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The Six Million Dollar Man or The Value of Life

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Sermon shared by Mike Turner

January 2004
Summary: Do you ever feel worthless ? What is your value ? This sermon addresses "The Value of Life" Preached on "Sanctity of Human Life Day"
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
The Six Million Dollar Man ?

Psalms 8:4

Psa 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man that thou visitest him ?

Have you ever questioned your worth ? Iím sure that all of us have felt at times that we are worthless. We probably all wonder ocassionally if who we are, or what we do is of any real value ? This morning I want us to look at the subject of "The Six Million Dollar Man" or "The Value of Life"

How many remember the "Six Million Dollar Man" series from the 70ís. It was of course the story of a injured astronaut whose only hope for living was to have new bionic human technology implanted into his broken body at the cost of 6 million dollars. Amazingly, some years ago in response to the biogenic six million dollar man proposed by Hollywood , Harold, J. Morowitz, a leading chemist received a birthday card from his daughter. It read, "According to biochemists the materials of your body are worth only 98 cents!" Intrigued by that statement sent from his daughter, Morowitz took out his chemical supply catalog and began looking up the prices of all the chemicals that composed the human body. Well, it turned out that the human body of an average size is actually worth more than SIX MILLION DOLLARS, chemically speaking. Hereís the breakdown Morowitz found:

(1) Hemoglobin - $ 285 a gram;
(2) Insulin - $ 47.50 a gram;
(3) Trypsin - $ 36 a gram;
(4) Bilrubin, the bile pigment, $ 12 a gram;
(5) Human DNA, $ 76 a gram;
(6) Collagen, $ 15 a gram;
(7) Human albumin, $ 3.00 a gram. Even more, less common constituents like
(8) Acetate Kinase, $ 8,860 a gram;
(9) Alkaline Phosphatase, $ 225 a gram;
(10)Amino acids such as Bradykinin cost upwards of $ 12 a gram. Now the real shocker came, when he got to the
(11) follicle-stimulating hormone at $ 8 million a gram and then
(12) Prolactin the hormone that stimulates milk production for mothers, this costs
$ 17.5 million a gram.

Well taking all these costs into account from a common chemical supply catalog and calculating the percentages of each chemical in the composition of the human body, Morowitz arrived at the cost of $ 245.54, as the average value, per gram, of any human being. Then, taking the average weight of himself at 168 pounds or 79,364 grams, but subtracting for the fact that manís body is 68 % water, his dry weight would then be 24,436 grams. Finally, multiplying that by $ 254.54, Dr. Morowitz found his body alone was worth $ 6,000,015.44! Imagine that! How about that ladies ? And you thought your husbands were worthless. Now if you could only fine a way to extract all those chemicals out of his body !

However, one must not stop there, for the SIX MILLION DOLLAR figure of the average human beingís body is inaccurate. That figure applies only, to the human atoms priced at their sophisticated, informational state. The supply companies, to offer these chemicals in their existing state within the human body, brings an even greater picture as the value of manís basic body. If the supply companies had to synthesize these elements from raw materials, the desired chemicals would increase in value per person to SIX BILLION dollars. But then, once having these chemicals in the needed forms, is still not enough. You see, now someone would have to assemble these synthetic molecules into cellular structures, and then make them into
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