Mil­lions of tons of earth soil on Mars

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS -

A Newsweek ar­ti­cle of Sept. 21, 1998, page 12, men­tions the high pos­si­bil­ity of Earth life on Mars. “We think there’s about seven mil­lion tons of earth soil sit­ting on Mars,” says sci­en­tist and evo­lu­tion­ist Ken­neth Neal­son. “You have to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity that if we find life on Mars, it could have come from the Earth” (Wein­garten, T., Newsweek, Septem­ber 21, 1998, p.12).

In the Earth’s past there was pow­er­ful vol­canic ac­tiv­ity which could have eas­ily spewed dirt and rocks con­tain­ing mi­crobes and life into outer space which not only could have even­tu­ally reached Mars but also ended up trav­el­ing in or­bit through space that we now know as me­te­ors, comets and as­ter­oids. This would mean life forms found in me­te­orites orig­i­nated from Earth in the first place.

Sec­u­lar sci­en­tists have a dif­fer­ent ex­pla­na­tion from cre­ation­ist sci­en­tists on the vol­canic erup­tions of the Earth’s past. Cre­ation sci­en­tists be­lieve, as Ge­n­e­sis teaches, that as the foun­tains of the deep were opened to re­lease wa­ter for the world-wide flood the force of the erup­tions could have in­deed spewed great amounts of earth soil into space.

Life could not have evolved. A par­tially evolved cell would quickly dis­in­te­grate un­der the ef­fects of ran­dom forces of the en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially with­out the pro­tec­tion of a com­plete and fully func­tion­ing cell mem­brane. A par­tially evolved cell can­not wait mil­lions of years for chance to make it com­plete and liv­ing! In fact, it couldn’t have even reached the par­tially evolved state.

Hav­ing the right con­di­tions and raw ma­te­rial for life do not mean that life can orig­i­nate or arise by chance. Stan­ley Miller, in his fa­mous ex­per­i­ment in 1953, showed that in­di­vid­ual amino acids (the build­ing blocks of life) could come into ex­is­tence by chance. But, it’s not enough just to have amino acids. The var­i­ous amino acids that make up life must link to­gether in a pre­cise se­quence, just like the let­ters in a sen­tence, to form func­tion­ing pro­tein mol­e­cules. If they’re not in the right se­quence the pro­tein mol­e­cules won’t work. It has never been shown that var­i­ous amino acids can bind to­gether into a se­quence by chance to form pro­tein mol­e­cules. Even the sim­plest cell is made up of many mil­lions of var­i­ous pro­tein mol­e­cules.

The prob­a­bil­ity of just an av­er­age size pro­tein mol­e­cule aris­ing by chance is 10 to the 65th power. Math­e­ma­ti­cians have said any event in the uni­verse with odds of 10 to 50th power or greater is im­pos­si­ble! The late great Bri­tish sci­en­tist Sir Fred­er­ick Hoyle cal­cu­lated that the odds of even the sim­plest cell com­ing into ex­is­tence by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power! How large is this? Con­sider that the to­tal num­ber of atoms in our uni­verse is 10 to the 82nd power.

There is no in­nate chem­i­cal ten­dency for the var­i­ous amino acids to bond with one an­other in a se­quence. Any one amino acid can just as eas­ily bond with any other. The only rea­son at all for why the var­i­ous amino acids bond with one an­other in a pre­cise se­quence in the cells of our bod­ies is be­cause they’re di­rected to do so by an al­ready ex­ist­ing se­quence of mol­e­cules found in our ge­netic code.

Of course, once you have a com­plete and liv­ing cell then the ge­netic code and bi­o­log­i­cal ma­chin­ery ex­ist to direct the for­ma­tion of more cells, but how could life or the cell have nat­u­rally orig­i­nated when no di­rect­ing code and mech­a­nisms ex­isted in na­ture?

Babu G. Ran­ganathan has his bach­e­lor of arts de­gree with con­cen­tra­tions in Bi­ble and bi­ol­ogy and has been rec­og­nized for his writ­ings on re­li­gion and science in the 24th edi­tion of Mar­quis “Who’s Who in the East.”

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