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Simply natural or simply Supernatural?


Life:  The spirit of God
or just beating the odds?

Life forming on its own is a remote probability, but the estimates of the probabilities involved are subject to a wide range of assumptions.  Abiogenesis theory greatly reduces the odds by assuming that life formed in a series of steps, from the simplest of molecules to the first cell.

So maybe Earth won the planetary lottery of life?

Some supporters of evolution as an explanation for life's origins present a case that the probabilities of life forming on its own are much better than for you winning the Lotto, perhaps only one in a million (106) instead of the hopeless odds of one in 1040,000 calculated by astrophysicist Fred Hoyle.

Where would you bet YOUR money?

Let's say "You win!" and assume for a moment that they're right.  We're still left with several problems:

  • If the odds that life formed on its own are one in a million, then aren't the odds for the other alternative, life not being formed on its own, (e.g., Divine creation), a million to one?  What rational person would choose the first bet over the second bet?

  • Even if the odds were shown to be far more favorable yet, we'd still be left with this question:  How is it that the "natural" laws of the universe are so precisely predisposed to make the formation of life so incredibly easy?  Isn't this strong evidence of design in and of itself?

  • There is no evidence that all the intermediate steps proposed by abiogenesis theory can exist in nature. A scenario describing the genesis of life on earth by chance and natural causes which is based on fact and not faith has not yet been written.  On the other hand, even though we can't control it or measure it, there is evidence of God's existence, from miraculous healings in response to prayer to faith itself, which is awareness, and evidence, of an external force.  Where is our faith best placed:  In incredible odds or in an incredible God?

Life:  More than the some of its parts?

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You could put a frog in a blender and have not only all the essential proteins for life, but complete cells that surpass any dreamed of by abiogenesis theory.  What you won't have, however, is life.  Dead cells remain dead no matter what is done to them.  Life does not simply consist of a mere assemblage of the right compounds or proteins.  It's a dynamic system of unparalleled precision in design, from the simplest cell to human beings.  And just as with a car found running, don't we still have to ask, "who turned the key?" 

Was the universe designed to support life?

Consider the words of Stephen Hawking:

"The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and electron.  ...  The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life."

And these words of Sir Fred Hoyle, Astrophysicist:

"A common sense interpretation of the facts suggest that a superintellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature."

The unbiased scientific conclusion:
Intelligent Design

Science is based on observation of evidence and logical inference.

What do we observe? That life only comes from existing life and not from inanimate matter or even dead cells.

What do we logically infer? That life forming on its own is far less likely than it being caused.

Wouldn't the scientific method lead anyone acting without any bias or prejudice to conclude that intelligent design is far more likely and reasonable than life happening on its own?

But isn't it a fact that evolution occurred?

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