God’s Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace examines eight pieces of evidence that are found inside our universe. Reasons are given for the existence of each piece of evidence and that it is necessary to explain where this evidence came from.
What best explains the origin of life?
The life that we see on this planet is best explained by an intelligent creator.
The beauty of the world around us is largely due to life. We see life in the plants, animals, and in all of our fellow humans. Life is everywhere, but it isn’t simple. Life is extremely complex at the cellular level. First, carbon atoms need to form. Without them, life could not exist. Then there is the formation of amino acids and nucleotide bases. In order to form the DNA and RNA molecules, you need to have entirely right- or left-handed amino acids. These amino acids form together to create proteins which then create life. This process is extremely complex and has to come together in the correct order. DNA is formed from nucleotides and then instructs the formation of proteins. Without DNA, nothing would form. This system also breaks down if there are no carbon atoms or if there is an even mixture of right- and left-handed amino acids.
This problem gets even more complex. We have the equivalent of the chicken and the egg problem in the building blocks of life. Ribosome machines are required to create proteins. However, ribosome machines are also built of proteins. So, which came first? The ribosome machine to create proteins or the proteins needed to create the ribosome machine? This is a major problem for the naturalist.
So, where did life originate? Some have proposed that life started in the atmosphere, but scientists have since showed that the early atmosphere could not produce the amino acids necessary for life. Others say that life could have started in water, but this early primordial soup would not be able to control the distribution of right- and left-handed amino acids. Since no explanations on the earth have been shown to be functional ideas, some have suggested that life started in space. After life formed in space, it was transported to earth on a meteorite. However, this fails to account for the meteor entering the atmosphere at extreme temperatures, destroying all life. It also pushes back the problem one step and is unable to explain how life could form in space. Based on these failed reasons, and that fact that life doesn’t come from non-life, it is most reasonable to conclude that the life we see on earth was created by an intelligent being.
April 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm
You have pretty much already said that scientists have offered a lot of suggestions on how life may have begun, but humbly admit they do not have all of the answers. The two accounts of creation in Genesis contradict one another and where written about 500 years apart from one another. Neither of them give detailed information about how life originated. The authors could not possibly have known how life began, and they don’t really try to explain it beyond saying that God spoke creation into being or that he made it with his own hands. Science, a constant endeavor to learn more, humbly admits it needs more information to answer the question accurately. Do you really expert scientists and researchers to stop asking good scientific questions?
April 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Cdbraun, thanks for the question. You are correct in saying that Genesis doesn’t give details exactly how God created life, but I would disagree that they contradict one another. However, I wasn’t writing this to give the details on how life originated but but rather where it came from.
Do I want scientists and researchers to stop asking good scientific questions? Absolutely not! I encourage science and I love it. I want us to keep learning more and more. I just don’t think the conclusion that an intelligent being was behind creation stops science. We should continue to pursue deeper knowledge on how exactly is happened.
April 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm
Well I am glad you’re still a fan of science because many people think that “God did it” is all the answer that is required.
Not sure how you don’t see the glaring contradictions in gen 1 and gen 2. Totally different character in God, totally different order of creation, totally different way of creation. Did you know that gen 1 was written after the Babylonian exile and added in front of gen 2, which was a much earlier text? Did you know that they have vastly different concepts of God and the Jews relationship to him because of their long captivity in Babylon? Lots of very very interesting stuff going on in the creation stories. But they are not telling the same story and they absolutely contradict one another. Look into it.
April 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm
Yes, I don’t think “God did it” is a good response.
As far as Genesis 1 and 2 and their time of writing, how did you come to those conclusions?
April 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm
They are not my personal conclusions. These are the results of biblical scholarship on the subject. I’ve taken several Old Testament courses in my graduate school work on the way to my PhD. I haven’t looked it up myself on Wikipedia, but I’m sure there will be plenty of detail and references there. That’s not my particular area of expertise but I remember a lot from my early coursework.
April 12, 2016 at 9:44 pm
Are you saying that dating of Genesis you mentioned before is not your personal conclusion?
April 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm
I am saying that it wasn’t my idea. I didn’t come up with it, but I find the ideas presented by biblical historians quite compelling. I mean, these are important questions to ask, right? When was it written, who wrote it, why was it written, who was it written for, what was going on at be time of writing, what influenced the writing, etc. ?
April 12, 2016 at 10:14 pm
I think it is important to ask those questions and I would encourage everyone to ask them. When I asked how you came to that conclusion I wasn’t asking if it was your personal idea on the dating. My question to you was, what facts and evidences from historians about Genesis did you find compelling that led you to the conclusion? Maybe I misunderstood you earlier when you said that you haven’t looked it up for yourself on Wikipedia.
April 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm
I should add this- something many literal readings of the bible don’t like to do- you will gain a much greater understanding of the Bible by looking into the abundant research on how it was written, when different parts of it were written, and who wrote it. It is too often assumed by many (not necessarily you, I don’t know) that the God simply wrote it all at once through one or several people. It is far more complex than that.