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The Way it Was

The Way It Was by Kelly L. Segraves

 That's What They Say

Most evolutionists declare that life somehow began by spontaneous generation from non-living material. Life came from some type of matter. But about the same time that Charles Darwin and Mendel were performing experiments, a gentleman named Louis Pasteur startled the scientific world. One of his experiments concerned spontaneous generation. Until his day it was believed that if one left rags in the corner, mice would appear. Frogs were created spontaneously in pond water. Meat left unrefrigerated would produce maggots. Wheat would generate rats. Experiments by Francisco Redi and others had demonstrated that this did not hold true, but people still believed that on the bacteriological bacteria were formed spontaneously.

Pasteur announced that because of his belief in God he would disprove the idea of spontaneous generation. He accordingly developed a flask with an "S" curve on the end which allowed air to enter but trapped dust and bacteria in the neck of the flask so that the nutrient broth in the bottom remained germ free. He performed the experiment several times. Each time he demonstrated something, scientists set up an objection, but he answered that objection the next time he performed the experiment. Some of these flasks are still in a museum in France, and even after more than 100 year there are no bacteria in the broth. He demonstrated once and for all that life does not come into existence from non-livening material. He helped establish the great law of biology that life comes from living material: the law of biogenesis. A sub-law states that life reproduces after its kind. Cats give birth to cats, dog to dogs; two rabbits never give birth to an elephant. Pasteur helped establish this law.

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