Grand plan was behind formation of life

Jan. 8, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 7, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

When considering the theory of evolution, can it be considered a scientific fact, especially as to the beginning of life? Scientists claim a primordial mixture of certain elements with a catalyst started a chemical chain reaction producing single-cell life forms with a primitive form of DNA. Mutation of DNA then occurred, and eventually, all life evolved.

DNA contains encoded information, which directs cells to perform certain functions necessary to produce higher life forms. Mutation is a process that changes existing DNA codes. Mutation changes are random in nature, and results can be good, bad, neutral or destructive to an organism.

No scientists believe that primitive DNA contained all the necessary encoded information and other features necessary to produce fully developed life forms. Therefore, scientists had to rely on mutation to start the evolutionary process. It seems inconceivable that mutation alone could have changed DNA to such an extent as to complete its complex system. Also within the structure of DNA are complex networks of millions of on-off switches that tell our genes what to do and when. So are we to believe mutation created this feature? Did mutation make it possible for billions of amino acid molecules to perfectly link up to form the basic codes of all life? How was it possible for original cells and DNA to stay intact and survive the ravages of nature long enough for mutation to make necessary changes to continue evolution?

Other scientists claim fossil evidence is proof of evolution. If this is true, then there must have been a sizeable amount of fossil evidence of transitional life forms throughout evolutionary history. The problem is no transitional life from fossils has been conclusively identified among the tons of fossils found to date.

Scientists base their theory on results of "controlled" lab experiments and ignore whether their results could logically be replicated in an uncontrolled nature setting. Scientists use mutation as their "holy grail" to claim all life evolved solely because of changes made to DNA codes. My belief is there was a grand plan in establishing life beyond nature itself.

Allen J. Novosad, Edna



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