Order out of Chaos?

Several years ago, my daughter, Ellie, spoke to me about some thought-provoking comments made by her high school Chemistry teacher. Right in the middle of his class he said something like, “The Big Bang doesn’t make sense. Evolution doesn’t make sense. You can’t get order out of chaos. If we threw a bunch of rocks into a room and created an explosion, we wouldn’t get a flat-screen TV. Humans can make televisions, but they haven’t managed to make one single cell of the human body.”

I’m happy that a teacher in a secular school felt free to say this in his Chemistry class. Will such comments be prohibited in the future as a violation of separation of church and state? It wouldn’t surprise me.

In May of 2010, we are told that famed geneticist J. Craig Venter and his team unveiled the first partially synthetic bacterium, known as “Mycoplasma laboratorium.” To do this, they used the genome from another bacteria, modified it, and then implanted the genome in an empty cell. After this, the cell “booted up and began cranking out copies of its modified self per the implanted genetic instructions” (http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/sciences-greatest-unsolved-mysteries-creating-life#slide-4).

As this article from Popular Mechanics points out, Venter “did not create life.” In order to “make” life, he first had to start with it. Again, he used part of the genome from another bacterium to create his own bacterium. Why don’t scientists try creating life from that which is not life? After all, isn’t this how they say life began? Why not start their experiments with the “bunch of rocks” mentioned in the Chemistry teacher’s illustration?

What if, however, scientists one day were able to create a living creature from non-organic substances in the laboratory? Well, this would only prove the age-old adage that “life begets life.” It would take a living, breathing being to do it! With respect to Venter’s synthetic organism, it’s estimated that it cost forty million dollars and two hundred man-years to produce (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycoplasma_laboratorium). That’s a whole lot of money and hours working in the laboratory to “create” just one bacterium using the genome of another bacterium!

Creating a living cell in the laboratory from non-living matter is far beyond human capability. Scientific studies of the least complex of all living organisms seem to suggest that they are composed of several hundred thousand to several million bits of information, all arranged in an orderly fashion.

As for me, I don’t have enough faith to believe that life could arise by chance somewhere in the universe. It would take Someone infinitely more intelligent than humans to get order and life out of a chaotic explosion of inorganic gases. Others may take me for a fool or a religious fanatic, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed” (1 Timothy 2:12). I prefer to hold onto my religion… and they are free to hold onto theirs.

“Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

–Jerry Falk