I am still stuck on trying to see the logical progression that people hold on evolution. Not that life evolves. That is documented and proven. It is the thought that all life forms on the earth mutated from a single source. I am trying to understand it more because I have heard people challenge the thought that it takes more faith to be an atheist than to believe in a God. Not going to limit it to God for this discussion, but faith in a higher power.
We know that the universe was created by the Big Bang. BOOM POW! Ok, now we have the universe and the stars and planets, and the Earth. The Earth was created by a gravitation pull in an area of space that pulled together rocks and things that were floating around and compressed them to the point that the Earth was created. Not sure how the core of the earth came about from this process, let alone the tectonic plates, continents, or oceans.
In order for life to evolve from a single life form, there had to be some life form on the rocks that were pulled together to form the planet. These life forms survived the force that forged everything into the planet. They might have been dormant, but they had to be alive, because life has to come from life. So life is now on the earth as these thawed single cell life forms. They mutated into multi cell life forms which some how mutated into all life and vegetation on the earth. That is where I get lost.
When you have subjects you are studying and they are all exposed to the same environment, the subjects should respond the same way. I know with natural selection that the weaker subjects would die off, but do you really get giant leaps where one would mutate into a fish and another would mutate into a seed. I say a seed because that is how plant life is formed. Maybe I am limiting it too much. Reproduction would be the result the creature and not the source. That is why the chicken would have come before the egg. Actually the chicken now has evolved through several generations of breeding, but the breeder had to come before the offspring. So, these single cell things decided to change and become plants and trees as well as fish, reptiles, mammals, and birds.
The cells would of first started evolving into plant life. I say this because we need the plant life to develop the atmosphere that we have. Animal life wouldn’t have given off the oxygen needed. Not all of them would have evolved though. Some would have stayed in the soup waiting for atmospheric conditions to get to the point where they could move into water. Water contains oxygen, but when the creatures that are in the water use the oxygen to continue living, the oxygen is stripped from the water molecule. They hydrogen that is left would have to rebind with oxygen in the atmosphere and form new water molecules to replace those that were lost. So we get vegetation first then animal life. In my mind, natural selection would have dictated that those organisms that didn’t evolve into plant life would have died off, but I am sure I am missing something here.
It is a reach for me to believe that single cell organisms from space survived the process that created the earth in the first place and mutated into multiple forms of vegetation and then those that didn’t mutate into vegetation would mutate into animal based life. All of this without a clear design or supernatural help. What are the odds of that happening? Why is it so much harder to believe that something guided this process?