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By Bill Flavell
If God created life on Earth, I think I know how he did it.
He started by making a simple, single-celled creature. His first shot at life were cells that didn’t even have a nucleus but they could utilise external sources of energy and could replicate. God tinkered with these cells for the next two billion years making hundreds of tiny improvements. During this time, one of the important ideas he had was to provide a mechanism for photosynthesis (obtaining energy from sunlight).
Then he had a brainwave. Reproduction would be much more efficient if the genetic material was enclosed in a membrane within the cell–he invented the nucleus.
He tinkered again for over 500 million years. During that time he created many different versions of his creatures but they were all being fundamentally similar. But one innovation would prove critical–he introduced sexual reproduction. This greatly increased diversity which made life more resilient and increased the rate at which life forms changed.
Four hundred million years later, he came up with the idea of combining several single-celled creatures to form one multi-celled creature. This was a very important idea–ultimately it allowed humans to exist. That’s probably why God took 3.3 billion years to figure out how to do it–he didn’t want to make any mistakes.
That innovation 800 million years ago was decisive. And it seemed to give God renewed creative energy. Diversity and complexity accelerated rapidly. He created animals with bi-lateral symmetry, legs, a central nervous system, a spine, a brain, eyes and more. This orgy of creation continued and just over a million years ago he came up with us, homo sapiens.
It all worked out in the end but it was a very inefficient process, probably more than 95% of the species God created were flops and became extinct. The process was a bit like a child with a chemistry set using trial and error to see what useful chemicals he could make.
It’s a pity the Bible didn’t describe the process like this. But it didn’t, it said God made all species in a single day. It’s hard to imagine how it could have been more wrong.
If the Bible had described it as I have, it would have been consistent with the mountain of evidence we’ve uncovered and we would probably all believe God is real by now. Instead, only the young, the undereducated and the delusional believe God is real, the rest of us rely on hard evidence to determine how life evolved.
And that shows the Bible to be a book of fiction and not of fact.
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