Aspirin (Part 2 of 2)
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, God’s provision for pain.
Aspirin doesn’t mask the pain of a headache, it chemically turns off the cause of the average headache. It does this by deactivating the chemical made by the blood vessels that causes them to constrict. Another member of that same family of chemicals, called prostaglandins, prevents blood platelets from sticking together, helping blood flow more freely and preventing heart attacks. This is also why aspirin can cause stomach bleeding.
In His foreknowledge, our Creator knew that the human race would fall into sin. He knew that among the effects of a world changed by sin would be pain and sickness. So in His mercy He provided plants that would make the active ingredient in aspirin. But the greatest expression of His love for us was in providing us with a cure for sin itself in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Ref: Shodell, Michael. 1983. “The prostaglandin connection.” Science 83. p. 78.