If No Abiogenesis, Then What?

Addressing Abiogenesis & Common Misconceptions

Follow the Science, follow the evidence, Intelligent Design.

So far it has been shown that science and scientists have concluded that abiogenesis is an invalid argument for the origin of first life.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein (2)

Key Highlights

  1. From logic, chemistry and biology the evidence for Intelligent Design is a viable argument for the origin of first life.
  2. Charles Lyell (4)wrote a book titled, "Principles of Geology: being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface by references to causes now in operation". If we want to know things of the past were like, look at what is in existence now.  This is called, Inference to the best explanation.
  3. The Kalam Cosmological argument for the existence for a finite universe.
  4. According to the Kalam Cosmological argument the universe was created by a "cause".
  5. The Bible contains numerous passages which support a created universe, earth and all life.

"Think outside the room"

Many origin of life scientists believe in a materialistic world. They believe that in some way, some time and somehow they will find a materialistic answer to the origin of life. If we cannot find the origin of life from within the box (materialistic world view), then we probably need to step outside the box to determine the cause of first life. For scientists, nothing supernatural exists outside the box.

​Jim Warner Wallace is a cold case detective from Los Angeles who has appeared on TV talking about solving 20-year-old murder cases. When assessing the murder scene Jim tries to solve the case by "staying in the room".  Can the dead body and what's in the room provide an answer why the dead body is there. Maybe the person simply had a heart attack, maybe it was a self-infected gun shot, maybe someone shot the person. If it was a heart attack, there would be no gun. If it was suicide, there could be a gun, rope or bottle of pills. If the person was shot but no gun, then somebody probably shot the person in which case there probably is not a gun present. No bloody footprints in the room? At this point he starts looking outside the room, in another area of the house or outside the house. Jim's question is, "can I stay in the room". If not, it is time to step outside of the room.

Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design is the theory that life, or the universe, cannot have arisen by chance and was designed and created by some intelligent entity (Bing.com). There is an assumption that abiogenesis is true, but the science has shown abiogenesis is false. Intelligent Design is not based on the Bible but on chemistry, biology, physics and logic.

Well, to be honest with you, Ron, it's because Darwinism is morally comfortable... I mean if Darwinism is true, if there is not God and we all evolved from slimy green algae, then I can sleep with whomever I want. In Darwinism, there's no moral accountability. From I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Turek and Geisler.

The protein Enigma

DNA makes proteins, but proteins make DNA, and enzymes make enzymes, but enzymes make proteins.

What is the answer to this mystery? Which came first? We can't brush this problem aside; we must answer it to determine the origin of first life. At the present time science cannot answer this question and many other questions.

"The improbability of forming one functional protein of 150 amino acids is 10 to the 164th power. The number of elemental particles in the universe is 10 to the 90th power." Stephen Meyer

"My study of historical scientific reasoning and origin-of-life research suggested to me that it was possible to formulate a rigorous scientific case for intelligent design as an inference to the best explanation, specifically, as a best explanation for the origin of biological information ,,, Further, the functionally specified information in the cell also points to intelligent design as the best explanation for the ultimate origin of biological information. Why? Experience shows that large amounts of such information (especially codes and languages) invariably originate from an intelligent source—from a mind or a personal agent ...

it occurred to me that by Lyell’s and Darwin’s own rule of reasoning and test of a sound scientific explanation, intelligent design must qualify as the currently best scientific explanation for the origin of biological information." Stephen Meyer 2009

During the last fifty years, every naturalistic model proposed has failed to explain the origin of the functionally specified genetic information required to build a living cell (Thaxton, Bradley and Olsen 1984, 42-172).

"the discovery of the functionally specified digital information in the DNA molecule provides strong grounds for inferring that intelligence played a role in the origin of DNA." Stephen Meyer 2009

​If the origin of life was NOT abiogenesis, life from nonlife, where did life come from?

the information in DNA provides "evidence for intelligent purpose in the cosmos, or design" and suggests that "the natural theological question should now by reopened by the philosophers.,"

Dean Kenyon, Dallas, 1985

"The creation of new information is habitually associated with conscious activity"

Henry Quastler

​In order to answer the question of abiogenesis, we must consider that the present is the key to the past. Charles Lyell wrote a book titled, "Principles of Geology: being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface by references to causes now in operation". If we want to know things of the past were like, look at what is in existence now.  This is called, Inference to the best explanation.

​Early cells contained DNA, information. We now know that information comes from a mind. If a mind creates information now, then a mind created information for the first cell.

Abiogenesis Is the Nail In the Coffin of Evolution

​Before answering this question, we must begin with the beginning of the universe. Why? Almost all scientists support the “big bang” theory. There was an infinitesimally dense “singularity” and at some point it exploded into what we now know as the universe, the Big Bang. What was before the big bang? Nothing. Aristotle said nothing is what rocks dream of. Nothing is really no-thing. It is not a thing. At the moment of the big bang time, space and matter came into existence. Therefore, there can not be a ‘before’ before the big bang because time did not exist. Whatever created time, space and matter had to be outside time, spaceless and immaterial. What do we think about when considering something outside of time, spaceless and immaterial? “It” also had to be immensely powerful, knowledgeable and personal (because it ‘chose’ to create). We could think of God?

