Reasons for Having Faith
Part 2 of 7
The Source of Life
The earth is full of life of incredible diversity. The best estimate is that there may be over 8 million species on earth! One of the most fundamental questions is where did all of this life come from?
Natural evolutionists believe that in a primordial environment there was the right mix of gases such as hydrogen, methane, ammonia, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, etc. that interacted with some type of energy such as the sun or lightning that converted these basic elements into a variety of amino acids. Those evolved into proteins; the proteins eventually evolved into simple cells, complete with DNA to replicate themselves.
Dr. Stephen Meyer, a geophysicist who earned a doctorate at Cambridge, wrote, “Consider what you’d need for a protein molecule to form by chance. First, you need the right bonds between the amino acids. Second, amino acids come in right-handed and left-handed versions, and you’ve got to get only left-handed ones. Third, the amino acids must link up in a specified sequence, like letters in a sentence. Run the odds of these things falling into place on their own and you find that the probabilities of forming a rather short functional protein at random would be one chance in a hundred thousand trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion. That’s a ten with 125 zeroes after it! And that would only be one protein molecule — a minimally complex cell would need between three hundred and five hundred protein molecules.”
Even the simplest of cells is amazingly complex and has hundreds of thousands of bits of information stored in its DNA. DNA is an astonishingly complex storage mechanism. Information requires someone to have organized it. The storage and sharing of information in a meaningful way so that it makes sense requires intelligence and intentional effort. DNA seems to shout that it has been designed – by someone.
Science can only deal with what’s observable. Many people believe that what is observable was made by a creator who is not observable, at least not by scientific methods. The belief is that God, who is outside space and time and is neither energy nor matter, created what exists — energy, matter, and life — within a space and time continuum. According to Dr. Francis Collins, a geneticist who is the head of the Human Genome Project, 40 percent of scientists believe in God and believe that He created life!
Admittedly, a decision about whether God exists and created life, including us, has profound ramifications. If it all just happened by chance then life has no ultimate meaning and purpose, but if God created life, and us, then our lives have meaning and a purpose, and this reality should make a difference as to how we live.
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation’… And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures’… And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures’… Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’” (Genesis 1:11, 20, 24, 26)