The riddle of life’s origins

Darwin’s tree of life is vital to the idea of evolution. Biological life must have a beginning. The riddle of first lifeWithout 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.

References

  1. J B Reese et al, Campbell Biology, Pearson, 2011, 2008, 2005, p 351-370.
  2. SC Meyer, Signature in the Cell, DNA and the evidence for Intelligent Design, HarperOne, 2009, p 155-172.
  3. 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.
  4. R Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Evidence for Evolution, Bantam Press, 2009, p 6,9,10

The myth of the talking snake

The talking snake in the garden of Eden has puzzled many people. Genesis 3:1 reads, Talking serpentNow the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” What are we to make of it? Accept ridicule, or investigate Scripture?

There are reasons to believe that it was not a snake (serpent) that spoke, but an intelligent personality that spoke through the serpent:

  • Revelation 12:9 identifies the serpent. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. If the serpent of Genesis 3 deceives the whole world, it was not an ordinary snake, but the devil himself.
  • Why would a physical serpent enquire about God’s words, as the snake did in the garden of Eden? The ‘serpent’ told Eve that God lied.1 When Eve believed the serpent and obeyed him, it lead to catastrophic results.
  • The words of the ‘serpent’ are the standard ploy to make people doubt God’s Word. The devil (in disguise) still asks, Did God really say? For example, did God really say He created the universe and all life in 6 days? No physical snake would be interested in that.
  • We read that God spoke through a donkey,2 (see Balaam and the talking donkey https://6days6thousand.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/balaam-and-the-talking-donkey/)

Scripture teaches an important principle: God and the devil speak to people through a physical being. In these cases it was a serpent and a donkey. Usually it is through people. At the time when the devil came into the garden, there were no other humans through whom he could speak. He chose to do it through the snake. The reason we know it is not a myth is that questioning God’s Word has been a standard ploy through the ages.

Today it is not necessary for God or the devil to speak through animals. God speaks through His people, and the devil through his. God’s people root for heaven, the devil’s for hell. The devil will eventually be ‘jailed’ in the lake of burning sulphur, where he will be tortured day and night.3 He does not relish the thought. So, bent on revenge, he wants to trap as many people as he can to join him in hell. The Apostle Paul entreats that [people] will come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.4 Bold ours.

Conclusion
The drama that took place early in history, still reverberates as people deny the Book of Truth and pledge allegiance to the serpent (the devil).

References

  1. Genesis 3:4
  2. Numbers 22:28-31
  3. Revelation 20:10
  4. 2 Timothy 2:26

Balaam and the talking donkey

As you probably know, the Bible is not like a textbook. The information is scattered. An illustration is BalaamBalaam (of Balaam and the talking donkey fame).

The basic story is in the book of Numbers. There are some puzzling statements in it:

  • God told Balaam not to go with Balak’s people to curse the Israelites and he did not go (22:12).
  • Then he was entreated again to curse the Israelites, with the promise of great reward. Balaam wavered and replied that he will find out what else the Lord will tell him (22:19). God told him to go with them (22:20).
  • Balaam went, but God was very angry (22:22).
  • God talked to Balaam through the donkey he was riding on. God told him he was on a reckless path (22:32). Balaam was willing to turn back, but God said he he must go, but speak only what God tells him (22:34,35).

If we read only Numbers 22, it is confusing and difficult to understand. However, references to Balaam from the other Bible books help to piece the whole episode together:

  • There is a clue in 2 Peter 2:15, They [false teachers] have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam, son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. Balaam’s eyes glittered at the riches Balak promised him (Numbers 22:7,17). That is why he said he will find out ‘what else’ the Lord will tell him. He hoped there was a way around his dilemma to please God and earn good money. Jude 11 has the same theme, …they [godless men] have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error… Balaam was out to make a quick buck, but God was in the way.
  • Balaam did deliver God’s message, but he gave ‘extra’ advice to Balak: the way to handle the threat of the Isrealites, was to get Israelite men to indulge in immorality with Moabite women. Then God’s wrath will come on the Israelites. In Revelation 2:14 we read, You have people who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
  • Balaam’s advice was effective, since we read in Numbers 25 what happened. The Moabite women seduced the Israelite men. In the subsequent plague as a result of their sin, 24,000 Israelites died by the hand of God.
  • Why was God angry at Balaam? He wanted to protect Balaam from doing something that would cause his own ruin. Balaam’s advice cost the Israelites 24,000 people and he lost his life eventually. In Numbers 31:8 we read, They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.

To summarise
We only understand the narrative fully when we read all the relevant passages in the different books (a good concordance is a great help). This is the pattern in the Bible. The ‘information is scattered.’ It was designed that way by the Holy Spirit so that we will not only read a verse or two, but study and meditate on the Word. Then we will come to understand our Lord God Almighty and His Son, who opened the way for the Holy Spirit to sanctify God’s people and prepare us for eternal life.

Compare The myth of the talking snake.