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Principle # 2: The Origin of Life

And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 NKJV

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

All cells come from pre-existing cells by division. (Spontaneous Generation does not occur.)
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. Unfortunately, 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 in a "primordial soup."

The "evidence" cited by evolutionary thinkers for the "soup" theory 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, recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Wald uses the older term, spontaneous generation, rather than the contemporary description of abiogenesis. His intent was to share 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."

There is also an irony that is inadvertently perpetuated by evolutionists who believe that life exists on yet to be identified exoplanets. Many billions of dollars are spent and significant effort expended in the search for extraterrestrial life. The SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) continues to scan the COSMOS with its Allen Telescope Array in California's Cascade Mountains as they listen for signals generated from distant exoplanet populations. After more than three decades the "populations" remain silent.

Even NASA, with its Astrobiology project, directs significant funding to the search for the elusive life with whom they hope to make contact.

While no clear signs of life have ever been detected, the possibility of extraterrestrial biology – the scientific logic that supports it – has grown increasingly plausible. That is perhaps the single largest achievement of the burgeoning field of astrobiology, the broad-based study of the origins of life here and the search for life beyond Earth.
Astrobiology at NASA, Life in the Universe astrobiology.nasa.com

Comment: An old adage might best describe the thinking at the SETI Institute and NASA, "You can't make this stuff up." Why is it that, if the origin of life on Earth cannot be identified, would one want to search the Universe for the answer? Also, NASA might consider defending its statement "the scientific logic that supports it", speaking of life being created in the hostile environment thus far determined by the NASA space probes.

The "Origin Problem" for Biological Evolution: DNA

DNA, that resides in the nucleus of each of the three trillion cells in the human body, consists of 3-billion base pairs. Base pairs are the code that define the individual and are composed of the molecules A, T, G, C; envisioned as a series of "rungs" on the DNA double-helix "ladder." The "rungs" are organized into 23 chromosomes which are further organized into ~20-25,000 genes. To further understand the magnitude of the complexity, chromosome 1 (of 23) consists of 249 million base pairs. If unwound, a single strand of DNA 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. The suggestion 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 depend on an event for the beginning of life that is counter to science and only one can be true. 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 In6days.org web site for more detail

"… the Neodarwinian hypothesis offers no explanation for the greatest phenomenon of life: the development of the genetic coded information …”
The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution, A.E. Wilder-Smith, PhD

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 does not qualify as evidence 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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