The Origin of Life
The most fundamental rule of life is the principle that "life comes
only from life." A life form can originate only from another 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 from lifelessness.
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
SPONTANEOUS GENERATION: A MEDIEVAL
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 ar-Rum: 19)