NEWS & VIEWS (continued)
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Also in Creation Update No.106:
WE are all familiar with fairy tales which begin “Once upon a time…..” For example, the story of Red Riding Hood: “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived in a village near the forest….” Most children enjoy such stories, but they soon realise that they are only stories and couldn’t possibly be true.
DARWIN’S WARM POND
Popular theories about the origin and evolution of life often have a “Once upon a time…” element to them. Although evolutionists have to believe that life arose from non-living matter, since there is no scientific evidence that this did, or even could, happen, they have to resort to story-telling.
Charles Darwin speculated that there may once have been a “warm little pond” where life began. However, BBC News (13th February 2006) reported comments by scientist David Deamer: “We are now testing Darwin’s idea, but in ‘hot little puddles’ associated with the volcanic regions of Kamchatka (Russia) and Mount Lassen (California USA). The results are surprising and in some ways disappointing. It seems that hot acidic waters containing clay do not provide the right conditions for chemicals to assemble themselves into ‘pioneer organisms’.”
“A PROCESS AS YET UKNOWN”
Although some evolutionists have proposed the theory that life came from outer space, most have favoured the theory that life began in deep-sea hydrothermal vents or “hot smokers.” Scientific American (August 2017) reported that some scientists are again suggesting that life began in “hot volcanic pools.” But others remain unconvinced, still preferring the hydrothermal vent theory.
Professor Richard Dawkins wrote: “We have no evidence about what the first step in making life was, but we do know the kind of step it must have been. It must have been whatever it took to get natural selection started… by some process as yet unknown.”1 Note that he twice uses the phrase “must have been.” Nobel prize-winner Dr Harold Urey let the cat out of the bag when he admitted, “We all believe as an article of faith that life evolved from dead matter on this planet.”2
AVOIDING THE HURDLE
Many evolutionists prefer to ignore the problem of life’s origin. Professor Brian Cox wrote: “The details of the origin of life don’t really concern us.”3 So he avoided this hurdle and, like many others, proposed the existence of something they call LUCA (the Last Universal Common Ancestor) — a theoretical concept based on comparing the genes of living organisms, and assuming that similarities mean a common origin. Thus everything — roses and rats, butterflies and bears, salmon and salamanders, humans and hummingbirds — supposedly evolved from this in 3.8 billion years. So, once upon a time there was LUCA and now, here we are! Even Brian Cox admits, “The chance of coming up with even the simplest genetic code in the simplest organism on earth is vanishingly small.”3
We believe that genetic similarities point to common design, not common ancestry. The Biblical record of creation doesn’t begin with “Once upon a time..” but with “In the beginning God.” As Paul wrote: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1: 20
References: 1. The Greatest Show on Earth, chapter 13. 2 Quoted in Christian Science Monitor, January 4th, 1962, p. 4.
3. Wonders of Life (2013) pp. 255 & 262.
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