A Christian Perspective On The Origin Of Life: Part II
In my second installment we will be continuing our examination of the origin of life and the information we receive from the fossil record. Now as I said in my last installment, there are similarities in the findings of both evolutionists and the creationists. Note that I didn’t include intelligent design-ists. While they are embarking on a noble cause, they are not standing up and saying that they are declaring for God as the Creator of all we see and know. Even Richard Dawkins has hypothesized that it could have been alien life forms who dropped off a self replicating seed cell which then evolved into the many life forms we see today. This is a form of intelligent design is it not! But what it does is leave God in any form out of the mix.
I believe that God exists and that He created all things.
The Evolutionist believes that all things exist by a mere random occurrences.
The evolutionist will hypothesize (guess) and use words like may have, could have; possibly might have.happened.
The Christian declares with absolute certainty that God spoke and the universe and all live appeared exactly as He had planned.
The Creationist and the Evolutionist both approach the existence of all things with presuppositions which can be noted in a simple chart.
Time Not Important
God Does Not Exist/Chaos
Internal Self Order
Slow Gradual Change
These presuppositions are reflective of the differing worldviews with each making their particular truth-claims as such.
Consider just for a moment the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. This place is known as the richest fossil beds of the Oligocene epoch. Now the Evolutionist who studies these fossil beds concludes that over 12 million years of ‘mammalian’ evolution took place. He approaches these fossil sites with the presupposition in mind that evolution is a fact and his findings reflect this mindset. And in his mind the evidence is declares that all the different fossilized forms reveal a gradual process of change which took millions upon millions of years.
The Creationist comes to this very same fossil bed, sees the very same fossils and reaches the conclusion that this massive bed of fossils could only be caused by a world-wide flood, like the one recorded in the book of Genesis.
Let me give you another little chart that clarifies the starting point for each worldview
Based on the Biblical Record
Accountability to God
Based on man’s word
Unknown Internal Process
Accountability to man
Now as was pointed out so eloquently by several people from the first installment, Science is a systematic process by which we, through the process of
- Theory and
by which we examine the world around us and, based upon observation, classifications, and descriptions, lead to experimental investigation and theoretical explanations. Both deductive (A form of reasoning in which conclusions are formulated about particulars from general or universal premises) and inductive (reasoning from detailed facts to general principles) reasoning are used in a true scientific process.
Now true science must have integrity, dependability, reliability and be trustworthy. If evidence is tampered with or if conclusions have been falsified to support ones own personal opinions then, what you have is a personal philosophical statement that reflects what you want others to believe regardless of the evidence. This is true from both sides of the aisle. For the Creationist to make claims without supporting conclusive evidence is sheer lunacy. Such people are what give Christianity a bad name in the world. But this also goes for the Evolutionist. He or she must provide conclusive evidence to support their truth-claims or we are in the same place.
And those who hear the evidential claims from both sides must listen with a critical ear and not be too open-minded. You know what they say of those who are too open minded: your brains will fall out!
So where do we start from a scientific point of view to provide evidence for the Christian/Biblical view of the origin of life? Well let us use the same laws of science which are the foundation of all scientific ventures. These Laws have been demonstrated to be reliable, regardless of time or place and have enabled researchers to make accurate predictions from a given set of conditions. Almost every scientific law can be expressed by means of a mathematical formula.
Enumerated below are a list of these laws.
- Newton’s Laws of motion (three laws for all motion)
- Universal Gravitation (two bodies attracting each other)
- Boyle’s Law (gas pressure and volume relationship)
- Charles’ Law (gas temperature and volume relationship)
- Ideal Gas Law (gas temperature, volume and pressure)
- Coulomb’s Law (Charges, distances between two objects
- Hooke’s Law (Spring action and force)
- Kepler’s Law (laws of planetary orbits)
- Snell’s Law (Refraction law of light)
- Ohm’s Law (Electrical law of volts, amps and resistance)
- The Laws of Thermodynamics (universal laws of energy and matter)
These Laws are observable having been tested in the laboratory through observation and all of the other tools available to us. I would like for us to take a look at the Law of Thermodynamics in particular as it is quite fascinating when applied to the biblical account of Creation. The first Law of Thermodynamics: The Law of Conservation of matter and energy states “the amount of energy and matter remain constant. Matter and energy may change from one form to another but will always be conserved. Matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed.”
The second Law of Thermodynamics declares that matter and energy have a universal tendency to go to disorder, a process known as entropy. Apply that to the universe and we conclude that it is running down in every form. (Even the evolutionary scientists are declaring that our sun will go dark eventually…of course they say it will happen in the far future.) Organization, if left alone becomes disorganization. (You can observe this in the natural realm…say an office or a classroom…the boss or the teacher leaves for a moment and the employees or the students degenerate into chaos.) Therefore energy must be added to the system to increase order and lower entropy.
The Evolutionist would state that this energy is self produced and is self sustaining while the Christian would hold to the Biblical declaration that God created all things and holds all things together by the word of His power.
From the Biblical account we also understand that this planet we occupy is only temporary. It was created for God’s purposes of life and redemption. On the appointed day God who spoke this world into existence will speak it out. Even now this world groans under the weight of sin which is a form of entropy, disorder. But I digress…
Consider the vastness of the Universe itself. The Evolutionist assumes natural causes to explain the existence of the stars, the sun, the earth etc. He does this by indulging in speculation…without empirical data to support his theory. Such data has never been observed which is probably why all the experiments in order to ‘discover’ the ‘god’ particle. This would indeed explain away the existence of God and replace Him with an it, interestingly an impersonal, force by which all things came into being. A replacement god so to speak! Now consider the closest star to our solar system; Alpha Centauri. It is 4.3 light years away. The Milky Way Galaxy is composed of hundreds of billions of stars. It is estimated that the Milky Way at its widest point is 120,000 light years wide. This is massive on a scale that is literally immeasurable by human artifice. Did this just happen? Is the Universe a result of random chance and circumstance? The Christian says no.
The Evolutionist says yes but without scientific data to back up their truth claims. We hear of things like dark matter and dark energy which in truth occupies some 95 percent of the universe. Indeed only 5 percent of the Universe is observable and can be accounted for. The rest is merely speculative exercise because without empirical data these men and women are engaging in mere speculation rather than true science to make their case.
The Christian takes his direction from the Bible and the evidence therein as well as that of the observable to declare what is. Because of this I will be taking time to produce evidence for the trustworthiness of the Bible as a rule of reliable truth. And we will also look a bit more at the evidenceor lack there of for the Big Bang Theory.
God bless you!