Monday, June 16, 2008

"How Life Began"

I just finished watching a fascinating program on the History Channel called “How Life Began.” According to this program, the most ancient rocks on earth show that the origin of life occurred “almost the same geological moment” that earth was capable of sustaining life.

And yet, the simplest living organisms are more complicated than the computer I am typing on! So how is it that billions of microscopic life forms, each more complicated than my computer, just happened (all by themselves!) to emerge from dead chemicals--not after billions of years of evolution, but at almost the same geological moment that earth was capable of sustaining life?

The program never gave a satisfactory explanation to that question and frankly, I just don’t have enough faith to believe it happened all by itself.

7 comments:

Kevin said...

I think the official scientific term for this type of phenomena is 'magic'.

jazzycat said...

Evolution is most definitely a faith based religion and it takes a lot of faith........

L'oiseau said...

Macro-evolution is a scientific theory, not a religion, and yes, it certainly does take a lot of faith to believe it. I don't really have a problem believing that that's how God created the animals though.

St.Lee said...

Personally, I believe that Jehovah is powerful enough to have created animals the way he says he did. But why take his word for it when there is a "scientific theory" to trust.

L'oiseau said...

First of all, my sentiment was supposed to be more, "If I get to Heaven and God says he created animals through evolution, I will shrug my shoulders and be like, cool!" I don't rule it out just because some Christian persons out there don't believe in it.

That being said, I have no idea how God created the animals. I wasn't there. All we know is that he spoke everything into being, and that doesn't in any way exclude any scientific theory on the subject.

Dennis said...

l'oiseau,

Most people really don't seem to understand the intelligent design controversy. The controversy is between:

1) Naturalists: those who think the universe and life began entirely by random chance, normal chemical interactions and/or natural selection; with absolutely no help from any intelligence, divine or otherwise.

By definition, anyone who believes that "In the beginning God created..." cannot be in this camp.

2) Intelligent Design: Those who believe that some kind of intelligence was involved in the process. This latter group could theoretically include creationists, progressive creationists, theistic evolutionists, deists, and possibly even some advocates of panspermia or eastern religions.

The point I was making was that even if we assume the standard evolutionary time frame, option #1 is scientifically impossible.

L'oiseau said...

Oh, I guess I was misunderstanding then. So, it said that every form of life came into existence at the same time? Cuz....the Bible doesn't even say that.