Study Questions on the Origin of Life
WHAT IS “SPONTANEOUS GENERATION”?
Spontaneous generation is the fanciful idea that living creatures can be produced naturally from non-living substances. It is important to note that science has never observed such an occurrence.
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE: FROM NOTHING BY CHANCE? It is a well-established fact of science that all living things are produced by parents. What is the implication of this fact for the origin of life?
Life only comes from life. During all recorded history, there has never been a substantiated case of a living thing being produced from anything other than another living thing. Life could not have begun from something that was not alive, like water and chemicals. Either life came to this planet from some other planet, or life must have been created by a superior being.
- Where did life come from? Is evolution the best scientific answer? Answer
SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS AND THE BEGINNING OF LIFE—How do you feel about millions of tax dollars having been spent in an effort to prove that life can Evolve by chance?
Those in power in government evidently think this is money well-spent. Of course, Evolutionists must demonstrate that the beginning of life could have occurred by means of chance chemical processes.
It is ironic that what all this time and money have proved is that life can not be produced by any natural processes. If some simple life form is someday produced in a laboratory, it will prove that it takes an enormous amout of intelligence and knowledge to produce a living thing. That is what Creationists have been saying all along!
Ironically, Evolutionists continue to proclaim their theories about life's origin as fact, even though all their attempts to create life by natural processes have failed miserably
- Are we alone, or is there life elsewhere in the universe? Answer
COMPLEXITY OF LIFE—Are simple, single-celled creatures really simple?
No, simple-celled creatures contain mechanisms which are enormously more complex than any man-made machine.
- Can evolution be the source of life in all its complexity? GO
DNA CODES INDICATE EVOLUTION IS IMPOSSIBLE—One scientist has said, "When the RNA/DNA system became understood, the debate between evolutionists and creationists should have come to a screeching halt." Why might this be true?
The DNA code in each of our cells is enormously complex. No chemical interaction of molecules has even come close to producing this ultra-complex code which is so essential to all known life. Only DNA can produce DNA.
Two Evolutionists published figures about the possibility of life having evolved by chance. They say it is less than 1 to 1040,000. That is a 1 with 40,000 zeros after it!
Odds of this kind clearly indicate that the appearance of the first DNA by natural means is an impossible fantasy. It would never happen no matter how many trillions of years are proposed by Evolutionists.
DNA is an absolutely incredible thing. It is somewhat like a huge computer program stored, not on a floppy disk, but on tiny strands. In humans, the strands of DNA are almost two yards long, yet less than a trillionth of an inch thick [approx. 0.0000254 microns].
God has miniaturized this code and its storage device to an amazing degree! The information is so compactly stored that the amount of DNA necessary to code all the people living on our planet might fit into a space no larger than an aspirin tablet!
- Does the DNA similarity between chimps and humans prove a common ancestry? GO
JESUS CHRIST, THE CREATOR OF LIFE—Some people feel that you cannot truly prove creation without being able to actually see the Creator. Do you agree or disagree?
It is obvious that life could not have happened by chance. Either life was brought here from somewhere outside our solar system (and that still doesn't solve the problem), or life was created here by a superior being—God.
Although we can not see the Creator, we know He exists because we see His creation. Buildings require builders; computer programs require programmers. If you see a building in the middle of a desert, you know for sure that at least one human has been there to build it.
When we look at the living, orderly world around us, we see organization and complexity far beyond that in any building. This handiwork of a very intelligent being is clear proof of his existence.
That is exactly what Romans 1:20 confirms as well. Each person, by observing the creation, can know that there must be a Creator. The Bible further identifies the Creator as Jesus Christ (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).
See also: About Jesus Christ—His Life, Death, and Resurrection
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