As men fleshed out the theory of evolution, they realized that the only possible way for the molecular building blocks to initially form and chain together had to be in an atmosphere devoid of oxygen. Oxygen is a reducing agent and as such would reduce or break down any proteins as soon as they were formed.
However, that left them with another problem. How do you evolve life that requires oxygen to live in an oxygen free atmosphere?
Somehow, organisms had to suddenly evolve a way to produce oxygen. For the most part, they relied on the evolution of photosynthesis, which they have never been able to fully justify. In most photosynthesis, there are eight membrane bound proteins that are aligned in a specific order. The probability of each of these molecules to have evolved simultaneously and then to align themselves in perfect order is beyond reality, but believe it they must.
However, it would take way too long for these tiny organisms to produce enough oxygen and convert a toxic atmosphere to one conducive to life as we know it. They need some type of mechanism to have taken place that would have generated large amounts of oxygen; enough to counter the methane rich atmosphere they believe once existed.
Numerous studies have been conducted over the years to try to find evidence of just such an event. One recent study conducted by scientists in China and Korea believe they may have found molecular evidence for that event.
They studied protein folds and looked for what they believed to be molecular fossils that still reside within the proteins. They then calibrated these molecular fossils with microbial fossils from the geologic record in order to place them in their evolutionary time scheme.
Through their studies, they concluded that “primordial organisms discovered” an enzyme that converted hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. They surmised that the earth’s environment contained an abundance of hydrogen peroxide as a result of solar radiation that rained down upon an earth that was largely covered with glaciers at the time.
With the discovery of their new enzyme, these primordial organisms were able to convert huge amounts of hydrogen peroxide that was being released in glacial melts. The result was tons of fresh water and volumes of oxygen gas molecules released into the atmosphere, thus changing earth’s environment and setting the stage for animal life.
Or so the story goes.
But as I read the report on this study, I couldn’t help but notice how many presupposition beliefs were expressed in the article. They consisted of:
- There is a consensus from earth scientists…
- They generally agree…
- …the researchers believe…
- …oxygen production was probably going on…
- The researchers hypothesize…
- Some geochemists believe…
Their entire work is built upon a number of suppositions about what they believed happened in times past and that they also believed to have taken place.
- They believe in billions of years of evolution
- They believe in molecular and cellular evolution
- They believe in a toxic atmosphere devoid of oxygen
- They believe the earth at this critical point in time was covered with glaciers that contained vast amounts of hydrogen peroxide
- They believe that primitive organisms somehow evolved photosynthesis
- They believe that other primitive organisms discovered as enzyme that allowed them to convert the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen
- They believe that they can trace evolutionary history through the structure of molecules such as proteins and their folds.
Creationists have to rely on beliefs to explain how everything came to be, but our belief system is much easier and makes more sense, especially scientifically, than the belief in evolution. Our beliefs are:
- We believe that God created everything ex nihilo approximately 6,000 years ago as He told us in Genesis 1.
- We believe that when God created, He set all of the known physical laws into place that govern life, chemistry and physics as we know it.
You make the choice of which belief system you believe in and how we ended up with an oxygen rich atmosphere that is conducive for life.
Molecular ‘Culprit’ Linked To Rise Of Planetary Oxygen, Red Orbit, Jan. 11, 2012.
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