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According to the biblical creation account, the first life did not originate in water and also did not evolve; the first life forms were created on land.
Evolution: According to this scheme, life could only have originated in water (primeval soup); furthermore, a certain depth of water was required to absorb the lethal ultraviolet rays. After multi-cellular organisms had developed, an incomprehensible jump by life-forms from water to dry land occurred at some unknown moment.
Scientific Objections: This supposed transition from an aquatic way of life to life on land entails a number of problems that must be resolved in one single animal—and not during successive generations—to enable it to continue living under the new conditions. Some of these problems are discussed now:
Consequently, K. Hansen states the following requirements [H1, p. 29]: “The organisms must therefore reach a higher developmental level in the water before they could venture on to dry land.” This is an impossibility for evolution. How could any organism have so many fundamental changes at its disposal to be able to survive the transition from water to dry land? G. Osche, an evolutionary biologist, acknowledges this problem when he concedes [O1, p. 58]: “During certain evolutionary phases, living organisms cannot simply ‘suspend operations due to alterations.’ ”
The Bible: According to the biblical creation account, the first life did not originate in water and also did not evolve; the first life-forms were created on land. On the third day, God created the plants (Gen. 1:11–12) as multi-cellular organisms. Two basic evolutionary assumptions, namely that life originated in water and that the first organism was one single living cell, are biblically false. Aquatic animals were only created on the fifth day (Gen. 1:20–23).
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