The Origin of Life
Evolutionists hold that living things spontaneously formed
themselves from inanimate matter. However, this is a medieval superstition
contradicting the main laws of biology.
For many people, the question of "whether men
descended from apes or not" springs to mind when Darwin's theory
is mentioned. Before coming to that, however, there are numerous
questions the evolutionary theory needs to answer. The first question
is how the first living organism appeared on earth.
Evolutionists answer this question by saying that the
first organism was a cell that emerged from inanimate matter by
chance. According to the theory, at a time when the earth consisted
of inanimate rocks, soil, gases and so on, a living organism formed
by chance through the effects of wind, rain, and lightning. This
evolutionary claim, however, is contrary to one of the most fundamental
rules of biology: Life comes only from life, which means that inanimate
matter cannot generate life.
The belief that inanimate matter can produce life is
actually a medieval superstition. According to this theory, called
"spontaneous generation", it was believed that mice sprang
naturally from wheat, or maggots arose "spontaneously"
from meat. At the time when Darwin put forward his theory, the belief
that microbes of their own accord formed themselves from inanimate
matter was also very common.
"MUD THAT COMES TO LIFE"
The scientific name of the picture on
the side is "Bathybius Haeckelii", that is, "Haeckel Mud".
Ernst Haeckel, an ardent proponent of the theory of evolution,
came to observe the mud dredged up by an exploratory vessel
and thought that it closely resembled some cells he had seen
under a microscope. Thus, he claimed that it is an inanimate
material that turns into a living organism. Haeckel and his
associate Darwin believed that life was simple enough to be
formed out of inanimate material. 20th century science demonstrated,
however, that life can never arise
The findings of the French biologist Louis Pasteur put an end to
this belief. As he put it: "The claim that inanimate matter
can originate life is buried in history for good."2
A MEDIEVAL SUPERSTITION
One of the superstitious beliefs held by
medieval people was that inanimate matter could spontaneously
give rise to life. It was believed, for instance, that frogs
and fish formed spontaneously from mud lying in riverbeds.
It was later revealed that this hypothesis, known as "spontaneous
generation", was simply a fallacy. However, though somewhat
later and with a slightly different scenario, this belief
was revived under the name of "the theory of evolution".
After Pasteur, evolutionists still maintained that the first living
cell formed by chance. However, all experiments and research carried
out throughout the 20th century ended in failure. The "chance"
formation of a living cell aside, it has not even been possible
to produce a living cell by a conscious process in the most advanced
laboratories of the world.
MYTH OF "CHEMICAL EVOLUTION"
Renowned evolutionist Alexander Oparin came up with the
idea of "chemical evolution" at the beginning of the 20th
century. This idea holds that the first living cell emerged
by chance through some chemical reactions that took place
in primordial earth conditions. However, no evolutionist,
including Oparin, was able to submit any evidence to support
the "chemical evolution" allegation. On the contrary, every
new discovery in the 20th century showed that life was too
complex to have originated by chance. Well-known evolutionist
Leslie Orgel makes this admission: "(Examining the structures
of DNA, RNA and proteins), one might have to conclude that
life could never, in fact, have originated by chemical means."4
Therefore, the question of how the first living organism
emerged puts the evolutionary claim into a quandary right at the
first step. One of the chief defenders of the theory of evolution
at the molecular level, Prof. Jeffrey Bada, makes this confession:
Today as we leave the twentieth century, we still face
the biggest unsolved problem that we had when we entered the twentieth
century: How did life originate on Earth?3
While invalidating the theory of evolution, the
law "life comes from life" also shows that the first life
on earth came again from life, which means that it was created by
God. He is the only One Who can give life to inanimate matter. In
the words of the Qur'an, "It is He Who brings out the living
from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living." (Surat
2- Sidney Fox, Klaus Dose. Molecular
Evolution and The Origin of Life. New York: Marcel Dekker, 1977. p.
3- Jeffrey Bada, "Origins", Earth, February 1998,
4- Leslie E. Orgel, "The Origin of Life on Earth",
Scientific American, Vol 271, October 1994, p. 78