Principle # 2: The Origin of Life

Cell Theory refers to the idea that cells are the basic unit of structure in every living thing. ... This theory is one of the foundations of biology. The theory says that new cells are formed from other existing cells, and that the cell is a fundamental unit of structure, function, and organization of all living organisms.
Princeton University: Cell Theory

The modern tenets of the Cell Theory include:

1. all known living things are made up of cells.
2. the cell is structural & functional unit of all living things
3. all cells come from pre-existing cells by division. (Spontaneous Generation does not occur.)
4. cells contain hereditary information which is passed from cell to cell during cell division.
5. all cells are basically the same in chemical composition.
6. all energy flow (metabolism & biochemistry) of life occurs within cells.

University of Miami, Department of Biology

The information above from Princeton University and The University of Miami clearly states that Cell Theory has been validated by the scientific method. Therefore, it should be safe to assume that any organization involved with teaching and the conducting of research regarding the biological sciences would agree that life must first exist before new life can be created. It is unfortunate that the obvious truth of Cell Theory is generally ignored as many educational institutions cling to the idea that the origin of life occurred solely by naturalism.

The "evidence" cited by evolutionary thinkers for the creation of life in a "primordial soup" is that "we exist", without considering that the origin of "existence" must be testable by the scientific method. An example of the "existence as evidence" belief can be seen in the excerpt below from a talk given by the late Dr. George Wald, who received the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Wald uses the older term, spontaneous generation rather than the more contemporary description of abiogenesis. His intent was to identify his belief that life formed from non-living chemicals at least once in a pre-biotic world.

"One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation."
Dr. George Wald, "The Origin of Life", Scientific American, August 1954, p.46

Comment: The evidence presented for the evolutionary creation of life suggested by Dr. Wald is, "I believe."

The "Origin Problem" for evolution

A DNA molecule resides in every cell and contains all the information about the organism. The human body has ~20-25,000 genes with a copy of a person's unique DNA embedded in each of their three trillion-plus cells. The genes that constitute human DNA consist of somewhat greater than 3 billion base pairs. A single base pair might be envisioned as a rung on the DNA double-helix "ladder", expressing (in combination) the genetic data. The molecules A, G, C, T (the "rungs" of the ladder) code the information for the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes. To understand the magnitude of the complexity, chromosome 1 consists of 249 million base pairs. If unwound, a single DNA molecule would stretch to a length of ~6ft (2m).

        DNA Image                     DNA structure click to enlarge

DNA, like the brain, is one of the most complex structures in the Universe. The complexity in the DNA of even the most humble life forms should give pause when considering that evolutionary believers hold to the idea that life's beginning did not require a Designer. Oxytricha trifallax, a single-celled microorganism, devours pond algae and has a highly complex DNA structure consisting of 250,000 base pairs forming 15,600 chromosomes.

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Oxytricha trifallax, National Geographic, Feb., 6, 2013

Evolutionists believe that time and chance somehow joined forces to create life from the chemicals in the speculative primordial soup of an ancient Earth. Suggesting that a hostile chemical world "miraculously" gave birth to a single-celled organism with its complex DNA structure should make one wonder how a foundational premise of evolutionary thought is even remotely based on a coherent scientific explanation. The very idea of a natural origin for the first cell is at best imaginative overreach. Cell Theory clearly speaks against even the possibility that the highly complex design in the structure of life was originated without intelligent oversight. It is safe to say that the primordial soup theory for life's beginnings has no basis in reality and should be re-categorized as a form of "religion".

The Biblical account of Creation (which is admittedly miraculous) states that all species were created by God as fully formed creatures. Both Biblical and evolutionary beliefs cannot be true, but both depend on an event for the beginning of life that is counter to science. The departure from proven science does not present a problem for those who hold to a literal interpretation of Genesis since it is understood that there must have been a beginning which lies outside of any scientific principle. The origin of life is a dilemma for evolutionists, however, and even the admission of a "miraculous beginning" would threaten the foundation of their theory. Without a scientifically plausible beginning, there can be no evolutionary "Tree of Life", as devised by Charles Darwin.
select Evolutionary Theory: A Brief Overview from the web site for more detail

Evolutionists attempt to solve a problem (origin) by separating it from another problem (complexity)

The theory of evolution cannot sweep away the fact that the origin of life must be proven before increasingly complex life forms can even be considered. An unproven and untestable "fact" (the origin if life in a chemical soup) cannot be presented as evidence to support another unproven and untestable "fact", the complexity of life. Circular reasoning is not science and the dream that the origin of life by chemical interactions will one day be found is not sufficient to prove an evolutionary process. In essence, if the search for the beginning of life by purely chemical interactions continues to fail, it may be concluded that "we do not exist."

Proceed to . Principle #3: The Complexity of Life

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