Biology (Part 3)

We continue to examine a Christian worldview of biology.  Earlier we had noted that two views regarding the origin of life exist–creation and evolution.  The biblical view is that God created life in a literal six-day creation.  But what if that view is wrong?

If evolution is true, then matter arranged itself against the law of entropy.  The law of entropy states that things tend to decay and breakdown.  Instead of the Big Bang creating chaos and nothing, the matter of the universe arranged itself for no reason whatsoever into organized existence.  While fascinating to think about, that violates the law of entropy.

This quote from a Newsweek article called “Science Finds God” details how perfectly the universe is arranged:

It turns out that if the constants of nature–unchanging numbers like the strength of gravity, the charge of an electron and the mass of a proton–were the tiniest bit different, then atoms would not hold together, stars would not burn and life would never have made an appearance. John Polkinghorne, a physicist at Cambridge University says, ‘When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredibly finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it.

Another point to consider if creation is not true is that matter needed to come to life against the law of biogenesis.  The law of biogenesis says that life can only come from living things.  For example, a tree drops a seed and a sapling grows from that.  If God didn’t give us life, then how did lifeless matter give rise to living creatures?

This quote from Harvard University’s George Wald explains why people would believe against scientific laws and accept the origin of life from lifeless matter, or spontaneous generation:

But I can’t accept that philosophy (creation) because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore I chose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation leading to evolution.

If you don’t want to believe in God, I guess anything is acceptable–even violations of scientific law.

A third consideration to ponder if evolution is the origin of all life is that matter created immaterial thought and information.   Life not only had to arise from lifeless matter, which is impossible, but matter also has to start to think.  We have never observed this.  And remember that observational science is where we can observe, test, and measure things.  Science has never observed lifeless matter thinking.  How can matter make something that has no matter, like thoughts, creativity, or emotion?

Finally, for evolution to be true, there should be evidence for the claims that lifeless matter came to life, started to think, and changed from one type of organism to another.

Curator and paleontologist of London’s Museum of Natural History, Colin Patterson, who had over seven million fossils at his disposal, did not know of any evidence, “fossil or living”, that provides “direct illustration of evolutionary transitions.” “I will lay it on the line—there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”

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