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In spite of centuries of research and hundreds of theories, the origin of life remains one of the greatest challenges with many scientists acknowledging the mechanics of transition from no life to life is “perhaps the fundamental question of biology” (Mind from Matter?, 1986, p. 31).
According to Darwin’s theory of evolution undirected natural causes, based solely on random genetic mutation, are responsible for the origin and development of life. This precludes the possibility of a supernatural Creator, and does not provide a credible explanation for the spontaneous generation of life from nonliving matter.
In more recent decades the growing body of evidence has pointed to a “first cause,” as the most likely explanation for the origin of life. This has given rise to the “intelligent design” movement, which has become over time more focused in their criticisms of Darwinist evolution.
Albert Einstein was also intrigued by the question of human origins and the existence of the universe. He recognized the evidence for an intelligence behind the functioning of the cosmos and the existence of life: “...the harmony of natural law...reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection” (The Quotable Einstein, Alice Calaprice, editor, 1996, p. 151).
In 1999 theoretical physicist Paul Davies, of Australia’s University of Adelaide, wrote The Fifth Miracle to address the origins of life. Professor Davies recounts how the work of Louis Pasteur in the 1860s led to the scientific realization that only living organisms could beget other living organisms. Pasteur’s findings essentially debunked the concept of spontaneous generation, that life could arise spontaneously from nonliving matter.
Davies states: “...Pasteur’s conclusion came into direct conflict with Darwin’s theory of evolution. Darwin’s celebrated tome On the Origin of Species, which had been published just three years before Pasteur’s experiments, sought to discredit the need for God to create the species by showing how one species can transmute into another. But Darwin’s account left open the problem of how the first living thing came to exist” (1999, p. 83).
In spite of the lack of answers for the origin of life, humanity seems bent on considering only answers from science, which do not allow for a Creator. When one assumes all living things are the product of mindless material forces such as chemical laws, natural selection and random variation, God is excluded from the picture and humans (along with all life) are the accidental product of a purposeless universe.
Some 2,000 years ago the Apostle Paul addressed the world’s alleged wisdom about such fundamental questions: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse...and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind...” (Romans 1:20 and 28).
He later prophesied modern man would depart from acknowledging and accepting the role of the Creator God: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, ...having a form of godliness but denying its power….” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
While the most fundamental questions of science—what is life, and where did it come from—continue to perplex the best minds of secular science, God reveals He not only has the answers to the question of life’s origin, but the solution to the profound question of life’s purpose. We are ultimately promised that “the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.” (Isaiah 40:5).
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