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Abiogenesis: Is it possible?

 

 When Darwin wrote his book, “The Origin of The Species,” he argued that all species of life evolved from one simple cell or a simple microorganism. He didn’t attempt to explain where the cell came from. He wasn’t concerned about the origin of life, but rather the origin of the species.

Abiogenesis, or origin of organic material from inorganic material, attempts to answer the question that Darwin left out; What is the origin of life? Abiogenesis argues that some hundreds of billions of years ago, inorganic elements went through chemical reactions that ended up forming organic material that kept evolving till the first simple cell or life was formed.

Is abiogenesis possible?

Let us consider these three simple facts:

1) The Earth: 

If our planet was slightly smaller or slightly bigger, slightly closer to the sun or slightly further away from the sun, if the ratio between the nitrogen to oxygen in our air or if the core of the earth, etc, were slightly different, there would have been no life on earth.

The ratio for all these factors to randomly happen is 1: 1,000,000,000,000,000.
Let's say that life randomly happened, the question is who set the stage? Who prepared the earth?

2- The Atom:

Construction of the Atom:the_atom
We know that the atom (the smallest particle that forms all materials) is made of nucleus and electrons. The nucleus is composed of protons and neutrons, while the electrons are “orbiting” around the nucleus. Protons and neutrons are called nucleons. Over 99.94% of the atom's mass is in the nucleus. The protons have a positive electric charge, the electrons have a negative electric charge, and the neutrons have no electric charge. If the number of protons and electrons are equal, that atom is electrically neutral. If an atom has more or less electrons than protons, then it has an overall negative or positive charge, respectively, and it is called an ion. Electrons of an atom are attracted to the protons in an atomic nucleus by this electromagnetic force. The protons and neutrons in the nucleus are attracted to each other by a different force, the nuclear force, which is usually stronger than the electromagnetic force repelling the positively charged protons from one another.

Now those who deny the existence of God argue that organic material came from inorganic material. For the sake of the argument, let us say it is true, but the question is who made this complex design for the atoms that make up the inorganic materials?

Here is an even larger challenge: Where does the energy that keeps this nucleus intact and that keeps the electrons constantly moving around the nucleus coming from?

We know from the first law of thermodynamics that “The total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed.”

If there was nothing in the beginning, then according to the first law of thermodynamic, the energy that forms the atom could not be created itself, so atoms could never be formed, so there wouldn’t have been inorganic matter nor life could ever come to existence.  If inorganic materials were in the beginning, then science has yet to explain the origin of the inorganic material that leads to life, thus science has yet to explain the origin of life.

3) DNA: (footnote 1)

DNA carries our genetic code. The DNA molecules carry information that is transcripted, coded, transferred, decoded, and translated. This information is responsible for protein synthesis, DNA replication and cell function.

Pretend I take a piece of chalk and write a message on a blackboard; “Hi, my name is Cal”. If I asked you, “Where did the information come from?,” would you say "from the chalk”?  If I were to rub the message off the board and show you the chalk on my hand, would you say there is any information in it? No.

Obviously information was carried on the material of the chalk (because of the arrangement,) but chalk itself has no inherent information content. The information can be traced back to the mind (me) that formulated the message, not the matter (calcium carbonate). Similarly, DNA is comprised of sugar, phosphates, and bases, but the matter that it is made of does not contain the information, the arrangement of it does.

So information is 1) metaphysical (it is not a part of the matter it is carried on) and 2) only ever been observed to be created by intelligence. This is a huge challenge to the atheistic paradigm, and many atheistic evolutionists committed to their faith are aware of the challenge and trying desperately to solve it.  Read more...

So let us combine these three points together to understand the “scientific evidence” to the origin of life apart from God:

Our planet came to existence (but we have no clue how) fitting to life to start in it at a random probably of 1: 1,000,000,000,000,000. Then against every scientific law of physics known to man, inorganic atoms and elements came to existence. Then an unproven sort of reaction happened that formed the amino acids and protein blocks from the inorganic materials. Then these protein blocks got brains on its own and invented a language that can be coded, transferred, decoded and translated on its own. Thus the first simple cell came to existence.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take my chance that there is a God.

 

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1) see also DNA and the protein molecules, which came first?

 2) picture of the atom construction is copied from http://www.nmsea.org/Curriculum/4_6/Electricity/dc_electricity.htm