The Origin of Life: How did life begin? DNA could not have happened by chance

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How Did Life Begin?

Some think that God is an imaginary being that people believe on faith to make them feel good. However, it also takes faith to be an atheist. An atheist must believe that DNA is the result of chance. The DNA molecule is like a very complicated computer program.

Nobody would believe that Windows XP is the result of chance, but many believe that the human brain that created Windows XP is the result of chance.

Is simple one-celled life really simple?

Years ago, microscopes weren’t nearly as good as they are now. The cell used to look like a blob and it was easy to think that a blob could come about by accident. We have better microscopes now. According to Michael Behe, a biochemist, a cell is run like a really a big city with freeways to deliver nutrients and garbage to their destinations. For more information, see his book Darwin’s Black Box on My Reading List page. Recently some scientists who are not creationists say they don’t believe that life came from non-life. They have developed a new theory, the Intelligent Design Theory. Michael Behe is one proponent. He is not a Biblical creationist BUT he still thinks the cell is just too complicated to be an accident. The black box in the title of his book refers to the cell.

There is an illustration of a Bacterial Flagellum on the front flap of “Darwin’s Black Box”. This is the little gizmo that turns the little hairs on a bacterium so it can move around. The parts are all labeled, bushings, universal joint, rotor, drive shaft, and so on. It is a microscopic machine just to turn one little hair on a little bitty bacterium. Henry Ford invented the Model T a long time before the microscopes were very powerful otherwise, I might think he used this as an example of an efficient motor.

What Is Spontaneous Generation?

Spontaneous Generation is a theory that was developed many years ago. It said that living organisms developed from non-living matter. It was proven false by Louis Pasteur. Here is an except of an address that Louis Pasteur delivered at the “Sorbonne Scientific Soiree” of April 7, 1864:

No, there is not a single known circumstance in which microscopic beings may be asserted to have entered the world without germs, without parents resembling them. Those who think otherwise have been deluded by their poorly conducted experiments, full of errors they neither knew how to perceive, nor how to avoid.

Pasteur said this in 1864, yet many people still prefer to believe that life can come from non-life rather that attribute the origin of life to a miracle.

Do People Still Believe in Spontaneous Generation?

Even many scientists today can see the problems with proving it, but they “believe” anyway, even without the proof that it needs.

For example, this biologist says flat out says he believes in something that he knows is not proven:

Wald, George, “The Origin of Life,” in The Physics and Chemistry of Life (Simon & Schuster, 1955), 270 pp.

p. 9 “One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are—as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.”

“The important point is that since the origin of life belongs in the category of at-least-once phenomena, time is on its side. However improbable we regard this event, . . given enough time it will almost certainly happen at least once….

“Time is in fact the hero of the plot. The time with which we have to deal is of the order of two billion years. What we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless here. Given so much time, the ‘impossible’ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait: time itself performs miracles.”

He believes this on faith, and he admits it.

An Example of Doublethink:

One semester in health science class I was taught about how Spontaneous Generation had been disproven. In the Biology class, the same semester, I was taught that is was proven that life emerged from inorganic chemicals.

In his book “1984”, George Orwell coined the word “Doublethink” to mean the belief of two contradictory things at the same time.

Spontaneous Generation: False
Abiogenesis: True

I was able to hold both thoughts for several decades, then I gave up and had to choose one.

Could DNA have happened by accident?

The DNA molecule contains all the directions to make life, every component, the skin, the heart, the brain, the bones, the muscles, and so forth. I would like to challenge any one of you to make a computer program to do any ONE thing where the program fits on an information storage device so small you can’t even see it. When James Watson and Francis Crick “discovered” DNA they didn’t really see it, they saw its “shadow” and from the shadow they hypothesized what the shape was.

DNA can only work in the cell, and a cell is made by the directions in the DNA. The whole kit and caboodle had to come about by “accident” all at the same time or it wouldn’t even work. Scientists don’t quite understand DNA yet. It took years to “map the genome”. If it is so simple that it happened by accident, why did it take so long to just write a list of all of its parts?

Why do Bodies Die?

Why do bodies die in the emergency room? Why can’t the repair be made and the body jumpstarted back to life? Life is said to have come from the gathering of random inorganic chemicals. If that is so, why does a body die? There are just as many chemicals before death as after death.

My comments refer to the origin of life. If creation by God is not an option, then random chemicals got together and formed the first living cell. If this could happen (it’s never been proven) how are we sure it would be alive? A dead body has as many cells as a live body.

“Life” is something outside of just the physical components of biology.

How did life begin?

I was too hard headed to just up and believe that there is a God, especially at my age. However, through a process of elimination while I was studying the proof for life arising spontaneously from nonlife, I was able to determine scientifically and logically that it was not true. This was a big surprise to me, I tell you what! I had believed it all my life, and remember I was in my forties. My beliefs were fairly set in stone. However, when I found no proof that life began without god, the basis of my disbelief in god had no justification.

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