Years ago, a line from the song Nothing from Nothing is, “Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'” Sounds like good math. "Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could" is a line from a song in "Sound of Music” sung by Julie Andrews. Rogers and Hammerstein, music and lyrics.

Is it evolution that puts the nails of unbelief in the coffin of the Christian belief in God? The atheist believes this is true. In reality it is abiogenesis that puts the nail in the coffin of evolution. There cannot be evolution until there is first life, a cell.

​The most we can say with confidence at this stage is that physics and chemistry has so far found no confirmed instances of something arising from nothing. What existed before the Big Bang? Nothing. No gases such as hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen.

How do we know what “it” was? Why bring God into a discussion of science?

There are several logical arguments (different names, same meaning) for what caused the universe:

  • Cosmological Argument
  • Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • Causality Argument

​The three of them say the same thing. The logical argument goes like this:

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause
  2. The universe began to exist
  3. Therefore, the universe had a cause

Logical so far. But, who/what created God? Notice the first premise, everything that begins to exist has a cause. God did not begin to exist. Because then God would need to have a creator. And there cannot be an infinite number of regresses.

Your wallet had a cause. There are three reasons your wallet exits:

  1. It has always existed
  2. It created itself
  3. Someone created it

Which of these is most logical? Number 3.

So it is with the universe:

  1. The universe has always existed? This violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics because the universe would be run down by now. Logically it could not be eternal because today would never have arrived. Think about this, by now you would have never been born because there would always be one more day before you were born.
  2. The universe created itself? Nothing cannot make anything.
  3. Someone/something created the universe? Something outside time, space and matter and immensely powerful to create the universe.

​What are the chances that our universe was created by chance? Is our destiny a chance thing? Not a chance! Chance is not a cause.

​How do we know this cause was the Christian God? Good question. The Bible says Jesus “spoke the world into existence".

If not the Christian God, then who/what:

  • Buddha
  • Allah
  • New Age
  • Scientism
  • Hara Krishna
  • Brahma

Now that we have a universe that was caused, we will examine first life. We know the impossibility of enough time of the universe to get two chemicals to bond, to bond with two other chemicals, to bond to make a molecule, or form a cell membrane, to make DNA from protein and protein from DNA, and to make mitochondria to fuel the cell and tubules to transport materials within the cell, carbohydrates to bond to four nucleotide bases (A,T,C,G) to make DNA, etc.

"the primeval soup paradigm is self-deception based on the ideology of its champions" ...The belief in the primeval soup is an act of 'faith"


Francis Crick supports an old theory that space aliens transported spores, a process called panspermia, to earth. What length are ‘scientists’ willing to go to support their theories. But there is still the question, when and where did the aliens come from? Scientists in the U.K. have examined a tiny metal circular object and are suggesting it might be a micro-organism deliberately sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth. Other scientists think that spores were on meteorites that traveled billions of miles in space.

How far and to what extreme are scientists willing to go with their personal bias to explain life on Earth?

​Logically, what makes the most sense for the creation of life?

“People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof

but on the basis of what they find attractive.” Blaise Pascal

The main reason creation is ridiculed by many scientists is because of their naturalist view of the world. Intelligent Design is treated as "unscientific". It has already been shown that Intelligent Design uses physics, chemistry, biology and logic to present its case.  The real question is, is creation science true or not true. The Law of Noncontradiction (a law of logic) states that two truth statements that are in opposition cannot both be true at the same time and same circumstance. Therefore, either creation science is true, or it is not true. This is the either, or logic, either it is true, or it is false.

Science when properly understood supports belief in God

Creation Bible verses

God’s creation of the universe was accomplished by his word (Gk. rhēma). So that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible is consistent with the doctrine of creation ex nihilo (Latin, “from nothing”), but is not itself a full statement about this reality. It does, however, seem to correct Greco-Roman notions about eternally existing matter. The idea that God created the visible universe out of some other kind of invisible matter is not in the author’s mind; rather, he is saying that God did not make the universe out of any preexisting matter as humans know it, which is close to saying that he made it “out of nothing.” ​​

  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
  • For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
  • For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36
  • By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6
  • For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
  • By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3
  • He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
  • All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:3
  • the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17


  1. Aristotle. Bing
  2. Bing.com. 
  3. Einstein, Albert. Einstein Quote About Religion and Science Was Wrong, Misinterpreted | The New Republic.
  4. Kenyon, Dean. Dallas, Texas 1985.
  5. Lyal, Charles. Principles of geology: being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface, by reference to causes now in operation. 1830.
  6. Meyer, Stephen C. Darwin’s Doubt and the Case for Intelligent Design. 2015.
  7. Pascal, Blaise. Bing.
  8. Quastler, Henry. The Emergence of Biological Organization (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), 16.
  9. Thaxton, Bradley and Olsen. The Mystery of Life's Origin, 1984, 42-172.
  10. Turek, Frank and Geisler, Norman. I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.
  11. Yockey, H. ibid. p. 335; see quotable quote: Primeval soup - failed pardine.

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