The Creator's Origin of Life - 17
The theory of evolution was popularized at a time when there was far less knowledge of the complexity which is now known to be in life on earth. At one time it was thought that plants drew the elements of their growth from the soil in the warmth of the sun. By the 18th century it was understood that sunlight was involved in the production of oxygen by the plant, and by 1845 that light energy from the sun is stored as chemical energy in products formed during photosynthesis.
The chemical equation which describes photosynthesis is a simple one. Water and carbon dioxide are on one side of the equation and sugar and oxygen are on the other. But the actual process of getting from one side of the equation to the other requires an entire family of complex biochemicals, including more than a dozen enzymes.
As in a multitude of other biological processes, the reactant materials will remain like the shy dancers on opposite sides of the dance floor and will refuse to interact chemically until a tailor-made enzyme enters to encourage them to close in with each other for a waltz.
The complex biochemicals in the plant which are associated with photosynthesis are produced from instructions in the plant DNA, which may be viewed as the software in the process. But, like the business software earlier mentioned, those coded instructions could not be utilized without the physical infrastructure to run them on.
In the one case, computers with their associated processor, memory, storage, etc., are the physical hardware to utilize the software. We have seen that the process of photosynthesis in land plants occurs in the leaves. Within each leaf are the various specialized components in which the photosynthetic biochemicals reside and react. It is not by one simple reaction in the leaves of the plant, but a series of two completely different processes which are co-ordinated to produce the oxygen and sugar. Within each chloroplast organelle of the leaf are:
A. the light capturing process which occurs within stacks of pancake shaped structures. One part, called photosystem II, accepts two different kinds of energy carrying biochemicals whose energy has been used in the “sugar factory” part of the chloroplast. The other solar reactor is called photosystem I which transfers energy which has been captured from sunlight to these energy carrying biochemicals, leaving them “charged” for use in the sugar factory section of the chloroplast. This recharging depends on the presence of the thousands-atom sized “molecular mill”, ATP synthase.
B. the “sugar factory” is where carbon dioxide is combined with a 5-carbon biochemical in a process called the Calvin Cycle. This multi-stage process proceeds like a chemical assembly line. Each stage, with the aid of a series of enzymes, adds increasing amounts of energy which come from the recharged energy carrying chemicals. The final product is the high energy sugar which is carried into the plant for conversion into starch, cellulose, etc.
Despite the unlikelihood of all this occurring by sheer chance, evolutionists and their fellow believers prefer to do without a personal Creator. Human nature seems to value liberty above all else - especially liberty from moral self-control. Events of the recent past have provided all that mankind has desired to encourage his rejection of an intelligent, loving Creator. That rejection is entirely irrational - as we hope to demonstrate in the series to follow, God willing.