A Question I Was Asked:

Could All Life Have Come From a Comet?

Could All Life Have Come From a Comet?
I just heard about this space probe which (we are told) was landed on the comet. I am somewhat amused by the whole thing. This undoubtedly cost the European Space Agency millions of pounds. I just heard it stated that information from this comet could start to explain how "life might have started" on this earth. It seems that some of these 'brilliant scientific minds' are beginning to believe that life did not start here at all but on a comet and that a particular comet's striking of this earth set up the 'ideal conditions' for life to start. Will these arrogant people ever learn?

UK Apologetics Reply:

I fear not. I have also heard that this barmy theory, first proposed several years ago, is making a comeback. So it is seriously suggested that a comet, a thick block of ice which has escaped into space at some point in the past and now gets hotter every time it passes near the sun, eventually leading to the often spectacular visual effects which can be observed from the earth, is where life on earth originated. It is a crazy idea beyond belief. Why did scientists come up with it? Because in all their laboratory experiments they cannot come up with the perfect formula for life to have started. They can't get the amino acids right. Why? Because they are not God; it needed a specific act of divine creation to produce life on this earth. It is very simple really. You would think that 'brilliant scientific minds' could grasp it.

The problem is, they deny creation. They think they don't need creation, that it is just about finding the right formulation of acids in the right place and - hey presto! - life will form. They have found that this just does not happen that way on this earth so - just maybe - it happened when a comet crashed into this planet. Maybe that just happened to produce the right balance of acids. It is desperation - far easier to believe what Genesis clearly states! The blind alley of mechanistic naturalism which modern science has followed does not allow them to even consider divine creation. How true it is that God has caused the 'wisdom' of this world to be foolish:

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." .... Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:18, 26-31).

Robin A. Brace. November 19th, 2014.