How did life begin?

How did life begin? This is a question that intrigues scholars and the average person alike. Science has shown that the trillions of cells, that make up our bodies, are unfathomably complex with prescriptive information codes at their very core. This issue has two layers that point strongly in one direction: authorship

Spontaneous generation

In medieval times, it was commonly thought that rats, flies and other vermin spontaneously came into existence in certain conditions such as dark and moist cavities (rats) or meat (flies). This belief was handed down from pagan philosophy, centuries before. It was an ignorant and superstitious belief that was largely due to our ancestors’ lack of understanding of life cycles.

Spontaneous generation was soon exposed as false by Rene and Pasteur who demonstrated the doctrine of biogenesis: that life comes from life. The idea that life could spontaneously arise in certain favourable conditions was disproved by robust experiments.

But recently, atheists have revived the old superstition of spontaneous generation and given it a new name. But more about that in a moment.

Chicken or egg? What came first?

Life has many important components but DNA, RNA and proteins (made of amino acids) are essential. Without any one of these three components, life is impossible. DNA is the prescriptive information code that carries the instructions for the blueprint of life. Proteins perform many functions include reading, writing and proof reading DNA and RNA. RNA is a prescriptive information code that is less durable than DNA but more versatile. Proteins transcribe DNA instructions into the temporal code of RNA. A specific type of RNA is used by proteins to produce proteins. But a further type of protein is then needed to fold the proteins so they can function.

Without DNA, there are no instructions or blueprints for proteins. Without RNA, the DNA instructions cannot be translated into proteins. Without Proteins, the DNA and RNA instructions cannot be read, replicated, executed or proof read.

Subscribers to the newly revived superstition of spontaneous generation are trying to cloak superstition with science. Different ideas have been put forward. One idea is that life started when a strand of DNA accidentally formed. Those who push this view point out that proteins require DNA instructions. DNA is exceedingly more stable than RNA. Others argued that, DNA is too rigid, but RNA is more flexible and that is was what spontaneously strung itself together. While some others claim a protein world hypothesis, where a complex protein suddenly formed in a bubbling soup of amino acids. They would point out the RNA is far too unstable to support life.

The fact is they’re all half right. DNA is too inflexible and cannot replicate itself. RNA is incredibly unstable and would not be able to remain stable for long enough to spontaneously generate into meaningful codes. Both DNA and RNA wouldn’t be able to replicate without proteins. And the protein world view is dead in the premordial soup, too, since proteins do not carry their own instructions. Protiens are completely dependant on DNA and RNA for instruction on how to form and function. They all have a deeper problem.

Encoded Information

The difference between life and non life is the existence of functionally specified complexity, which is information. This is not any type information either, but prescriptive information. The question “how did life begin?” can be phrased “How did all that prescriptive information get there?”

The information encoded in DNA is incredibly complex. It is not merely functional or shannon information but a very specifically prescriptive information code. It has not only data but also metadata. In fact, there is more metadata than basic data. Much of the data is contingent on the metadata. This is apparent in DNA splicing. DNA splicing is a process where different parts of multiple genes will be cross read to reveal another code. For example, if you took the capitalised letters out of the following words, you would have “creation”: inCRedible Evidence ATtracts thInking Observers Normally. It can do this because of the metadata in the DNA that tells the protein how to read the code. This is just another reason why mutations can’t improve the genome overall, even when beneficial, since one improvement in one gene will inevitably destroy other genes.

Authorship of life

“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Heb 11:3)

The best explanation for encoded prescriptive information is an intelligent author. Human experience, common sense and science supports this.

The Bible teaches all things were made by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3; Genesis 1). So it is no surprise that there is a code in all living things and natural laws that underlie the universe. DNA is a written record of God’s prescription for living things. God made all things by His word and that is why it is so finely tuned!

But something went wrong. We were separated from the Author of life. This led to decay and eventually death. The separation was caused by sin; we had disobeyed the Word of God and so we became separated from the Author of life.

The Author of life

Thankfully, the “Word became flesh”, the very flesh it created, “and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He came to pay the penalty of our sin on the cross so that we could live in him, reconciled with the Author of lIfe. His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

People rejected and crucified “…the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.” (Act 3:15)

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What is Christianity about? The Answer is Here

The point of life is to know God. The problem of life is that we don’t know God because we are separated from God by our sins. The point of Christianity is to be reconciled to God by the finished work of Jesus Christ who paid the penalty for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead. Jesus is exclusively the only person who can restore this relationship.

In the beginning

God made us in a perfect real world where God sustained all things and no one could suffer or die. God’s sustaining power was everywhere, keeping us satisfied in Him, safe and alive. His eternal sustaining power gave us unlimited life. His eternal sustaining power meant that we had unlimited satisfaction. His constant sustaining power meant that we never suffered. God was our complete, consistent and constant Sustainer.

