Charles Darwin drew a diagram of a ‘tree’ in his book, On the Origin of Species (1859).
It famously illustrates the process of evolution. A tree grows from seed. So the seed of Darwin’s tree was the first living organism. From it all the other life forms like microbes, plants, fish, birds, mammals, et cetera, evolved.
The Bible first mentions the Tree of Life in Genesis 3:22. The Lord said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live for ever.…’ We next read about the Tree of Life in the last chapter of Revelation. On each side of the river stood the tree of life…. in the New Jerusalem.1
Darwin did not discuss the beginning of life (the seed of the tree) in his book. Later he speculated that life could have begun in some warm little pond.2 How do evolutionists today explain the beginning of life?
One way is the famous Miller-Urey experiment of 1953. Stanley Miller did the experiment to prove that life evolved from dead elements. It produced a few chemical substances, but there is a chasm wider than the Grand Canyon between dead and living atoms or elements. To take a few elements and believe that a living organism will pop out of it, is a fairy tale. Yet this experiment is still included in almost all biology textbooks.3
In the same year, 1953, Watson and Crick discovered the structure of DNA (the carrier of genetic information).4 It revolutionised the understanding of living organisms: no life can exist without the genetic ‘instruction manual.’ A few substances heated in a test tube, like the Miller Urey experiment, cannot produce life (this is where science becomes the enemy of evolution).
DNA resides in the very small nucleus of each living cell. It is like a written code, with a decoder included. Human experience tells us that a code, like computer language, does not evolve by itself. It needs someone to design and write it. Even if we accept the fallacious idea that we evolved from some common ancestor around 6 million years ago, there is no evidence that the very complicated DNA code can evolve.
What does this mean for evolution? Where did the seed for Darwin’s tree of life come from and who wrote its ‘instructions?’ Scientists are hard at work to find a solution. The search is on, the problem of first life must be solved, but they won’t concede that life comes from God. Anything goes, except the Creator.
People started looking up. Not to the Creator, but to the stars. They realised: the answer is in the planets.5 Many people look to the stars for guidance, so why can’t the planets guide us to the solution of first life? The problem has not yet been solved, but fear not, the planets will have the answer. In the meantime, just believe that evolution is true. After all, logical, reasonable people have no problem to believe, by faith, that Darwin was right.
Question: Evolutionists believe only in matter. DNA is is not matter, but information, so it is non-material.6 What are the chances that Darwin’s tree of life will help you overcome God’s tree of life?
- Revelation 22:2
- Charles Darwin in a letter in 1871, by Francis Darwin, cited by R Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, Bantam Press, 2009, p 417.
- J B Reece et al, Global Edition, Campbell Biology, Ninth Edition, Pearson, 2011, p 105, 554-556.
- V Blackmore & A Page, Evolution The Great Debate, A Lion Book, 1989, p 141-144.
- H Crick, LE Orgel, Directed Panspermia, Icarus 19:341-346, 1973, cited by M Denton, Evolution, A Theory in Crisis, Adler & Adler, 1985, p 271.
- W Gitt, In The Beginning was Information, Christliche Literatur-Verbreitung e. V., 1997, p 47: ‘It should now be clear that information, being a fundamental entity, cannot be a property of matter, and its origin cannot be explained in terms of material processes.’