Origin of Life

03 Aug

How did life on Earth begin? Many scientists believe it began more than 3 billion years ago through one of 7 theories (found HERE). Did it develop from some sort of primordial soup through some very fortunate but accidental chemical reactions? Was it brought here from elsewhere in space, but if so, how did it develop there? The bottom line is that no matter which theory we believe is true, the consensus is that life arose from non living material. In other words, science is still saying spontaneous generation or abiogenesis is correct, despite the results of experiments to the contrary.

In order for the theory of evolution to be true at all, one must at least have a logical postulation of how life began without the existence of a benevolent Creator-God. It would be ludicrous to agree that a benevolent Creator-God exists but deny he had the power to create all there is in existence today. After all, once we admit to a benevolent God, it is much easier to account for creation through him than to account for the complexities of creation through the Theory of Evolution. Therefore, the god, in which modern science believes, is the mindless, impersonal, pantheistic evolution god, who is all and produces all that exists today. But, from where does this understanding come? Has modern science come to this explanation through experiment or has it come from elsewhere, perhaps from ancient philosophy?

The Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus.  [from Google Images]

The Ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist’s opus.
[from Google Images]

An ancient symbol of the eternal principle where something is viewed as constantly re-creating itself is the Ouroboros or the serpent with its tail in its mouth. It is the supposition of a beginning and an end but cyclical and so eternal. The Greek Stoic philosophy mused of great ages in which men lived but which ended in disaster and began again perhaps with everyone living the same existence as before, repeating endlessly. The Hindu scriptures[1] are religious/philosophical literature, and speak of great cyclical ages in which life forms are reincarnated into one form or another depending upon one’s karma or accumulated good or evil done in one’s present life.

“Mosquitoes and gnats, lice, flies and maggots, and other species of this sort which originate from heat are born of sweat [moisture].” (Laws of Manu 1:45; brackets mine).[2]

Imagine, the science of the 17th and 18th centuries was no more advanced in regard to the origins of life than the ancient Hindu people were in 200 BCE, and the disproved theory of spontaneous regeneration, though reworded and modernized, is still basically the same in modern science today—life must come from non-living substances, something the ancient Hindu people believed and concerning such faith they wrote in their scriptures!

The Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva): is sometimes pictured as a circle (our present universe) within a triangle (the three principles) within a larger circle (eternity). To the religious they were gods, but to the philosophical they were principles.

  • Brahma – the creative principle
  • Vishnu – the preserving principle
  • Shiva – the destroying principle

It seems that the ancients had their own theory of the BIG BANG, and it can be found in, of all places, the ancient Hindu scriptures:

“He [i.e. Brahma, the creative principle] becomes the size of an atomic particle and …brings to life this whole universe.” (Laws of Manu 1:56-57)

“After hundreds of millions of years he [i.e. Brahman, the universe] split the egg into parts making heaven out of one and the earth out of the other.” (Vedas, c. 1400 BC)

“By Tapas [i.e. heat] the power of meditation, Brahman [i.e. the universe] attains expansion and then comes primeval matter …and from this comes life.” (Mundaka Upanishad 1:1)

These [i.e. creative processes] in succession acquire the attributes of the immediately preceding ones from which they have originated. Each has not only its own special attribute, but each succeeding one has the attributes of all the previous ones.” (Mahabharata, Mokshadharma Parva 8: 232:179)[3] – brackets mine throughout

Therefore, we find the ancients believed that universe was cyclical, that motion caused an atomic particle to appear, that this particle or egg would expand until it exploded (Big Bang), thus forming the universe and out of this there is an evolutionary progression from particles to philosophers; and process takes hundreds of millions (billions?) of years.

Interesting, don’t you think? Modern science, which has labored so long and so intently to show the universe has come into existence without a personal God, has merely parroted the dubious wisdom of an ancient religion in fulfillment of Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, but more about all this in future blogs.

[1] Rig Vedas (c. 1400 – 1000 BCE); Upanishads (c. 800 – 400 BCE); Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 BCE); Laws of Manu (c. 200 BCE); Mahabharata (c. 400 BCE – 100 CE)

[2] The theory of spontaneous generation in the ancient Hindu scriptures (cir. 200 BCE)!

[3] i.e. from the simple to the complex

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Posted by on August 3, 2013 in Hinduism, theory of evolution


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