Death Programmed by Evolution or Design?
- Why death? That may seem like a silly question ... but is it really?
- Might have organisms just as easily evolved to live indefinitely?
Short Answer :
Life seems to come in a package that naturally includes death. Some of this has to do with the structure and components of cell chromosomes. Yet, there are remarkable repair systems, even the ability to regenerate lost parts in some organisms. The Bible speaks of human generations of up to 900 years, yet that span has diminished to some 100 years. And all generations lose members by various means of loss, such as by predation, fatal injuries, and certainly aging and natural death awaits all that remain. But did you ever ask why?
On a whim, we want you to exercise some thinking 'outside the box.' That is, we are being a bit unconventional here. We know that, but then no new thinking ever comes about by staying boxed in! The suggestion that death is normal or natural is not so obvious when Darwinian evolution simply suggests a brute system that has no design or intentions ends up with some type of product. Why is death programmed into a product that is the result of trial and error or chance events. Why not evolve organisms that keep on repairing themselves and perhaps generating new cells to replace older cells... or whatever. Yet old age afflicts those who make it past all other susceptible eventsas in becoming prey for some other organism on the food chain.
Consider This :
DRAFT - NOTE: When researched and written this article will give details about the 'programmed feature' in cells and life leading to death. Scientific evidence in this area is amazing. The whole strategy to birth, growth, survival, repair, regeneration (in some organisms), and then aging phases that lead to death. That life spans are relatively uniform within species indicates set timeframes. If there was exhibited vast ranges of ages when death occurred with in a species, then that might suggest evolution would simply produce organisms that would live indefinitely. Yet we are faced with the prospect that evolution lead to a trait that we see as death. There may be a number of theories out there on why organisms age and die, certainly plants that do this seasonally seems to fit climatic cycles and other environmental variables. But does the principle have to apply to all organisms, even those that are mobile and can escape factors like unfavorable environments, etc.
The WindowView drops many of the typical presumptions to take another look. What does scientific data tell us if we start without assumptions? And ... how contiguous is science information if examined along with scriptural perspectives provided by the Bible? The Bible is the only religious or holy book we know of that is in fact consistent with science. While not a textbook, the Scriptures are either contradictory or complementary to scientific perspectives. Have you looked at these perspectives? To see 'Science and Scripture in Harmony' is to reveal life, reality, and your future.
Writer / Editor: Dr. T. Peterson, Director, WindowView.org