Darwin’s tree of life is vital to the idea of evolution. Biological life must have a beginning. Without it, can one claim that evolution is true? No, why would it be? It is the same with the Bible. If God did not create in Genesis 1, why would the rest of the Bible be true?
Our planet teems with plants and living organisms. The claim is that it all evolved, but how did the first living organism evolve naturally on earth? It is the quest of many evolutionists to solve that riddle. Have they succeeded yet? No, but they assure us that they are working on it, as they will for the next 100 years. Why? The problem is the genetic recipe, or code (DNA). It is present in all life forms.1 Without the genetic recipe, there can be no life.
The riddle of the genetic recipe is to prove that it all evolved naturally. Why is it impossible? Present day principles give clues about the past. Lipton gave a clue, namely inference to best explanation (IBE). It means that if one sees tracks of a peculiar shape in snow, one can infer that somebody with snowshoes recently passed by. Past causes can be inferred from present effects. 2
From present experience we know that only intelligence can design a recipe. For example, experience shows that a natural event cannot systematically arrange letters into a meaningful book. Only people with intelligence can do that. So we can infer that an intelligent cause must have produced the genetic recipes. According to the Bible, that source was God.
This is naturally completely unacceptable to evolutionists. They accept only natural causes. According to them, a natural event ‘produced’ the code. So there is a relentless search for natural origins. The question is: if experience shows that only intelligence can write recipes, why will it be different with the genetic recipes? That is why we say they will never succeed. The premise is wrong: natural chance events cannot produce intelligent codes.
Is there evidence that they are near to a solution? No, but there are plenty of suggestions:
deep-sea thermal vents, the Miller-Urey experiment, white or black smokers, volcanic sulphur, floating pumice, thermal hot springs, RNA world, comet shock waves, panspermia (life from outer space), et cetera. 3
What does it mean if the riddle of the origin of life has not yet been solved? It means that people accept evolution is a fact, fact, fact, without the basic evidence.4 That leads to evolutionism, a faith based on what Darwin supposedly proved, but never did. This faith is kept alive by massive propaganda and laws that prohibit criticism of evolutionism.
What does this have to do with the Bible? Just this, nobody has yet solved the question of who created life. The Bible tells us who did. The Creator God.
- J B Reese et al, Campbell Biology, Pearson, 2011, 2008, 2005, p 351-370.
- SC Meyer, Signature in the Cell, DNA and the evidence for Intelligent Design, HarperOne, 2009, p 155-172.
- D O’Leary, Origin of Life, Could It All Have Come Together in One Very Special Place, March 12, 2014, http://www.evolutionnews.org’2014/03.origin_of_life082851.html.
- R Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution, Bantam Press, 2009, p 6,9,10