Out of all the questions a person could ask, the origin of life is not only one of the most difficult to fully explore, it is also one of the hardest to define.  Although biologists might be able to study life in the present, there is no honest scientist that can aptly define what life truly is.  Life is more than biological and chemical pieces put in the correct order.  Life is more than animation.  Life is not the same as a computer and life is definitely not a robot.  Interestingly the Bible does not tiptoe around the subject or definition of life. In the book of John, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.”  John 1:1-4  (Emphasis mine)

Question 1: Where did life come from?  How you answer this question will reveal both your belief about mankind- past, present and future, as well as where your belief system is derived from.  This article will also attempt to briefly explore an even more important question- What is life? 

Many might answer Question 1 something like this- “Life originated through the mechanism many call evolution.”   

A simple response:  We can reason over whether or not life has evolved over long periods of time, but before debating the details of ‘molecules-to-man’ evolution, let’s simply examine the logic which lays before us.  First, let us say we can be certain where life did not come from- three basic points:  First, the immense heat from the explosion of a ‘Big Bang’ would have absolutely sterilized, i.e. “pasturized”, all potential life, rendering any such possibility of life impossible.  Secondly, even if, over time, matter was formed in its three basic states, there is no possible way to produce life from non-life.  The Law of Biogenesis correctly states that life can never come from non-life.  The amount of time we add to the story, whether thousands or billions of years, is irrelevant.  Life cannot, cannot come from non-life.  Evolution’s story of life is not only discredited scientifically, it is also a mathematical impossibility.  The odds of the basic enzymes of life randomly being put together are 1/1 to the 40,000th power.  That’s 1 chance in 1 with 40,000 zeros after it.  Now keep in mind these are the odds of the basic enzymes being put together, not life itself.  These odds don’t mean the chance of this is difficult, it means it is absolutely impossible.  (Follow up article: God’s Word or Evolution– The Berean Call) 

So evolution as the answer of the origin of life is rendered impossible by simple logic, science, and math.  Okay, so if evolution isn’t the answer, then what is?  How did life arrive on planet Earth? 

Others might answer Question 1 by crediting supposed extraterrestrials.  Did aliens plant life here?   

Response: Logically, crediting aliens with ‘seeding’ life on our planet only pushes back the problem. One must only ask, “Where did the aliens get life?” to show the never-ending dilemma of this idea. This belief does not answer the question.  It only redirects it. 

If not evolution and not aliens, then what? 

My answer to Question 1: 

Perhaps we should move beyond asking “what”, and begin asking Who.  We know scientifically and logically that life can only come from life, so let us for a moment make a rational step of faith in assuming there is an all-powerful one who is fully and eternally alive without dependence upon creation, someone who cannot be subjected to the intruder we call “death”; someone outside of this universe.  “Well,” argues the skeptic.  “Are you saying you really believe that an eternal being created life?”  Listen, we are left with only one of two choices:  either, matter came from nothing, eventually forming life against all logical, scientific, and mathematical laws, or an eternal, all-powerful Creator created life.  These are the only two choices before us. 

Life comes from life.  Earlier we read in John 1 that life is actually defined and revealed in its Creator, Jesus Christ.  “In Him is life…” John 1:4.  Here we discover that the reality of life is far beyond mankind.  Jesus defines ultimate life as the Author of Life- God Himself, who is revealed in His Word- The Bible.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father, but by Me.”  Jesus is not just alive, He is Life.  An interesting sidenote: When examining the history of an evolutionary worldview, almost two-thirds of the 10 billion years are absent of any life at all.  And the life of mankind is a mere speck in the evolutionary saga.  How ironic that in the story of evolution death is celebrated as the agent of change. Yet according to the Bible, death is the last enemy of God and the Life of Christ is the eternal ‘agent’ of victory and power, daily changing those who have received His forgiveness by His Word and Power.

Conclusion: Life could not originate from nonliving matter,  no matter how much time is added to the story.  The mathematical probability reveals the impossible task staring every evolutionist in the face.  However to stop there would leave us groping for answers in the dark.  The true answer of the origin of life is found only as we search not in creation, but the Word of the Creator Himself – The LORD God Almighty!  Jesus Christ is the Author of Life.  It is only by His power that life could originate, and it is only by His Power that life can be regenerated.  “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead…For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2