And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23
How did life begin? That has been a question that science has been trying to answer for as long as there have been scientists. Yet the Israelites were given the answer over four thousand years ago. God created all life on earth. And, if life exists elsewhere in the universe, God created that life also.
One of the greatest puzzles in biology today is how life first began. When one is looking at this problem from a totally naturalistic point of view it can cause people to come up with some interesting ideas. One such idea is panspermia, the theory that life did not originate on earth but somewhere else and hitched a ride on some stellar object such as a comet or was deliberately sent to earth by intelligent life that developed elsewhere. The problem with this theory is it does not answer the question as to how life began. All panspermia does it push the origin further back in time.
Those who believe life developed on earth believe it started either in a warm pool of water or maybe a hydrothermal vent where the raw ingredients of life came together to form the first cell. What is missing is how exactly this happened and to date no one has been able to duplicate this in the lab. It seems that no matter how hard we try we just cannot get the precursors to life to form a living cell. This is not for a lack of trying. Scientists have been working on this since the early 1950’s.
Of course if you can take your eyes of naturalism for a few seconds, the Bible tells us how life first began on earth. It required an intelligent agent, God. When we take God out of the picture we stumble around in the dark. Trying this and trying that and failing at every turn. We only have to look at how complex each living organism is to see that such complexity is not a random event. Even the most primitive one celled organism is a highly complex machine. DNA is the most compact and information rich code known. Our DNA holds all the information needed to make a human. No other code in the universe has such ability.
Random chance or God that is the choice we have. A dice roll or intelligence. Which is more likely to create life?
Have a blessed day,