Originally published June 22 2008
DNA: Toppling the Evolutionary 'Tree of Life'
by Richard Stossel
(NaturalNews) In 1953, a once impossible achievement was accomplished, that being the unraveling and understanding of the DNA molecule, also called deoxyribonucleic acid. Two scientists, James Watson and Francis Crick, accomplished what was thought to be impossible. The discovery of the double helix code hidden within all cells opened the floodgates for scientists to begin to study the code that is responsible for the very formation of all life itself.
DNA has a genetic language
Today, scientists are still trying to apply Darwin's 150 year-old theory of evolution postulated in the 19th century to today's 21st century understanding of DNA. As the code became better understood, what scientists found began to cause more questions than answers. What they found as an amazing language of over 3 billion genetic letters which is hailed as one of the most extraordinary discoveries of the 20th century. As Dr. Stephen Meyer says, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Wash., "was that DNA actually stores information -- the detailed instructions for assembling proteins -- in the form of a four-character digital code" (quoted by Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator, 2004, p. 224).
The amount of information in human DNA is roughly equivalent to 12 sets of The Encyclopedia Britannica, an amazing 384 volumes worth of detailed information that would fill 48 feet of library shelves! But the size of a DNA molecule is only two millionths of a millimeter thick. In order for there to be anything resembling a language it must meet the following criteria; an alphabet or coding system, correct spelling, grammar (a proper arrangement of the words), meaning (semantics) and an intended purpose. It has been discovered that DNA meets all of these requirements and in fact, it has all of the same properties as any computer code or language does.
Why is that significant? Because the only other codes that have been found to be true languages are those of human origin. While animals do communicate with their own type of communication systems, whether it is sonar, dancing bees, barking dogs or singing birds, none of them have the composition of a language and are only considered low level methods of communication, not true languages since they don't meet the necessary criteria to be such.
The only other languages that qaulify to be a language are human languages and artificial languages such as computer language and Morse codes, as well as the genetic code itself. There are no other forms of communication that have been found to have the basic characteristics of a language. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, said this; "DNA is like a software program, only much more complex than anything we have ever devised".
DNA language and DNA molecules, not the same
Recent studies in the field of information theory have yielded some pretty amazing findings. That information itself is different from matter and energy, which are both mediums for carrying information, but are not the information itself. If you look at any book the pages, ink, color, and binding are the medium for storing the information, but not the information itself. That is simply the transport medium for the information. George Williams said this: "The gene is a package of information, not an object. The pattern of base pairs in a DNA molecule specifies the gene. But the DNA molecule is the medium, it's not the message" (quoted by Johnson, p. 70).
Information requires intelligence
What this really means is that high level information only originates from an intelligent source. The information that builds and creates life itself is not disorganized at all and it's not simply orderly, as in a salt crystal for example, but it is specific and complex information that accomplishes an unbelievable task, the creation and building of biological machines that are over 100,000 years more technologically advanced than anything we have ever accomplished to date. The precision of this genetic language is so fantastic, that the average mistake that is not caught turns out to be one error per 10 billion letters. If a mistake is not caught in the code, then you get diseases such as sickle cell anemia for example. But not even the most accurate human being doing data entry or typing could even come close to this degree of accuracy, no even close.
What this comes down to is that to believe that the genetic code gradually evolved as Darwin claims would break all the known laws of energy, matter and nature. There has never been found anywhere in nature an information system within a cell gradually evolving into another functional information program. Scientists try to explain how evolution might work through mutations, but mutations do not give instructions to rebuild a new structure or organism as claimed. All a mutation can do is cause a misdirection or misapplication in a single sentence in a gene which can result is a defect of an existing structure, but not a new structure itself. The only explanation for this language is that it has been designed by an intelligence far greater than that of humans beings.
Evolution provides No answers
Even Francis Crick, one of the agnostic men who discovered the genetic code said near the end of his life, "an honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going" (Life Itself, 1981, p. 88, emphasis added). Even with all the scientists around the world working feverishly, not one has even been able to produce a single human hair, let alone a being of infinitely more complexity as a human is with over 100 trillion cells.
Another problem with evolution is "Where does the new information in the code come from to create a new organism?" Darwinian scientists try to counter these arguments by saying things like the genetic code already had all the information contained within it and that those codes were merely activated by the various forces such as cosmic rays for example that cause new organisms to form. That is merely a trigger, but again, where or how did the information get there in the first place and who or what created this language to begin with?
