Is Atheism a Religion?

There are several definitions of the word religion in the dictionary. While most of those definitions pertain to an organized belief system regarding faith in a Supreme Being, some of the definitions also apply to the movement of Atheism.

The word “atheism” comes from Greek:  a- = not / theos = God / -ism = belief. It literally means not believing in God or gods. So, how does Atheism go from a “non-belief” in God into a religion?

What turns a “non-belief” into a “belief system” is the fact that we exist, and in their case Atheists believe that we exist without a Creator.

The Atheistic “belief system” is that we exist through a set of natural processes, or undirected events. They believe it started when life appeared by a transformation of chemicals into life (called abiogenesis) and then progressed through evolution from the first living cell into what we are as homo sapiens today.

Atheism becomes a religion, then, based on that set of beliefs and the level of devotion to that “belief system”. The problem is, it requires faith to believe that we we were created without a creator. It’s also a belief that can be scientifically proven as false (falsified).

The achilles heel of an Atheist’s belief system is understanding abiogenesis and Origin of Life theories. Abiogenesis is another Greek word meaning: a-notbiolifegenesisbeginning, or that “life didn’t begin with life”.

When the earth was first created, there was nothing but chemicals in a world hostile to life. Everything that existed poisoned life instead of creating it. But, Atheists believe that some how, by some miracle, this hostile environment produced life all on its own.

Atheists must believe that this happened by itself, as their belief system doesn’t allow for a “higher intelligence” to create life. But, this is where their belief system becomes unscientific and contradictory.

If the achilles heel of Atheists is abiogenesis, the achilles heel of abiogenesis can be summed up in one compound word:

HALF-LIFE

Half-life is a scientific term that measures the rate of decay of an element, a molecule, or a chemical compound. For example, Carbon-14 dating is used to measure the age of a long dead plant or animal. The process used is the half-life of carbon-14, in which half of the carbon decays in approx. 5,730 years.

Certain conditions, like heat or water, can actually increase the rate of decay of these molecules, causing them to decay faster, or to not form at all.

Here’s what real scientists have to say about the half-lives of the raw chemical materials that are required for abiogenesis to occur.

RNA – Ribosome

Ribosomal RNA(rRNA) persists for several days estimates for rRNA half-life in vitro range from <3 days (human fibroblasts), through 3.8 days (18S rRNA moiety in H1299 cells), to about 7.5 days (cultured rat fibroblasts).  http://bionumbers.hms.harvard.edu/bionumber.aspx?&id=108025&ver=1

These experiments suggested that rRNA decayed in the anucleated core fibre cells with a half-life of approximately 2.5 days. Similarly, in situ hybridization analysis of polyadenylated transcripts, beta-actin, or GAPDH mRNA indicated that these sequences were not stable in the core fibre cells.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10581721_RNA_stability_in_terminally_differentiating_fibre_cells_of_the_ocular_lens

Nucleobases

High-temperature origin-of-life theories require that the components of the first genetic material are stable. We therefore have measured the half-lives for the decomposition of the nucleobases. They have been found to be short on the geologic time scale. At 100°C, the growth temperatures of the hyperthermophiles, the half-lives are too short to allow for the adequate accumulation of these compounds.

We show here that the rapid rates of hydrolysis of the nucleobases A, U, G, C, and T at temperatures much above 0°C would present a major problem in the accumulation of these presumed essential compounds on the early Earth. A high-temperature origin of life involving these compounds therefore is unlikely. These results are applicable to any origin-of-life theory in which life begins with the evolution of a self-replicating genetic system capable of undergoing Darwinian evolution.

At 100°C the half-lives for the decomposition of the nucleobases are still very short. The half-life for A is 1 yr, G is 0.8 yr, U is 12 yr, and T is 56 yr. C is shortest of all with a half-life of only 19 days. Therefore unless these compounds were used immediately after their synthesis, an origin of life at ≈100°C is also unlikely. http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/7933.full

Ribose

Sugars are known to be unstable in strong acid or base, but there are few data for neutral solutions. Therefore, we have measured the rate of decomposition of ribose between pH 4 and pH 8 from 40 degrees C to 120 degrees C. The ribose half-lives are very short (73 min at pH 7.0 and 100 degrees C and 44 years at pH 7.0 and 0 degrees C). These results suggest that the backbone of the first genetic material could not have contained ribose or other sugars because of their instability. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC41115/

Phospholipid – Membrane

Both lipid and protein components of the plasma membrane are continually removed and replaced. Turnover allows the cell to continuously change out damaged components. This is a highly selective process, since the rate of turnover varies for different proteins and lipids. For instance, the half-life of some phospholipids in membranes is ~10,000 sec; the “off-rate” (half-life) for cholesterol from a lipid bilayer (e.g., the red cell surface) into the cytoplasm is ~7200 sec at 310 K. Protein turnover half-lives may range from several minutes to several years, but the “typical” protein has a turnover half-life of ~200,000 sec, or ~2 days. Protein replacement is carried out by protease enzymes located in the cytoplasm and in lysosomes. Replacement rates also depend upon cell type. For example, the plasma membrane surface of the macrophage has an unusually fast mean turnover time, ~1800 sec, vs. ~5400 sec for fibroblasts.  http://www.nanomedicine.com/NMI/8.5.3.2.htm

Sterols and phospholipids also were turned over at similar rates. The rather short half-life of these molecules in the plasma membrane is consistent with the findings of Bowers and Olszewski, who estimated that A. castellanii turns over its surface membrane at a rate of 2-10 times per hr. The fact that the half-lives for sterols and phospholipids were so similar suggests that endocytic vesicles may contain representative portions of membrane lipids.
www.pnas.org/content/81/5/1385.full.pdf

ATP – Metabolism

Once outside the cell, ATP has a half-life measured in seconds as a result of a complex array of potent nucleotidases and other hydrolytic activities, which degrade ATP and generate ADP, AMP and adenosine.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1863605/

Hydrolysis of ATP is clearly spontaneous in aqueous solution (water), and the reaction occurs relatively rapidly at 25°C. In vitro (in a lab), the half-life of ATP is on the order of days at this temperature  https://books.google.com/books?id=4xExFogxlPEC&lpg=PA127&ots=LpvC2cGe8X&dq=half-life%20atp&pg=PA127#v=snippet&q=half-life%20of%20atp&f=false

Conclusions

These are just a few of the studies performed that provide more than enough evidence that abiogenesis is false. These examples are just the building blocks, like a screw in a space shuttle. Since the required building blocks degrade so quickly, some within just a few hours to a few days, it doesn’t matter how much time, or how many tries, we give it to for something as complex as a cell to form on it’s own. It physically cannot happen.

There are no physical or chemical laws in nature that flow in the direction toward the creation of life. Creating life runs in the opposite direction of the rate laws of half-life. It’s like a rock tumbling uphill. It doesn’t matter how long we give a rock to tumble up a hill, it will never happen because it runs in the opposite direction of gravity.

Even in life our cells and the materials that make up a cell follow the rate laws of half-life. They decay, degrade, and die. The only way that life continues in spite of these laws is because of replacement. Living cells manufacture and create its own replacement parts, and ultimately copies itself, as needed.

Chemicals don’t do that. Therefore, life can literally only come from life. It had to have come from a living, intelligent being. Our Creator.

Scientists that promote origin of life theories without addressing these issues are just being plain dishonest. They are aware of these problems, but they don’t discuss them to keep the public unaware of them. They don’t want to have to answer questions about them, because they have none.

So, the religion of Atheism is a sham. It runs counter to science and is unscientific. It is solely by faith that Atheists even exist, but it is a false religion based on a false set of beliefs.

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