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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
July 17, 2019
Thoughts on the Origin of Life
Some scientists have long been fascinated with the idea that they could create life in a test tube. If only they could find the right chemicals or bacteria and create the perfect environment, then life could emerge out of a test tube. So the search goes on to produce the perfect scenario for life to emerge, just like it did when life first appeared on the earth, so goes the thinking of some scientists. But that will not happen. Certainly, science can manipulate genetics and can clone bodies, but they must first have some form of life to work with.
In the story of creation in Genesis 1 and 2, God said a couple of things about His creation. The first thing was that the creation was good. The second is that each form of life was created according to its kind, so that when life is reproduced, the new life bears a resemblance or something of the image of the life from which it came. And the third thing is that when God created human beings, even after God formed the man from the dust of the ground, and had a perfect environment to sustain life, the man did not come to life until God Breathed life into him. Human life originated from the very breath of God.
God designed life so that life only comes from life. One of the strongest arguments for the existence of God, is that we are alive, and from everything that we know, and don’t just speculate about, there must be life for life to be reproduced. There must have been life that formed life on the earth.
The Bible says, that God created human beings in his image and likeness. That could mean a lot of things, but one thing it certainly does mean, is that human life didn’t mysteriously appear from the right combination of chemicals in a supercharged environment, but that it came from another source of life, and for Christians, we believe that source of life to be God, our creator whose image and likeness we bear.