Human responsibility

God made a perfect universe, perfect life and a perfect human couple (our first ancestors). They could have children (painlessly) and raise those children without anxiety for their future, because God was their sustainer.

There was however one important point we cannot overlook: God made man with a free will. Mankind, both male and female, could freely choose to do anything they wanted within the available options of things and pleasures God had made.

This is the exact point where the free will gets interesting. Because God made the human couple to love Him and be loved by Him, God gave the man the freedom to choose to love or not love God.

God gave the man and woman one choice, a small choice with big consequences, to love or not love God.

He said, “don’t eat of that tree”. All the other trees they could eat from, but not that one tree. A small choice with huge significance, for if they loved God they would not eat. If they chose to eat of that one tree, however, the significance would be lovelessness and the effect deadly.

It wasn’t too much to ask. God had made the man and woman and had given them life. God had given the man and woman everything to enjoy except one thing. If God gave man life, He certainly could tell him what to do with it. And He only told us one thing we must not do.

There was a problem

We did it. And since God told us what to do with the life He gave us and we disobeyed that, our life became an outstanding debt. More than this, because God is Holy (pure and so set apart exclusively) we became separated from Him because of this disobedience. And since we were separated from God’s sustaining power, we began to break down. Accidents started happening. Mutations in our DNA began occurring, causing incredible suffering. Animals became violent. Humans too, separated from God’s sustaining power, became lawless and violent. Things, people and animals began to wind down and die.

Things have gone from bad to worse since then. But God still loved us and wants to save us.

Problem Solved: Jesus

God created us by His Word. This Biblical truth is proven in science, by the DNA code which encodes the complex prescriptive information making what was otherwise inanimate matter alive.

Since we disobeyed God’s Word, we could only be saved by God’s Word. But humans had sinned and so it was a human who owed life. So how could God’s Word save us?

The Word of God, which made all things, entered into the creation He made and took on a human body. “The Word became Flesh” (John 1:14). The Word that wrote the DNA code acquired one in the Womb of a woman. The Word that created the human body entered one and dwelt among us. We knew this person as Jesus. Jesus is the person of the Word of God, we know Him as the Son of God, and He has always lived with God the Father from the beginning (John 1:1).

Jesus, the incarnate Person of the Word of God, then died pouring out His eternal life on a common criminal’s execution device, a cross, so that you and I could be (a) forgiven, by paying the debt, (b) given life (c) reconciled to God, because the dispute is over and the debt paid.

The Math of Eternity

How did one life save all lives? This is a simple question to answer and can be rephrased as: How was one person’s life able give life to so many billions of humans who have lived?

The answer to this lies in the Eternality of Christ.

Jesus was the eternal person of the Word of God. He always had been before time. And he always will be. His life is infinite, without limits, everlasting. As breathtaking as the concept of eternal life is, it is important to take in what this means.

Eternal life of Christ is greater than human debt

If you add up all the lives that ever lived, you would still have a limited sum of mortal human life. That grand total of all human life is less than the infinitely limitless amount of eternal life. This means the total debt of all human life that ever lived without obeying God is less than the infinitely unlimited eternal life of Christ, God’s Word become flesh.

This means the debt is paid in full, for all sin, ever committed. God paid a huge price to pay your debt. You can be reconciled to him.

Eternal life is unlimited

If you take some life from eternal life, you still have eternal life, because eternal life is infinite and limitless. Like an ever renewing fountain of life, it will never drain nor be diminished.

This means that Christ’s eternal life and can benefit the whole of mankind.

Eternal life’s effect on Death

If someone with eternal life suffers death in their body and enters the grave, then death and the grave is destroyed and that eternal life continues to live, because eternal life is unbreakable and infinitely limitless.

Amazing Grace

Such an amazing reality is this: that Christ would pay our debt. Greater love has no man than this: that he lays his life down for his friends. But Jesus died for us while we were God’s enemies, so that we could become his friends.

Those who have received God’s forgiveness are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.

Turn to Jesus today. Follow Him. Find out more of what He did by reading the Bible.

Art and the Artist

If you looked at the Mona Lisa, you would think of Da’Vinci too. Why? Because he painted it… Simple.

Yet many people admire beaches, sunsets, sunrises, mountains, rock formations, and even other people, without so much as thinking of God who by his Creativity made all things. Beaches alone are more amazing than any painting could ever be. Why not consider God who made everything?

We paint things that God made first. That makes God’s works more original and incredible than all the painting of all the art galleries in the world.

It’s so sad that though God made us to enjoy what he made, yet we fail to consider Him or give him thanks for it. If we can give a humble human credit for a painting, why would people not give credit to God who made the artist. Why are we so ungrateful?

Let’s give thanks to God, and alway remember His works!