The Bible says that God is the source of all life.
After creating the earth, he commanded the plant and animal kinds to come forth. Then he formed Adam in a separate act of creation and breathed life into him.
Life Begets Life
The universe consists of energy, matter, space, and time. Each is inherently lifeless.
Living things could not have spontaneously emerged from these lifeless components. Non-life cannot procreate life. Only life produces new life.
God is a living being, not an abstract concept or an impersonal force. He has been alive forever. Therefore, he is the logical source of all other life.
That DNA inhabits every cellular organism indicates God is the source of life.
DNA is an instructional message that dictates how cells behave. This message is written in a special language, using a unique alphabet.
Nature does not randomly generate instructional messages. Alphabets and languages are not natural phenomena.
These things emanate from a mind that wants to convey specific information to intended recipients.
The instructions in DNA had to come from a mind. The logical author is God. DNA affirms his existence and role as creator.
Those who deny God’s existence or his role as creator must rely on alternate explanations for the origin of life on earth.
- Life spontaneously willed itself into existence out of nothing.
- The inert components of the universe inadvertently spawned life on earth through a series of random events.
- Life existed elsewhere in the universe, blew to earth on cosmic winds, and evolved mindlessly.
- Life existed in a parallel universe and appeared on earth through a time or space warp.
- Someone other than God created life on earth, i.e., aliens.
- The world is unreal. We live in a giant computer simulation created by aliens, i.e., a matrix.
Believing one of these six explanations requires more faith than believing God is the source of all life. The evidence supporting his existence is significantly greater than the evidence supporting the viability of these alternatives.
By their methodologies, scientists who create new organisms in laboratories indirectly affirm that God is the source of all life.
Their manual creations do not spontaneously will themselves into existence. They are not inadvertently spawned by inert matter. They do not blow into the lab through an open window. They do not suddenly appear through a time or space warp. They are not dropped off at the lab by aliens. They are not computer simulations.
Scientists use their knowledge and imagination to intentionally form new organisms, just like God did at creation. Unlike him, however, they create new life forms by modifying existing ones. God started from scratch.
Scientists know it would be futile to expect viable life forms to spontaneously emerge from an inert mix of raw ingredients, even if they selected suitable materials and placed them in an ideal environment.
The existence of life, in all its variations, evidences the existence of God and his role as our creator.
The origin of life has important implications.
If we are products of random chance, we come into the world without purpose. We have no objective value. Our significance is subjectively determined ad hoc by others. If this capricious appraisal ever deems us worthless, we become disposable.
However, if God is the source of life, he created us for a purpose. We have a divine destiny. Each of us is objectively significant and endowed with inherent dignity. Our lives are precious and worthy of preservation.
Read How God Relates To Other Scientific Creation Theories
God’s participation is implicit in the Big Bang and the evolution of plant and animal species within kinds. But humans are not products of evolution. God uniquely and directly created us. The Bible indicates that the earth could be either very old or relatively young. The Bible and science are harmonious.