Many people will object to intelligent design because of 'vestigial' organs, which are believed to be left overs from evolution, as they are thought to no longer have a function.
However, further study shows that these organs actually do have functions:
Appendix - the appendix is
rich in blood cells and has been shown to have an important function, acting as a storehouse for good bacteria, “rebooting” the digestive system after diarrheal illnesses.
Q. Why can people live without an appendix?
A. For the same reason they can live without a kidney, gall bladder or even an arm! All have important functions but we can still
survive without them, this does not make the function they were designed for any less important.
Q. Why do appendixes burst, isn't that a bad design?
A. Disease, degeneration, infection and death are all part of the curse on a once perfect world, which God originally saw was 'very good'. Appendicitis (inflamation of the appendix) is interestingly
only found to be common in countries where a highly refined modern diet is eaten. In countries where people's diet is made up of a large amount of fruit, vegetables and unrefined cereals, appendicitis is very rare. The diet God designed us for is
therefore closer to this. Those who eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and avoid processed/man made foods are generally a lot healthier.
Coccyx - the coccyx
(also known as the tail bone in humans) serves as an attachment site for tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It functions as an insertion point of some of the muscles of the pelvic floor. When someone is in a sitting person, the coccyx functions to support
and stablise a person.
Wisdom Teeth - The evolution theory suggests that because our ancestors were apes with large jaws, humans have evolved smaller jaws and
therefore there is often no room left for wisdom teeth. However, this is the result of a change in diet. There is less of a need for wisdom teeth due to the refined and processed foods which make up a large part of our diets today. Wisdom teeth aid in chewing
our food as do all of our other teeth.
Jaws becoming smaller does not necessarily conclude that we came from apes, only that our human ancestors had larger jaws for the different diet
they had, consisting of unprocessed and raw foods, in which wisdom teeth would be required for grinding and crushing.
'Junk' DNA - When scientists began reading
our DNA, they discovered that some sequences, which looked like genes, did not code for protein and often occured in repetitive sequences which seemed to have no function. The function of some of these sequences may not be known yet but this does not
mean they have no function. In fact, a study showed that some of this DNA enables genes to be ‘read’ in the opposite direction than normal, producing an entirely different protein.
The idea of much of our DNA being 'junk' is also pushed by evolutionists because of the dillema it would cause in terms of the timeframe allowed by the evolutionary worldview. The theory of evolution claims that humans and chimps
diverged from a common ancestor about five million years ago. If most of our DNA is not 'junk', it would be a problem for evolutionists to account for the many millions of differences between human and chimp DNA which we see today.
One of the founders of Microsoft, Bill Gates stated,
is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created".
Goosebumps - We all have experienced goosebumps
when we are cold or even when we listen to very good music. Goosebumps heighten emotions. The tiny muscles aid in bringing protective oils to the skin. There are also cells inside each hair follicle which help to heal wounds and cuts would not heal properly
if those cells were not there.
Male Nipples - Nipples in males are not a vestige of evolution but instead a vestige of embryology. The mammary duct system develops
in both genders in the sixth week. Male nipples are fully vascularised and have a nerve supply. Why would this be the case if they are a by-product of random evolutionary processes? It is much more of a problem therefore, for the evolutionist to explain the
existence of male nipples.
For answers to so-called 'poorly designed' features, follow this link - Intelligent