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Our Amazing Nose!

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King David mused “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works” (Psalm 139:14). Modern research adds to David’s ancient observation. “The human nose can detect one trillion different odors, far more than we previously thought… Until now, the long-held belief was that we can sniff out about 10,000 smells.

New estimates published in Science magazine suggest the human nose outperforms the eye and the ear in terms of the number of stimuli it can distinguish between” (BBC, March 20, 2014). Professor Stephen Liberles, of Harvard Medical School, said “the nose has a large number of olfactory receptors, which implies our sense of smell could be even more powerful than the latest estimate” (ibid.). Scientists like to claim that the incredible diversity in nature and the human body came about randomly, over eons of time, as an adaptive response to demands placed upon it. However, what type of demands would cause the human body to evolve the ability to smell a trillion different scents or to see up to 10 million colors (ibid.)?

Honest scientists realize that the need to survive requires exponentially fewer! And how long would it take to evolve such diversity without the pressure of adaptation to survive? God made us with acute senses and gave us a Savior so that we could live an “abundant life” (John 10:10). For more information on the proofs of God’s existence, view our  telecast “Questions Evolution Cannot Answer.”