The First Living Cell
There are many reasons why life couldn’t have started accidentally. Today we’ll look at one of them.
Some atheistic evolutionists claim that zillions of years ago the first simple cell emerged from the primeval ooze – a kind of hot mud. They say that long ago, in some warm swamp, there was a mixture of amino acids – and other goodies – that after millions of years and some lightning flashes accidentally produced the first simple living cell.
It was miraculously able to
feed and reproduce all by itself!
There are many other theories, and recently some have claimed that life might have started in an undersea thermal vent. It seems that some folks are desperately allergic to the God concept!
But the atheistic evolutionists are dreaming, because unfortunately for them, we now know that there’s no such thing as a “simple” living cell.
When Charles Darwin first came up with a comprehensive theory of evolution about 150 years ago, he only had very basic microscopes that couldn’t really see very small things. They could only magnify up to about 100 times.
So Darwin thought that small cells were quite simple and could happen by chance.
But today we have super electron microscopes that can magnify over a million times and tell us much more about living cells.
The new science of molecular biology has shown that even the simplest of all living things on earth today, bacterial cells, are very, very complex objects.
There's no such thing as a simple living cell – in fact, even the most basic cells are so complex that there’s no way they could have happened by chance.
Michael Denton is an Australian molecular-biologist who used to work at the Otago University in Dunedin.
He’s not a Christian, but in his landmark book, "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis" he points out some of the many problems with evolutionary theory.
Here’s part of Michael Denton's description of a basic living cell:
"Each cell weighs only one millionth of a millionth of a gram.
Each cell is a micro-miniaturised factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of 100 thousand million atoms, much more complicated than any machine ever built by man.
To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometres in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York.
… On the surface of the cell we would see millions of openings like the portholes of a vast space ship, opening and closing to allow a continual stream of materials to flow in and out.
If we were to enter one of these openings we would find ourselves in a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity.
We would see endless highly organised corridors and conduits branching in every direction away from the perimeter of the cell, some leading to the central memory bank in the nucleus and others to assembly plants and processing units.
The nucleus itself would be a vast spherical chamber more than a kilometre in diameter, resembling a geodesic dome inside of which we would see, all neatly stacked together in ordered arrays, the miles of coiled chains of the DNA molecules.
A huge range of products and raw materials would shuttle along all the manifold conduits in a highly ordered fashion to and from all the various assembly plants in the outer regions of the cell.
We would see around us, in every direction we looked, all sorts of robot-like machines.
Even the simplest components of the cell, the protein molecules, are astonishingly complex pieces of molecular machinery, each one consisting of about 3,000 atoms arranged in a highly organised 3-D spatial conformation.”
This huge complexity of even the most basic living cell, coupled with the astonishing ability to feed and reproduce, means that there’s no way in which it could have happened by accident in a primeval swamp or in a thermal vent.
Another scientist, Stephen Meyer, has written a book called “Signature in the Cell” which compares most of the popular theories for the origin of life.
His conclusion is simple – and logically self-evident:
Life as we know it, could not have originated
without an Intelligent Designer.
Lindsay Smith, May 2018
Darwin never seriously confronted a crucial gap in his theory - the gap between asexual replication and sexual reproduction.
Natural selection could not have provided simultaneous on-time delivery of the first male/female pair from millions of sexually unique species required for evolution's bedrock premise of common descent.
Darwins Secret Sex Problem
from F. LaGard Smith is a witty, engaging, exploration of one of the greatest difficulties with evolutionary theory - its utter inability to explain the origin of sexual reproduction.
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