Cooking Up Life - Life on Mars?
Christian News, August 20, 2012
“Live From Mars – A One-Ton Rover Can Teach Us A Lot About the Red Planet – And the Blue One Too” is the title of the cover story of the August 20 Time. The weekly magazine says that “Curiosity will begin the search for the chemical building blocks of life on Mars.”
TIME mentions “a world that a few billion years ago was warm and fairly sloshing with water.” TIME says: “Mars was wet for at most a billion of its 4.5 billion years, but on the early Earth proved, that could be enough time to cook up life.” According to TIME, Gale Crater “located in the Southern Mariton hemisphere, is thought to be up to 3.8 billion years old. . .”
Far more than a century some commentators have claimed direct evidence of life on Mars. However, direct evidence has never been found. God says in his Word: “The heavens are telling how wonderful God is and the sky announces what His hands have made.” (Psalm 19:1).
“Live From Mars – A On-Tone Rover Can Teach Us A Lot About the Red Planet – And the Blue One Too” is the title of the cover story of the August 20 Time. The weekly magazine says that “Curiosity will begin the search for the chemical building blocks of life on Mars.”
TIME mentions “a world that a few billion years ago was warm and fairly sloshing with water.” TIME says: “Mars was wet for at most a billion of its 4.5 billion years, but on the early Earth proved, that could be enough time to cook up life.” According to TIME, Gale Crater “located in the Southern Mariton hemisphere, is thought to be up to 3.8 billion years old. . .” Far more than a century ago some commentators have claimed direct evidence of life on Mars. However, direct evidence has never been found. God says in his Word: “The heavens are telling how wonderful God is and the sky announces what His hands have made.” (Psalm 19:1).
God’s plan of salvation focuses upon planet Earth. According to the Bible, human life never existed anywhere on earth for some 6,000 or so years. Genesis says Adam was the first man. “The first man is made of the soil of the ground; the Second Man is from heaven.” (I Corinthians 14:47). The Bible teaches there is an innumerable host of angels in the heavens.
Here is an article which appeared in Christian News after CN published an article titled “Life on Mars?” More on Mars By Stephen Wiggins Daphne Berend writes objecting strenuously to my recent article, "Life On Mars?," wherein I maintained that this so-called discovery flows out of an evolutionary context. She supposes I reject science because I warn Christian News readers that the alleged discovery of life on Mars is based on presuppositions derived from the theory of evolution. This is not true. I appreciate the grand discoveries that the scientific method contributes to our society just as much as any person. Further, to imply that I believe science is incompatible with biblical revelation is also a misrepresentation. The problem is that my critic confuses true science with the false philosophy of scientism.
We currently live in a day and time when people generally possess mighty little respect for God's word. Even many professed Christians possess a proclivity to compromise the creation accounts to fit the evolutionary time scale. The final result is that whenever evolutionary "science" and the Bible conflict it is always the Bible that must give way to the latest scientific discovery. We are never told that "science" should correct its answers in light of the inspired Scriptures. Those enamored with scientism always give it precedence over God's word. Biblical interpretation succumbs to the most recent scientific data.
Daphne even tells us, "If my idea of God won't accommodate scientific discovery, perhaps my idea of God is too small" See. Here is an example of one who assumes that one's view of God is ultimately determined by science, not the Bible. It is as if God is told to move over for science is coming through. This is the kind of thinking that lays the foundation for the false and compromising philosophy of "theistic evolution" which seeks to harmonize the creation accounts in Scripture with the pseudo-science claims of organic evolution. It is idolatrous obeisance to the god of science.
Daphne further states that she has "no reason to think that a being who could create our universe couldn't put life in other places," such as Mars. But this statement ignores the primary point in my former article. My point was not what God "could" or could not do. Rather, I emphasized that the whole underlying premise of the alleged discovery concerning life on Mars by NASA scientists is based on the General Theory of Evolution. That is, that life arose from non-life purely by naturalistic chance, without any Divine intervention whatsoever. It is all part and parcel of the ongoing agenda atheistic scientists promote in order to validate macro-evolution as a scientific fact. It is an outright rejection of God.
The public is asked by NASA scientists to believe that Mars came into existence 4.5 billion years ago. Approximately a billion years later a living single-cell somehow originated from inorganic matter such as dirt and water. Then some 16 million years ago a giant asteroid slammed into Mars jarring loose a potato-sized meteorite which drifted through space for millions of years eventually gravitating to earth some 13,000 years ago. This rock lay in Antarctica for thousands of years until found by American scientists in 1984. Allegedly, within the rock there is chemical and fossil remains of living microscopic bacteria that lived on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.
There is not a single person who is the least familiar with evolutionary claims that will deny that this entire scenario which NASA scientists are asking us to accept is based on the evolutionary timetable; a time frame for which the biblical record simply does not allow. Every statement they make from the age of Mars to their theory of life arising from non-life by purely naturalistic chance is categorically based on the presupposition that organic evolution is an established fact of science.
God is not in the picture, never has been, and never will be as far as they are concerned. The tragedy in all this is that the religious community has seemingly swallowed it, hook, line, and sinker. Herein lies the reason why many are scrambling around doing some last minute Bible study so as to mold their biblical interpretation on the origins of life to harmonize with the most recent press conference announcements made by NASA scientists.
What we are desperately in need of in today's society is fewer people who are intimidated by the false claims of evolutionary science. Far too many have come to believe that the biblical accounts of creation and modern science are somehow opposed to each other. This is not true. True science and true religion never conflict with one another. They are completely harmonious. Rather, it is the false theories of some scientists and the false ideas of some religionists that are in conflict.
Discrepancies between the two are always the result of misinterpretation and misrepresentation of one or the other or both. Organic evolution is not a fact of science. It never has been. It never will be. The very question of life's origins falls outside the limits of the Physical Sciences. May every Bible believer muster the courage to un-ashamedly defend the creation accounts of God's biblical revelation while relinquishing any dependence upon the pseudo- scientific claims of evolutionary theories. Faithfulness to our Maker demands we do so.