by Martin Cicero
As I continue to look at our world and how fine-tuned it is, I am so amazed at how God put it all together. Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist, wrote this about our world being fine-tuned, “There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the Universe is in several respects ‘fine-tuned’ for life.”
Our world and our universe, and even our own bodies, have been fine-tuned for life. Today I want to continue by looking at something we tend to take for granted: water. Without it there would be no life!
The Basics of Water
Let’s start with some of the basics of water. Michael Denton, Senior Fellow, The Center for Science & Culture and the Center on Human Exceptionalism, writes, “Water is the only naturally occurring substance on Earth that can be found in three physical states: solid, liquid, and gas. In its solid form (ice), it is less dense than when it is in its liquid form (This is why ice floats in a glass of water).”
Most things that go from liquid to solid become denser, but not water. If ice did not float, the lakes would freeze from the bottom up and destroy all life in the lake. Because it floats it creates a barrier to extreme temperatures, allowing the life below to survive.
As a matter of fact, in its perfect state it is a transparent and odorless liquid. Its taste comes from the fact that it is an excellent solvent.
Water for the Benefit of Man and Animals
As water travels over the earth, it collects sand and bits of stone and other rough particles so that as water flows over things, it acts like sandpaper and dissolves many substances and collects minerals and nutrients, which it distributes back into the earth for the benefit of man and animals.
Eric Metaxas of metaxastalk.com writes about another fine-tuning that allows us to live and breathe. As we move up (6 miles) into the atmosphere, gases such as hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen still remain gaseous. He continues:
But of course water – though made of oxygen and hydrogen – freezes long before it gets that cold. So by the time any water vapor gets that high up – in what is called the troposphere – it promptly freezes and drops back down to Earth’s surface. If it didn’t, it would continue to rise further until the ultraviolet rays in that part of the atmosphere broke it apart into its components of oxygen and hydrogen. The super-light hydrogen would swiftly escape that atmosphere, never to return, and Earth would be quickly depleted of water.
Without water the human body would dry up and die. We are about 60 percent water. Nobel prize winner Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, writes, “Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”