The Origin of Life

(This post is essentially an extract from a much longer post that I published more than a year ago.  I believe it is important that we think about these things.  Where did we come from?  Where are we going?)

In the third decade of the Twentieth Century, a few years following the cataclysmic event known as The Great War, scientists discovered evidence that our universe had originated at a single point in time.  Later scientific observations appeared to confirm this theory, and the age of the universe was calculated to be approximately 13.8 billion years.  At one instant at the beginning of time, from a single point of extreme density and temperature, an explosion of unimaginable power took place, and energy was hurled into the void.  At that very moment, time, light, the laws of physics, and all those things which we perceive as reality sprang into being.  Energy became matter, and the matter gradually coalesced into the universe we know.  Nothing comes from nothing, and what was this something that caused the world to come into existence?  Some say it was God.  Others look for another explanation. 

Many physicists marvel at what they refer to as the “fine tuning” of the universe.  They say that existence itself could occur only when certain universal dimensionless physical constants lie within a very narrow range of values, so that if any of several fundamental constants were only slightly different, the universe would not be conducive to the establishment and development of matter, astronomical structures, elemental diversity, or life itself.

And how did life come to be?  The Darwinian theory of evolution presumed an original unicellular organism from which all living things evolved.  There is growing scientific skepticism  concerning the accuracy of the macro evolutionary processes as described by Darwin, but, more importantly, no one has been able to describe a way in which this original cell might have come into being.  

As the microbiologist Michael Denton wrote, “Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machinery built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world.” The British astronomer Fred Hoyle  compared “the chance of obtaining even a single functioning protein by chance combination of amino acids to a star system full of blind men solving Rubik’s Cube simultaneously.”  And a functioning protein is only part of a living cell.

The genesis of that living cell remains a mystery.  Furthermore, from whence came the remarkable code that fills the living cells in a multicellular organism?  This code, the genome, is an organism’s complete set of genetic instructions, and each genome contains all the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop. In humans, a copy of the entire genome, more than 3 billion DNA base pairs, is contained in every cell that has a nucleus.  Our bodies contain billions upon billions of cells, each containing the incredibly complex code that determines the shape of our nose, the color of our eyes, etc, etc.   It’s like a recipe book for the body.

Who developed the recipe?? 

Who wrote the code?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


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