Spontaneous Generation

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Memory Verse:
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1: 3 & 4)


For a long time, people thought that living things came from nonliving things (spontaneous generation).  They thought that mud turned into frogs and old rags turned into rats!  Some even thought that spoiled meat turned into white worms!

A man named Francesco Redi did an experiment to see if meat did turn into worms.  He put meat into two jars.  He covered one jar with fine cloth, and the other he left open.  The meat spoiled in both jars, but only the jar that was uncovered produced white worms!  Redi repeated the experiment and found that it happened again.  Then he noticed that flies were crawling all over the uncovered mat and were laying eggs. The white worms were maggots (fly larvae).  There were no flies on the covered meat.

Other men did experiments too, and discovered that rags do not turn into rats.  Rag piles were just places rats liked to have their babies!  The frogs that appeared to come from mud actually came from frog eggs.  A new universal law of science was discovered.  It’s called the Law of Biogenesis.  Bio- means life.  Genesis means beginning.  Scientists know that in the world today there is no way that life can simply begin on its own.  We know life comes only from other life; yet evolutionists still say that millions of years ago life came from non-life.  (Were they there?)


You can repeat the experiments done by Francesco Redi on spontaneous generation.  But I warn you ahead of time.  This experiment really STINKS! Make sure you have your parent’s permission to do this experiment. 

What you need: 

  • 2 glass jars
  • 1 piece of cloth or fine gauze big enough to cover one jar
  • rubber-band or string
  • 2 uncooked or raw pieces of meat.

Put some meat into each jar.  Cover one of the jars with cloth or gauze using a rubber band or string to hold it.  (Make sure air can get to the meat.)  Now take the two jars OUTSIDE.  (This is not an indoor experiment!)  Make sure that you place the two jars somewhere that your dogs or cats will not disturb them.  This experiment is best done in warm weather.  Now just check the two jars once or twice a day until you see something happening.  How long did it take and what did you see?  Write to Eugene and tell him what you observed.  Don’t forget to throw away the rotten meat after the experiment!  Phewww!


By Lanny and Marilyn Johnson

Originally Published in the September/October 1995 Kids Think and Believe Too!

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