What or who was responsible for the-origin-of-life? What actually constitutes life, how and why did it originate, and what is its destiny?
Microbes In Water
Protozoa In Water
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Questions about The-Origin-Of-Life have vexed mankind ever since our cognizant minds were capable of abstract thought. To this day, despite all our knowledge, it still remains a mystery as to what actually constitutes Life, and how innate, lifeless matter came to be infused with life.
What is the life-force that leaves a body at the moment of death? These are the two contrasts: Life on the one hand and Death, the absence of Life, on the other!
It is of course easy to just accept that there is a life-force driving the living body, and that Death results when that life-force leaves the body. Our inquiring mind, however, when contemplating concepts such as the origin-of-life, wants to know more and seeks answers:
As you can see, when searching for the-origin-of-life we come up with more questions than answers! Let us examine them with a view to attempting to find and also determine what the implications are.
What is the ethereal essence that ignited the "spark" responsible for The-Origin-Of-Life that infuses the "life-forces" that govern the function of all living organisms?
If we Google the keyword “Life” we arrive at definitions that define Life as organisms capable of surviving independently and capable of reproducing themselves to ensure continual procreation of the species.
Such definitions however do not actual determine the-origin-of-life but only define the physical functioning of living organisms after their origins. They do not answer our question as to what initially actually triggered and then sustained and still sustains these functions!
At the instant of death “something” either departs from the body or just ceases to exist! The chemical makeup of the body remains exactly the same, but something is missing! It is this specific “something” that we call “Life”. But what is It?
Atheists claim that this "life force" is the result of natural spontaneous progression in the development and enhancement of matter – nothing more!
When searching for the essence of life, however, we must ascertain whether it is possibly more than just neurological impulses of the brain being channeled through the nervous systems, carrying instructions that govern the numerous functions of the multitude of our body systems.
The Christian views on the Origin of Life-And-Matter, along with those of Judaism and Islam, are based largely on the Creation account as related in Genesis 1&2 in The Bible. This is further expanded in the Gospel of John.
"In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with
God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone".
John 1:1-5 NLT.
To the Christian, the basics of The-Origin-Of-Life are that in the beginning God willed everything into existence out of Nothing! God broke the primordial silence by "speaking" Creation into existence.
God first formed matter. He then developed matter to the complexity to where it could support the first living organisms that He formed. From these He, over time, developed ever more diverse and complex living organisms such as plants, fish and animals. This process eventually culminating in the creation of Man as we exist today.
The lesson to be appreciated is that we were planned to exist, and that God our Creator had a reason for creating us! We are not here because of some Cosmic accident! In other words, there is enormous comfort to be drawn from knowing that we are wanted!
The problem within Christianity is not Who is responsible for the The-Origin-Of-Life. We all agree that God created Life! Sadly, however, deep differences arise in the interpretation as to How and When it happened. It is a pity that these differences often cause bitterness between people who should be amicable Brothers in Christ!
This all arises from individuals who, having conflicting views of reality, interpret Scripture through the lenses of their own particular paradigms, each believing they are interpreting the Word of God correctly and truthfully. In their own eyes this leaves no room for compromise.
These are the issues we hope to reconcile in this forum, utilizing all the knowledge and resources we currently have at our disposal. Our conviction remains that the Word of God (The Scriptures), and His Creation (Scientific Discovery), must be in harmony!
We will therefore explore the How and When of The-Origin-Of-Life on other relevant web pages.
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