I just finished reading a tragic article by scientist Bob Berman on the origin of life. Here, in part, is what he wrote:
Fred Hoyle, who coined the term "Big Bang," described an accidental birth of life as akin to a tornado sweeping through a junkyard and creating a jumbo jet. Supporting this, Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA's double helix, described the origin of life as "almost a miracle..."
Of course, this assumes abiogenesis only happens accidentally. But what if advanced aliens are creating life, or if nature has immense innate intelligence? I just saw an amazing nature documentary called Flying Monsters 3D by David Attenborough, showing the first flying creatures from millions of years ago. The earliest bird wings had the same shape as modern aircraft...It's hard to see how evolution could have created it...Some 400,000 cells would all have to simultaneously mutate in just the right way to create a properly shaped wing. This defies an evolutionary hypothesis.
Occam's razor might suggest some baked-in, overarching intelligence. I'm not invoking spirituality, merely that the effect of random collisions and mutations is not always a workable answer. So perhaps nature is inherently smart. We cannot visually see this intelligence, just as we cannot see electrical fields; and yes, this is a minority viewpoint. But if true, then the sky's the limit for ET's.
So Berman accepts that getting life from non-life through natural processes is about as likely as getting a jetliner from swirling tornado debris. And, he accepts that some features of living beings, like the wings of a bird, also cannot be explained through natural processes. Moreover, he admits that some aspects of reality are beyond the ability of our five senses to detect, like electrical fields. Berman's conclusion? Life on earth may have come from "aliens," or from an "inherently intelligent" universe--but "not...spirituality."
Given all that he said, why categorically reject the idea that life could have come from God? Why are aliens (whose origins would also need to be explained) or an "inherently intelligent" universe (which makes even less sense, because it would mean that the universe was alive before life existed) be acceptable explanations, but not God?
Theologically, we know the answer. Romans 1:18-22a: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools..."
At 3:00 this afternoon I officiated at the wedding of our church members Everett Lanphar and Katherine Fouty. A reception followed at the beautifully-decorated Ivy Barn in Marshall. A special thanks to Calvary Baptist Church of Battle Creek for allowing us to use their larger facilities for the wedding event!