Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Life: an insurmountable problem for atheism

Now that we have the basic introductions out of the way, let's get down to why the first question in the Question Evolution! Campaign, "How did life originate?", is so important to both creationists and evolutionists. First, why is it important to evolutionists? Well, that's easy enough. Because of the evolutionary assertion that life was not created but rather evolved as is expressed by evolutionary biologists such as Julian Huxley who said:
"In the evolutionary pattern of thought, there is neither need nor room for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves, mind and soul as well as brain and body. So did religion." -   The Humanist Frame (1961) p. 18
The problem of course is that Julian Huxley had no idea how life on Earth actually evolved from nonliving material into biological organisms and now, 50 years later, evolutionary biologists still have no idea. That is why they have to pour millions of dollars of taxpayers money into research to figure it out. The assertion that life evolved is made in complete ignorance of how it could have possibly done so; not because they know but in spite of the fact that they don't know. Not only that but such an assertion is in direct contradiction to what we do understand about the Law of Biogenesis, that life only comes from life.

Now, in all fairness then, the question arises, "How can we know that life was created?" or more simply put, "Was life created?" and if so, "How was life created?" These are the questions that I have personally been working on for a good many years. You could call it my own personal Question Creation campaign in a sense because I have investigated these questions for myself long before the initiation of CMI's 15 questions for evolutionists.  

The primary question to answer then is this, "If life was created then what should we find?" Or,
More specifically, "If living organisms were created by God then what should we find?"

First we need to define some terms.
From the "Merriam-Webster" dictionary online:

Definition of CREATEtransitive verb
: to bring into existence <God created the heaven and the earth — Genesis 1:1(Authorized Version)>a : to invest with a new form, office, or rank <was created a lieutenant>
b : to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior <her arrival created a terrible fuss> <create new jobs>: causeoccasion <famine creates high food prices>a : to produce through imaginative skill <create a painting>
b : design <creates dresses>

The first definition here is "to bring into existence" as in "God created the heaven and the earth" but I also want to bring attention to another word, Design, because it is listed as a definition and has specific implications to aspects of the creative process.

Definition of DESIGNtransitive verb
: to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan: devisecontrivea : to conceive and plan out in the mind <he designed the perfect crime>
b : to have as a purpose : intend <she designed to excel in her studies>
c : to devise for a specific function or end <a book designed primarily as a college textbook>
archaic : to indicate with a distinctive mark, sign, or name
a : to make a drawing, pattern, or sketch of
b : to draw the plans for <design a building>
intransitive verb
: to conceive or execute a plan
: to draw, lay out, or prepare a design

Now, it is the definition of "design" that gives a particular scope to answering the question, "Were living organisms created?" because of the close similarity of things which we Know are designed (such as motors, electronic information transmittion and storage systems, digital cameras and video recording equipment, and so forth) to biological organs and organelles. So, if we know that motors, computers and video equiment were designed (because we can trace those designs back to their designers) then it would be only rational to believe that flagellar motors, brains and eyes were also likewise designed. This is pure common sense.

But, there's more. When we look closer at the molecular structure of a living cell we find that there is something about the operational function within the components which presents several conundrums, Catch22s, which would lead one to believe that they must have been designed by a supernatural designer. For example; a ribosome is composed of ribosomal RNA(rRNA) strands which are wound up and held in place by ribosomal binding proteins which keep these rRNA strands from coming unraveled. Now, we know that ribosomes manufacture proteins but proteins are what hold ribosomes together so they can do so. Here's the problem with a purely naturalistic attempt such as the RNA World Hypothesis to explain this conundrum. In order to support the RNA World Hypothesis you need a functional ribosome which is NOT composed of these structural proteins and is capable of producing these structural proteins AND it should be shown both how these structural proteins became incorporated into the ribosomal structures and how their codon instructions were encoded into DNA.

Now, another more puzzling question arises.

If these ribosomal structural proteins were not necessary for protein synthesis in the first place then why are they now present in every single living organism we have studied?

Such a Catch22 as the Ribosomal Structural Proteins is exactly the kind of thing that one would expect to find if biological organisms were created by God and this is exactly what we find.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forget their use. Galileo Galilei

Origin of Life Questions and Answers

Key articles

What are some basic problems with the naturalistic origin of life?

How do the laws of statistics and probability describe the evolutionary claim that life came about by chance?

What are some scientific problems with the idea that life arose due to ‘chemical evolution’?

Have scientists been able to create living cells from non-living matter in a lab, as the media claim?

Could DNA and the genetic code evolve by chance?

What is ‘irreducible complexity’ and how does it pose a problem for evolution? What are some examples of irreducible complexity?

Did life originate in outer space?

DNA - ORIGINS and EVOLUTION - An Embarrassing Condundrum 

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