Darwinian evolution is still taught in schools as though it was fact, but more and more scientists are beginning to question it. Scientist and former atheist Patrick Glynn said, "As recently as 25 years ago a reasonable person weighting the purely scientific evidence on the issue would likely have come down on the side of skepticism in regards to a creator. That is no longer the case. Today the concrete data point strongly in the direction of the God Hypothesis. It is the simplest and most obvious solution..." (God: The Evidence, 1997 pp.54-55, 53)
Evolution tells us that through chance mutations and natural selection, living things evolve. Yet to evolve means to gradually change certain aspects of some living thing until it becomes another type of creature, and this can only be done by adding genetic information into the DNA itself. According to molecular biologist Michael Denton, "Each cell with genetic information, from bacteria to man, consists of artificial languages and their decoding systems, memory banks for information storage and retrieval, elegant control systems regulating the automated assembly of parts and components, error fail-safe and proof-reading devices utilized for quality control, assembly processes involving the principle of prefabrication and modular construction... [and a] capacity not equaled in any of our most advanced machines, for it would be capable of replicating its entire structure within a matter of a few hours" (Denton, p. 329).
How can all of the information required to create bacteria evolve into information from another type of being when all it takes to destroy the bacteria is one of a few mistakes in the millions of letters that make up the bacteria's DNA? Evolutionary scientists are as usual very silent on the subject; they don't have even a working theory of how this could possibly be. It actually takes far more faith to believe in evolution, then it does to believe in a supreme creative power and intellect in the universe. Lee Strobel writes: "The six feet of DNA coiled inside every one of our body's one hundred trillion cells contains a four-letter chemical alphabet that spells out precise assembly instructions for all the proteins from which our bodies are made... No hypothesis has come close to explaining how information got into biological matter by naturalistic means" (Strobel, p. 282).
Werner Gitt, professor of information systems, said this: "The basic flaw of all evolutionary views is the origin of the information in living beings. It has never been shown that a coding system and semantic information could originate by itself [through matter]... The information theorems predict that this will never be possible. A purely material origin of life is thus [ruled out]" (Gitt, p. 124).
Even with all the evidence covered so far about intelligent design of DNA, consider this. For DNA to be truly effective, it turns out that the perfect number of letters in the code has been calculated to be four letter, no more, no less. This is the number of letters that is mathematically calculated to be the most effective for DNA to function as it does. Turns out this is precisely what we find in the genes of all living creatures on planet Earth, four letters in their DNA code. Once again, Werner Gitt states: "The coding system used for living beings is optimal from an engineering standpoint. This fact strengthens the argument that it was a case of purposeful design rather than a [lucky] chance" (Gitt, p. 95).
The Bottom Line
The words of King David written thousands of years ago ring even truer in light of new revelations of today. "For You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought..." (Psalm 139:13-15, emphasis added). The agnostic scientist, Michael Denton concludes: "Ultimately the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century" (Denton, p. 358).
As I have taught many people, chi-gung, breathing and meditation can greatly increase our faith in the things that we can not now see or feel. This is done by learning to build up, cultivate and use our own spirit and that starts with learning to cultivate our chi. When you can feel, use and see the results that Chi-gung can bring into your life, when you can use your own chi to prevent and heal injuries, increase your own health, stamina and even heal others with enough time and training, then your faith in the things that you can't see are greatly increased and enhanced. So much so that it eventually becomes easy to believe in a supreme Spirit, creator and source for the very universe itself. When you learn to harness the power of the universe and it becomes a very real thing and force in your life, you now have proof through your own efforts and training that Chi and Spirit, things that can't be proven scientifically yet, are in fact very real and powerful.
Once you can use your own spirit and energy to do things, the stories contained in the bible and other religions of the world and the very belief in a Supreme Spirit Creator and Father take on a whole new meaning not possible otherwise. This is one of Chi-gung's greatest and most amazing benefits to me. Just as I have been able to show many skeptics the power of chi born from decades of martial arts, chi-gung training, meditation and more, it also helps to greatly increase my own faith in the very real and physical presence and existence of God Himself.
That doesn't mean that this is the goal of chi-gung, but if that is something that you are struggling with, then learning to cultivate, build up and use your own chi can and will greatly help you to believe in that unseen spirit world (The Yin world) and can indeed help you to believe that there can indeed be such a one as a supreme spirit intellect in the universe. Just as many formerly agnostic but thankfully honest scientists are now starting to see this same truth for themselves.
About the authorRichard is a network engineer and longtime practitioner of Chinese martial arts, medicine and chi-gung for over twenty six years. Having learned many Chinese health and healing arts from old world gung-fu and healing masters and practitioners, he has helped many people to overcome their health issues and achieve their fitness goals. Through diligent study and experience he has taken this knowledge even further over the years including reading scores of books on Chinese medicine, health, chi theory, science, physics, nutrition, supplements, meditation, martial arts, and many other subjects. Utilizing the web, health and fitness videos, newsletters, articles, teachings and lectures, Rich is passionate about spreading the true knowledge of health, healing, fitness and spiritual truths. I'm proud to be writing articles for NaturalNews.com You can read many articles, hear audio interviews, and learn more about the highly praised Chinese Health and Fitness video by visiting Chinese Health and Fitness.com
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