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This blog posting was written by Steve Risner and is used with his permission. Steve is a member of the Creation Moments group on Facebook. He wrote this as a letter to the editor of his local newspaper. We have broken up the letter into four parts and are posting it on successive days.
Abiogenesis is a fancy word that is used to describe what must have taken place for evolution to be true. What it means is chemicals that were not alive joined together spontaneously to become something alive. All experiments done to show this can happen have failed miserably. We can list them, but here’s the point: with design and intelligence, man cannot manufacture a single living thing from non-living chemicals. Over a century ago, Pasteur proved spontaneous generation does not happen and birthed the Law of Biogenesis which states living things come from living things. Some will contend that spontaneous generation is not the same thing as abiogenesis. They are clearly in essence the exact same thing. Evolution has held on to an idea that was debunked nearly one and a half centuries ago. After working hard for over 150 years, Darwinian evolution cannot even describe the process that would allow it to start. How can we trust it to describe what happens after that?
The Cambrian Explosion describes the abrupt appearance of life in the geologic column, the rock layers that everyone is so familiar with. The oldest rocks in the column that have fossils in them are the Cambrian rocks. They contain very large numbers of organisms – and below them, there is virtually nothing. Interestingly, those fossils found there are fully formed and complex. In other words, organisms with fully functional eyes, skeletal frames and many other complex and fully functional characteristics are documented without ancestors. The Cambrian Explosion shows that life on earth showed up very suddenly, fully formed and specialized.