Scientists wonder, “Does life exist on Mars?” But no one asks the question: “Does life exist on Earth?”
We accept the existence of life as an indisputable fact because we personally experience life both within us and all around us. However, no one can see or touch life. True, we can see and touch living things, but life, itself, is invisible. We see the results of life — what life produces — but we don’t see life itself.
When a living creature dies, we know that life is gone, but we cannot find anything material missing from the creature. Therefore, whatever life is, it is non-material.
Some people may suggest that life is merely mechanical, a machine like functioning of a material, fleshly body. However, if the remains of a human being could be made to mechanically bend its legs and waddle along upright, no one would suggest that the person’s life had returned to his body. Therefore, life is much more than a mere mechanism made of matter.
Common sense reveals life to be non-material and invisible. So how is it possible (as some people insist) that something non-material could be produced by matter “evolving” over billions of years? How could something intangible and invisible come from collapsed atoms and a big bang? (And where did those theoretical ancient compacted atoms come from?)
The truth is, nobody can scientifically explain the origin of life. Science studies matter. Life is immaterial. Therefore science can offer nothing but time and chance as its “explanation” of the origin of life. Science clothes the most nieve idea, “It just happened on its on,” into high sounding terms and theories and pontifically pronounces that life developed by itself from some kind of sludge 100 billion (or whatever number they choose) years ago.
Meanwhile, the smallest child knows that crushing a butterfly destroys something far more that a little bit of matter. Who is wise among us?