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5/05 - Alex writes
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Mr. Niednagel - I have been told that we have found sugar in space, and that this somehow indicates how life started, because sugar is part of DNA. Is this true?
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Thanks for your question, Alex. Actually, we have only found one sugar that is part of ribose. Let me begin with an excerpt from Encarta to explain:

"Like DNA, RNA consists of a chain of chemical compounds called nucleotides. Each nucleotide is made up of a sugar molecule called ribose, a phosphate group, and one of four different nitrogen-containing compounds called bases."

We have to comprehend the reality here. We have discovered, by itself, one sugar that is one part of ribose, which is one part of a nucleotide, which is a part of RNA, which is a part of DNA. This is akin to saying we have found a bolt, which is one part of a wheel, which is one part of a car, which is one part of a freeway, which is one part of a city. Actually, this isn't even a good example, as this bolt is more significant than the sugar.

There are a host of hurdles one must cross to make any significance out of this find. If one wishes to call it a piece of the puzzle, then it's one piece of a hundred million piece puzzle. Even if one were fortunate enough to find ribose out in space, they still would have enormous hurdles to cross. You would also have to find, as Encarta says, one of four different nitrogen-containing compounds (bases) that fully completes a nucleotide, and a phosphate group (a cluster of one phosphorus and four oxygen atoms).

All that has been discovered is a "simple sugar," which is only composed of oxygen and hydrogen. If folks want to believe that it's more signficant than this, that's fine with me, but it is my opinion that they are dilluding themselves. Even if the universe were full of these chemicals in a small area, a long, long way would you still have to go. Indeed, scientists today can mix these chemicals all they want, to no avail. Pick whatever universe size you want, my friend, it just won't happen.

Thanks for writing!

Jordan Niednagel





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5/05 - Mateo writes ...
Mr. Long - Why do you take the Bible as an absolute source of truth? Isn't that a very unscientific source of information? Isn't the Bible unobjective?
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Yes, you're very right in that we are bias in our views, and that's exactly the point. Unlike evolutionists, we are up front with our presuppositions. See, there is really only two real options: we either came into existence by a Creator, or we came into existence naturally.

Depending on what someone believes on this simple point will determine how they interpret the evidence. Because evolutionists do not believe God had anything to do with our creation, nor do they believe God has given us any type of revelation, they must view all evidence as if God does not exist. This means they must continue to explain all phenomena by natural processes, no matter how absurd it becomes.

The Bible might not be a science textbook in the sense that it won't teach someone how to dissect a frog, but if it is the word of God, then it must be accurate in all areas it touches upon. And this is where we can check its accuracy. The Bible teaches that all animals will reproduce after their kind. Have we ever seen otherwise? No we haven't. The bible also teaches that the world was subject to a global flood. If this is true, then we should expect to see millions of dead things buried in sediments, and fossilized. Is this true? It certainly is.

Of course, there is a lot more that could be said about this subject, and I hope you continue to look into it.

Thanks for writing,

Josef Long





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Cryptozoology - The study of the hidden animal world, cryptozoology is a science of speculation and surprise, involving the search for animals thought to be extinct to new creatures never before identified.


Creation vs Evolution - What was popularized in 1859 by former Christian turned agnostic, Charles Darwin, has in our day become one of the most hotly contested and sharply dividing issues to be found anywhere.


Dinosaurs - Considerable controversy surrounds dinosaurs, from their place in history to their color, habits, and overall physiology. As viewpoints collide, the search for answers continues.



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