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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Creationists, care to define "life"?

What constitutes "life", in your eyes?



So many strong views on the topic yet such poor definition..... sigh....


Update 2:




Crystals, computer viruses, viruses, individual cells.

Are they all alive too, NCWJ?


Update 3:

The Mimivirus is more "alive" than individual cells, Narathzul too. And crystals and computer programmes fit a lot of definitions and blur the lines as much as many other things.


13 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    life is anything organic that can reproduce itself. everything from a singel celled organism to whales and humans and bears and elephants. that desribes almost everything on earth. life is also something that is given by God. God made humans different and more than animals. He gave us a spirit, a soul, and free will. that is the ability to act on descision, not instinct. he gave us the ability to reason and to build.

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  • Paul
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    8 years ago

    The definition of life is hard even for biologists. In Biology the definition of life are given by the acronym:









    Back when I studied Biology, any one of those could define life, for example viruses were considered alive even though all they could do was respire, but fire wasn't considered alive even though it was clearly capable of reproduction, growth and the chemical reaction for combustion is eerily similar to that for respiration.

    These days I asked on a biology forum about viruses and the consensus was viruses are no longer considered to be alive. However on another web site there is debate that viruses are alive when inside a cell but not when they are outside a cell. This brings us back to the question how is an active virus alive but not a computer virus since a computer virus is self replicating within the medium of the operating system in reproducing it uses energy as electrons need to change the position of logic gates from on to off.

    So now we have established that even amongst the scientific community there is no consensus about what defines life - let's look at the religious.

    Genesis 1:30 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.

    In ancient times the word breath was considered synonymous with life as a person was discovered to be dead when they stop breathing, this definition then would at first glance mean single celled organisms and multicellular creatures that do not breathe to not be alive - thus excluding fish, plants and most insects.

    However in Genesis we read that the Lord gave man the breath of life, therefore the breath of life has nothing to do with actually breathing but has to do with a metaphysical thing that was given from the divine that sets that which is alive apart from that which isn't. It is no coincidence that in both ancient Hebrew and ancient Greek the word breath is the same as the word spirit (Heb Ruach, Grk Pneuma) which also by the way means wind.

    If we then take the definiton of the "breath of life" as a metaphysical "spirit", then we have a metaphysical definition of life which cannot be falsified and therefore cannot be analysed scientifically but can be analysed religiously, from the interpretation of dogma. Life then from a Christian perspective then is metaphysical and is that which possesses a spirit.

    A spirit is that which is sent from God to animate an inanimate object temporarily and upon the death of the living organism returns to God.

    Though useful for religious discussion this definition is useless from a scientific perspective as it cannot be measured, quantified or falsified.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    An entity which exhibits the ability to process external substances and stimuli in order to grow.

    This would leave off crystal because they are formed by substance that are the same as themselves. Likewise computer viruses. A caveat is that growth can be other than physical.

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  • 8 years ago

    I believe there is two ways to percieve life.

    1. Is to have an existence.

    2. Is to be free of the bondage of sin which disables you from experiencing the fullness of life , and be connected to the source of this life which is Jesus Christ.

    Jesus had just been telling His disciples about His impending death, and now He was claiming to be the source of all life. In John 10:17-18, Jesus declared that He was going to lay down His life for His sheep, and then take it back again. He spoke of His authority over life and death as being granted to Him by the Father. In John 14:19, He gave the promise that “because I live, you also will live.” The deliverance He was about to provide was not a political or social deliverance (which most of the Jews were seeking), but a true deliverance from a life of bondage to sin and death to a life of freedom in eternity.

    A life of freedom in eternity is what I believe the " abundant life" is, and the life we all should long for.

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  • 8 years ago

    Life is difficult to demarcate with clinical precision. Indeed the boundary is just a decision. Viruses are a good example of something that threads the fine boundary between life and non-life.

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  • 8 years ago

    Life is. (1) The natural life of man (Ac. 17:25; 20:10; 27:22). (2) A person's earthly existence (1 Co. 15:19). (3) The new and eternal life God gives the believer (Ac. 11:18; Ro. 5:18; 2 Ti. 1:1,10). (4) A person's manner of living (Ac. 26:4; 1 Ti. 2:2; 2 Ti. 3:10).


    "our days upon earth are as a shadow" (1 Ch. 29:15)

    "my days are swifter than a weavers shuttle" (Job 7:6)

    "my life is wind" (Job 7:7)

    "as the cloud is consumed and vanished away" (Job 7:9)

    "our days upon earth are a shadow" (Job 8:9)

    "now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away ... as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey." (Job 9:25-26)

    "he cometh forth like a flower and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not" (Job 14:2)

    "thou hast made my days as a handbreadth" (Ps. 39:5)

    "we spend our years as a tale that is told" (Job 90:9)

    "as for man, his days are as grass" (Ps. 103:15-16)

    "his days are as a shadow that passeth away" (Ps. 144:4)

    "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (Jam. 4:14)

    The question should be. What are you going to do with your life?

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  • 8 years ago

    Monkeys finally learned to smoke, but not without help of a human teaching them as well as making a cigarette in the first place.

    Since monkeys were (they say) discovered, they have not learned anything else.

    What part of that is evolution if it takes one to teach another ?

    There is no creation without creator.

    To understand who created God and realize that he is the ultimate creator that was not created by anyone, refer to science where they said "Time started ticking at ....what ever point billions of years ago"

    That explains that he God always was.

    Its hard for people to understand the phrase "Always was", we understand Is and will be forever.

    Look at individual cell how they propel their self's forward. Some have motor like structures inside of them making them move. Science calls it The most efficient motor ever.

    Somehow no evolution takes place anymore.

    Only mutations that lead to death or issues in health.

    Somehow you have not evolved to believe there is God.

    It wont take billions of years, it takes minutes of you willing and trying to believe.

    You not willing or trying.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    "One of the properties of the nitrogenuous compounds of carbon."

    That is a consultant anaesthetist, quoting, with less than total approval, one text book's attempt to reduce everything to that which a strict materialist can feel comfortable with.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    There is no universally agreed upon definition of life, either by scientists or creationists.

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