When that first cell evolved, what did it eat?

I never much got into “The Big Bang Theory” television show until near the end of its twelve-season run. Occasionally I would watch an episode or two, but never kept up with the plot. Over the last three years of my traveling, I began watching it on long overseas flights as it was one of the options. I saw the pilot episode only a few years ago.

You know how a theme song jingle gets stuck in your head? Sometimes you don’t hear the words clearly and you wonder what they are saying. One phrase from the Big Bang theme song kept confusing me. I thought it said, “The artichokes began to drool.” That could not be correct, so I looked up the lyrics. It actually says, “The autotrophs began to drool.” I guessed what that word might mean based on the word root meanings. Turns out I was correct. An autotroph is a self-feeding organism.

I have often asked evolutionists the question, “When that first cell evolved, what did it eat?” One person said, “I believed that it evolved without the need to eat.” (That would be an autotroph.) I followed through with, “All cells today need to get their energy from somewhere. Which cell is more fit to survive? One that needs to eat, or one that doesn’t need to eat.?” He said, “The one that doesn’t need to eat.” I said, “Then why would cells evolve that needed to eat if they were less likely to survive?” No answer.

This is where the autotrophs come in. Dictionary.com defines an autotroph as: “any organism capable of self-nourishment by using inorganic materials as source of nutrients and using photosynthesis or chemosynthesis as a source of energy, as most plants and certain bacteria and protists. For abiogenesis and evolution to be true, the very first cell that evolved would have to have been an autotroph. There is no other way. Did scientists actually observe that? Where they there to discover it? No. It’s not science. It just had to be, so they believe it by faith while calling it science.

This still begs the question. If the first cells were autotrophic and produced their own energy through photosynthesis, why would heterotrophic cells (organisms requiring organic compounds for their principal source of food) ever come into existence? They shouldn’t because they would be less likely to survive. At what point could there have been a “transition” through random mutations from auto- to heterotrophic cells? At some point, the cell would be neither; and therefore could not have survived. It must have been completely auto or hetero, not a combination. It couldn’t survive through intermediate stages, which is true in all cases of evolution. No organism could survive with a half leg, half flipper combination or half arm, half wing transition. It is impossible. No transitional fossil forms have ever been discovered, only assumed to exist. This leaves the questions unanswered.

Why does all this matter? That program was not a particularly religious program; however, it did sometimes poke fun at Sheldon’s religious mother. The underlying premise beneath the Big Bang, abiogenesis, and evolution is that they are all attempts to explain where mankind came from by purely mechanistic (scientific) means without needing a Creator (religious).

Media and entertainment constantly drill these concepts into our mind so that if anyone questions, they are made to look as ridiculous as the caricature of Sheldon’s mother. Unfortunately, many scientists caricature religious people that way although there are a large number of scientists who question Darwinism. They just can’t declare it openly, even in Christian universities, because they might lose their jobs.

The Bible, however, teaches that God created mankind as the pinnacle of His creation not so long ago, not after billions of years of trial and error. Colossians 1:16 teaches “all things were created by him, and for him,” including you and me. We are not some kind of cosmic accident that arose from the banging together of molecules billions of years after a huge explosion. We are each “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

The premise of the Big Bang theory (not just the program) is that everything is just one big accident caused by random chance. That is not science. It is philosophy. I don’t know how you feel about yourself, but I am no accident.

A quote from a recent video I watched stated: “I would rather have questions unanswered than answers unquestioned.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewJ6TI8ccAw)


Author: mikemcg58

Ordained Minister, author, and speaker available for pulpit supply, interim pastorates, and training conferences. I recently received my PhD and D. Div. degrees. I live in Odessa, TX

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