Life: Random Accident or Intricate Design?

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Life: Random Accident or Intricate Design?

Is life just a product of random, undirected chance?  While some would say yes, the more we learn about even the simplest living things, the harder that is to believe.  Let’s consider the evidence of the design of life.


The Source of Messages

Imagine you’re a teenager and you walk into the empty kitchen one morning.  There on the table is a box of Alpha-Bits cereal laying on it’s side and on the place mat, spelled in the alphabet-shaped cereal pieces, it says…

take out the garbage

Now your first thought might be that your mom has left you a message, but then you remember a recent high school biology lesson.  There you learned that life itself was merely a result of mindless, natural forces.  If that’s the case, why couldn’t the message on the table also be the result of mindless natural forces?  Maybe the cat knocked the box over.  You didn’t want to take the garbage out anyway.

But no matter how much you may want to deny it, you know that messages only come from intelligence.  Random natural forces never create messages.  If you’re walking down the beach and see a message written in the sand, you know it wasn’t just caused by the waves.  Messages only come from intelligent beings.

Yet attributing those messages to the cat or the waves is consistent with evolutionary theory attributing life to mindless natural forces.  Naturalistic biologists say that life began spontaneously from nonliving chemicals by natural forces without any intelligent intervention.  That might have seemed believable to a 19th century scientist who didn’t have the ability to see the amazing complexity of a single cell, but the more we learn that becomes harder and harder to believe.

The Message of DNA

You see, the simplest form of life is far from simple.  This became very clear in 1953 when DNA was discovered.  DNA is the chemical that encodes the instructions for building and replicating all living things.  It has a helical structure that looks like a twisted ladder.  The sides of the ladder are formed by alternating deoxyribose and phosphate molecules, and the rungs of the ladder consist of a specific order of four nitrogen bases.  The nitrogen bases are adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine, which are commonly represented by the letters A, T, C, and G.

dna alphabet

These letters make up what is known as the four-letter genetic alphabet.  This alphabet is just like the English alphabet is it’s ability to communicate a message.  It just has four letters instead of twenty-six.  Just as the specific order of letters in this blog post communicate a specific message, so the specific order of A,T, C and G in DNA communicate the unique genetic make up of that living entity.

So how complicated are the messages in DNA?  Darwinist Richard Dawkins, professor of zoology at Oxford University, admits that the message found in just the cell nucleus of a tiny amoeba is is more than all thirty volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica combined, and the entire amoeba has as much information in it’s DNA as 1,000 sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica!

The Bottom Line

Here’s the question – If the simple message “Take the garbage out, Mom” requires an intelligent being as it’s source, doesn’t a message as long as 1,000 complete sets of encyclopedias require an intelligent being as it’s source?  Could it have come about by mindless natural forces?  Was life a random accident or an intricate design created by an intelligent creator?

My mind tells me this message came from a mind far more intelligent than mine.

Sources: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

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