Primordial Soup

It has been months since we posted, but our message and research still continues. Overall, we want to show that science and the Bible–scientists and Christians–should not be enemies, but allies.

Some of our next few posts will be based on the work of Fred Hoyle and his book The Intelligent Universe.

First, let’s reflect on his studies involving scientists’ theories on life producing spontaneously.

To be blunt, the idea that life formed spontaneous is extremely unlikely. Hoyle compares it to trying to solve a Rubik cube without any strategy, and blindfolded, for that matter. There is no way to know if you’re making any progress.

Hoyle wrote this book after Edwin Hubbell’s research proved that the universe had a beginning. People had previously believed the past was infinite. In an infinity, everything will happen by chance. But, since the universe has a beginning, there is only so much time for things to occur.

The production of proteins, for instance, evolving randomly have about the same odds as that of the person solving the Rubik cube. We use about 200,000 types of proteins in our cells. For that many structured proteins to produce randomly is highly unlikely. The creation of proteins is a complex system involving coded instructions from DNA, RNA being read by ribosomes, and other details.

Enzymes also come into play. There are about 2,000 of them, with basically the same structure across the living world. The chance of finding an enzyme and stringing together amino acids at random forming exactly the structure needed? Again, unlikely.

There’s a popular idea that life could have arisen spontaneously out of a primordial soup. Years ago, it was discovered that you could stir water, ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen cyanide with almost any form of intense energy, and some of the molecules reassemble themselves into amino acids.

Stanley Miller and Harold Urey arrived with these conclusions, and theorized from it that proteins could be formed randomly by natural means. But, it still has its gaps. The correct arrangements of the amino acids have not been produced by such a randomized method.

To think that specific enzymes and proteins could somehow “find” each other in an organic soup is a far stretch, and has never been proven.

To be fair, Hoyle didn’t exactly give God the credit for creation. He believed life was spread throughout the universe and was only seeded on Earth by comets.

But how was everything created? The following verse offers a Biblical explanation.

11 And God said, h“Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants5 yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Genesis 1:11-13


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