[Edited and adapted for Think & Believe by Dave Nutting]
All through history, the Bible has been criticized because it has gone against the latest theories. However, over time the Bible has been vindicated and the ideas that “contradicted” it have been found to be wrong. The big point of controversy today is Creation vs. Evolution.
The Bible says that God created, but evolutionary atheists feel that life first began by random accidents forming a first living cell. “It wasn’t there; then it was!” That idea sounded possible because people had been taught that the first life was simple, a tradition that started when microscopes were primitive and had minimal magnification. People could look at a drop of water from a mud puddle and see little, “seemingly simple” cells scooting around in the water. Some people thought, “Anything that simple could have begun by accident!” This lack of knowledge made atheism appear reasonable.
However, even a single celled bacterium must accomplish, within its one cell, the same tasks we accomplish using the trillions of cells in our bodies. Eating, digestion, metabolism, waste removal, reproduction – and even thinking – all take place within a single cell!
To do all this, the individual parts of cells are really complex –not in the least bit simple. One such part is called DNA which directs much of what goes on in the cell. DNA is not only too complex for anyone to really understand it, but its intricacies pose a real challenge to those committed to Atheism. It cries out that it was designed and did not happen by accident!
To do anything at all, DNA depends on other parts in the same cell. By itself it is helpless. RNA, proteins, and extremely complex little machines are among the parts of the cell that are necessary for DNA to do its work.
Could all these complex parts have been present in one cell by accident? Did they just happen to bump together to form the first life? No! They are cell parts. They only exist where there are already living cells to make them!
Even if you have all the parts such as in a dead single cell, a dead body, or even a dead elephant, no one can make the dead live again except the Creator who created life in the first place.
Schools and textbooks however, teach that evolution started with “simple cells” which somehow just popped up and then evolved. Any such statement is completely false! Simple cells don’t exist! Even real cells are too complex for our best intelligent scientists to make!
It is not only cells that can’t just pop up on their own; neither can their most important parts. On top of that some necessary cell parts are not only too complex to pop up on their own, but are also so complicated that scientists can’t even make them. Since this is the case, someone with a better mind than humans must have made them! That someone is God. Living animals and plants are like God’s signature on His creation. His work speaks volumes against the theory of evolution.
Originally published in the March/April 2013 Think and Believe newsletter.
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