Delicious Mother’s Milk Sustaining Us: As I browsed the Internet one day, I came across the Web site of a high school in the U.S. Visitors were welcome to join them in their various classes to gain insight into what teachers taught there. Eventually, I ended up in the science class of students of the upper grade; I joined the class for a lesson on mammals. Among the first things I learned was that mammals evolved from flesh-eating reptiles called Cynodonts about 190 million years ago. The figure 190 million years stunned me! “How did the experts arrive at the figure?” I wondered. I decided not to give up early, but to stay with the class until the end. The lesson went on to list the main characteristics of mammals:
1) Animals with vertebrae or backbone
2) Warm-blooded animals; that is, they have a warm internal body temperature which is independent of the temperature of their surroundings
3) Animals with hair
4) Animals that deliver their babies alive (the young from only three species of mammals are said to hatch from eggs)
5) Drink milk from the mammary glands of their mothers from birth until they can eat solid food For the sake of our present discussion, I shall concentrate on the fifth point, namely that a mammal is an animal that drinks milk from its mother’s mammary glands when it is born until it can eat solid food on its own. The human baby referred to earlier, having successfully com¬pleted the strenuous journey through the birth canal, now expe¬riences the first hunger pangs. In reaction to this, our new arrival screams and yells at the top of his or her voice, looking for a means to still thirst and hunger. Before I proceed on the matter, allow me to return to the sci¬ence class. Remember that the children in the school I visited are in effect being thought that we—mammals by classification—evolved from Cynodonts. I decided therefore to take a closer look at my supposed ances¬tors, Mr. and Mrs. Cynodont. As stated, scientists suppose they lived on the earth several million years ago and possessed skin, yet lacked scales and fur—being, it is alleged, a kind of naked lizard. Experts say they are not sure whether Mrs. Cynodont possessed breasts that provided milk for her offspring. The only evidence the experts say led them to associate Cyn¬odonts with mammals were in fossil finds. The honorable men and women in the field of Palaeontology want us to believe we evolved from Cynodonts. This brings me back to the helpless human baby we left ear¬S e e i n g G o d T h r o u g h t h e lier, screaming even louder, demanding someone provide him or her the breast milk he or she so urgently requires.
Now, as we learned from the high school science lesson, young mammals, like the human baby above, need milk to survive in the early stages of their lives. My question for those who want us to believe that mammals evolved from reptiles is how did the first young mammal, after it had evolved from the Cynodonts, reptiles that by definition do not possess mammary glands or breasts to produce milk, survive during the first several days of its life? Indeed, who fed milk to the first baby mammal after it evolved from the Cynodont? Or, did the first mammals evolve as adult entities from Cyn¬odonts? We might as well picture Mr. and Mrs. Cynodont retiring to bed one night, only to awaken the next morning transformed into mammals! Next question: did the mammals evolve consecutively or sequentially from the reptile-like beings? Was it today the mouse, tomorrow the cat, the next day the elephant? Or did the first mammal that evolved from the Cynodonts—let’s assume they were Mr. and Mrs. Mouse—give birth over the course of time to the other remaining mammals? We could presume Mr. and Mrs. Cat to be the first genera¬tion ancestors of Mr. and Mrs. Mouse; Mr. and Mrs. Antelope follow in the second generation (assuming the cats give their par-ents the chance to live on) and on, and on, and on it would go, the mouse producing all the mammals of the earth—human beings included. I shall now return to the newborn baby who has just arrived on earth. The child, who one day will be champion of atheism, R o b e r t P e p r a h - G y a m f i 42 is only a few minutes old. Completely helpless and still suffering from hunger pangs, the baby screams loudly.
The child would surely perish in a matter of days without life sustaining breast milk. Almighty God, who unlike the proponents of chance evolu¬tion does not leave anything to chance, made provision to avert such a scenario long ago as He sat to contemplate His creation. He who says thing A, then goes on to say B and then C, right to the logical end, did not leave the survival of the newborn mam¬mal to chance, but instead created the mammary glands, the breasts, to produce milk and feed young ones during the initial stages of their lives on earth. Another aspect of breast-feeding in mammals in general and humans in particular worthy of pondering is this: Why do the breasts of the expectant mother suddenly begin to produce milk? Why don’t those of non-pregnant mothers of the same age do the same? In response, someone will tell me certain hormones produced by the body of the new mother cause lactation. But does that explain why? When we are driving our vehicle and danger crosses our path, is not our first thought or instinct to depress the brake pedal? Did the device, the brake pedal, arrive there by chance? Didn’t the engineers of BMW, Ford, Mercedes, and Toyota sit down and think things out? “How do we get a vehicle of consid¬erable mass and equipped with considerable horse power to come to a halt once it has been set in motion?” they might have asked each other. After spending several hours pondering over the mat¬ter, they came up with the braking system. Imagine that we parked such a vehicle somewhere and an alien from beyond our planet—although I do believe life is found S e e i n g G o d T h r o u g h t h e H u m a n B o d y 43 only on our planet—arrived and began to take a critical look at the automobile, into the minute detail regarding the principles at work in it, and suddenly was inspired to speak about its acci¬dental origin. It would be an insult to the ingenuity of the auto¬mobile industry’s learned engineers and the artisans who spent hours on end designing the vehicle. There is yet another issue we usually take for granted: who taught us, when we arrived on earth, how to suck milk?
This is surely something beyond the understanding of ordinary mortals. Unfortunately, my mother is no longer alive, so I am unable to consult her to find out the manner in which I went about the business of sucking—did I do it gently or in a wild manner? If you are among those blessed to have a living mother, you may approach her to find out about the matter. Though we might have differed in style, it boils down in the end to the same thing—shortly after our arrival, the midwife or nurse placed us near mamma’s breast and we soon began to suck on the nipple. The question worthy of asking is how did we know then that the sucking action would reward us with a flow of breast milk? Further, the breasts of the new mother do not usually run out, no matter how much energy the newborn baby invests into sucking them empty. Indeed, the more the infant sucks them, the more milk they produce. On the other hand, if for some reason the new mother does not breastfeed, the breast stops producing milk within days. I recognize in this matter another intelligent mechanism the Divine Designer put into place to ensure the newborn baby’s demand for breast milk is satisfied, as long as the need exists, and to make certain that when such a demand no longer exits, the breast will cease producing.R o b e r t Who are you, ordinary human flesh, to question the wisdom of the Lord my Shepherd? We are indeed wonderfully made, friends! Come and join me, all who inhabit the earth, to give Almighty God some well-deserved applause. Indeed, the Big Boss of cre¬ation does indeed deserve praise and worship.