Saturday, November 17, 2007

Jesus Christ, Morons, and Blood Clotting

I am reviewing a medical disorder called DIC (disciminated intravascular coagulation). This is the kind of thing I do for fun. It is related to my job as a nurse.

DIC can kill a patient in short order, and is fairly difficult to detect. It is more suspected than directly seen. Certain things, like bacterial infection in the blood, can cause the clotting system to go crazy and form thousands of little blood clots all over the body. This dams up blood from tissue down stream, thus killing the tissue and eventually the whole patient. It also uses up all the clotting factors in the blood thus causing the patient to be susceptible to sudden, irreversible bleeding. Nasty.

Stick with me. This all has a point. When a blood vessel is damaged and starts to leak (bleeding), a number of things happen. Fibers in the blood are acted upon by chemicals released by the damaged cells and start joining together to form a mesh over the wound from the inside. Red blood cells, other things in the blood, and activated platelets get stuck in the mesh and stop the bleeding. After the clot has formed and stopped the bleeding long enough for the vessel to close and start to mend, the fibers in the mesh start to break apart because they are acted upon by other chemicals. The fibers break into their component parts (fibrin degradation products) and are: 1. Unable to form any more clots; 2. Consumed by scavenger cells in the blood and secreted as waste. Fibrin degradation products can be created by other processes like inflammation. However, there is one that is specific to the dissolution of a clot called D-dimer.

When a person is suspected of being in DIC, a panel of tests is run which checks for D-dimer and some other things. If D-dimer is present in large amounts, along with a lowered platlet count and elevated clotting times, it is indicative of DIC.

This, believe it or not, is a greatly simplified explanation of what really happens when blood clots, either normally or abnormally. The process is unbelievably complex. The understanding of it has undergone several revisions over the years because the researchers continue to fine additional factors in the process.

The other day, I was watching another iteration of Darwin’s proposition about the origin of life and how life got to it’s present state. In a sentence, the Darwinists believe that some kind of simple life form (there is no such thing) got started by accident and continued to mutate and differentiate until all the different life forms that now exist developed. This occured by random chance processes over a long period of time.

That intelligent people actually believe this in the face of the remarkable wholistic complexity of everything is almost beyond me. No one believes that his computer is the product of random chance. It is obvious every time one must be repaired that the owner thinks that the machine is a product of intelligent design, was made for a purpose, and had irreducible complexity (all the parts have to be present and working for the whole thing to work).

But this same person may believe that the person who built or repairs the computer is just the product of random processes operating by chance over a long period of time.

However, the explanation for this is fairly simple. And, of course, it is in the Bible.

Paul states in Ephesians chapter four that those whom Christ has not regenerated by His Spirit “walk in the emptiness of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. . . .” And in Romans chapter one, he says that Adam’s race once knew God, but did not like Him, and did not want to retain him in their system of knowledge. For this reason, God handed them over to this ignorance, and, while they (and we) profess to be wise, they (we) have become morons. Morons who will nevertheless face the wrath and judgement of God because, in the face of the evidence to the contrary, namely the majestic, infathomable complexity of all that can be observed, we insist that this God does not exist or that He is irrelevant, and refuse to worship Him or to believe on His Son Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of crimes against the Creator. All of Adam’s race is guilty corporately and personally of discounting God our Creator in some way. We are all guilty of volunteering to be morons. We are all, in our natural state, volunteer criminals against the Living God.

Jesus Christ said to all us morons, “I am the light of the world. He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but he shall have the light of life.”

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