can't live 2 minutes without air.

As you go through your day-to-day activities, usually the last thing on your mind is not whether you're breathing. This is a natural function for human beings. It takes next to no brain power to cause you to breathe. Even the biggest dummy in the world won't have to think about breathing. Your body just knows what to do with the air. And, when it's not getting enough, it makes sure you know that as well.

Just after God created the Heavens and the Earth, and everything in them, he then began to form a single human man named Adam (Gen 2:7). After this man was formed (from the dust of the earth) he lifted his nostrils and blew life into him and he became a living being. Ok, let's stop here. Adam was nothing more than a mess of organs, blood, bones and skin before God performed the next miracle of life. We always assume he breathed air into Adam's lungs, but this is not what it says. Air was already created and was all over the earth. So, why did God bother going through the act of breathing life into Adam's body? He wanted us to "see" God breathing life into Adam with his living breath. God created everything with the wisdom and sound of his voice. He certainly didn't need to reach down and blow life into Adam. So, why did God bother doing it this way?