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MAKING LIFE IN THE LAB

Commentary by Roger Oakland
Understand The Times International: Roger Oakland Ministries
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During the dark ages people believed non-life could become life spontaneously. They foolishly believed that garbage turned into maggots, flies and rats. Of course this was proven false when Francesco Redi performed his famous experiment. He covered over some garbage with a very fine gauged screen, separating the flies and rats from the garbage. Redi’s simple experiment proved life could not arise from non-life, spontaneously.

Later in history, Darwin and other evolutionary biologists revised Redi’s law by stating life originated spontaneously in the distant past. These scientists believed billions of years ago, in some unknown place, in some unknown way, non-living molecules assembled by chance to form the first cell. Of course this has never been duplicated in the lab. It is important to note that in spite of the lack of documentation, scientists who believe in evolution still have the faith to believe it happened.

In April of 2004 an interesting article appeared in the Orange County register. When I read the headline, I couldn’t believe my eyes - “Scientists nearly ready to create artificial life.” [1] If anyone had overlooked the significance of the headline, then the first paragraph of the article would certainly have provoked an alarm. This is what it stated:

More than 3.5 billion years after nature transformed non-living matter into living things, populating earth with a cornucopia of animals and plants, scientists say they are finally ready to try their hand at creating life. If they succeed, humanity will enter a new age of “living technology” harnessing the power of life to spontaneously adapt to complex situations that currently defy modern engineering abilities. [2]

Now, if this sounds like something out of a Frankenstein movie, let me remind you, I am quoting from an article that makes reference to current plans conjured up by scientists who live in the 21st century. The author of the article, Ronald Kotulak noted however that there are some who have concerns. He stated: “While some experts see this new technology as providing unlimited benefits, others worry about the moral appropriateness of man-made life and the introduction of new species.” [3] 

Or listen to what a researcher from Los Alamos National Laboratory had to say: “It’s certainly true that we are tinkering with something very powerful here. The more powerful the technology you unleash, the more careful you have to be.” [4]

Do you place your faith and trust in scientists who are attempting to play the role of God. I don’t. In fact I am willing to make a prediction. If evolutionary scientists continue down this road by formulating new kinds of life there will be consequences. In the book of Revelation chapter 16 verse 17 we read, “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Perhaps that time may be very soon.

 


 

[1]  Ronald Kotulak, “Scientists nearly ready to create artificial life,” Orange County Register, April 10, 2004, p. 22

[2]  Ibid.

[3]  Ibid

[4]  Ibid.


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