Is it possible for molecules, which do not have life, mind and consciousness, to come together on their own to do something?

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4.2.2-Molecules do things that are engineering marvels

            The molecules in living beings are lifeless, mindless, unconscious and simple things. However, they work extremely consciously. In fact, human beings cannot do what they manage to do even with today’s technology. For example, molecules produce energy at constant temperatures. They work at a constant volume and constant pressure. It is definitely not possible for them to prepare and produce such a system on their own. Many molecules come together to do a certain job. And they do this continuously, without getting tired and being confused throughout the lifespan of that living being. In fact, the work of molecules in cells is described as follows by famous biochemists: The chemical activities a cell does in a few minutes can only be done in months by many experienced chemists working in highly developed laboratories.1

            Molecules are made work with maximum economy in the cell. The yield in their reactions is 100%. It means they do not produce any unnecessary by-products. Energy efficiency is maximum. Cells use many different molecules taken as food very efficiently and convert them to a few simple molecules; they can also make hundreds of different molecules starting from a few simple molecules such as water, carbon dioxide and ammonia.

The enzymes are made work so perfectly, carefully, fast and consciously that they astonish people. However, since these molecules do not have life, mind and consciousness, it will be gullibility to expect them to come together on their own to do a job.

            For instance, producing energy from sugars and fats in humans is quite a long process and many molecules take part in this task. Enzymes constitute most of those molecules. The enzymes are made work so perfectly, carefully, fast and consciously that they astonish people. However, since these molecules do not have life, mind and consciousness, it will be gullibility to expect them to come together on their own to do a job. Then, who makes all these molecules work in a very intelligent and conscious way? Is it not necessary to think about it?

            In addition to enzymes, auxiliary molecules and various minerals are involved in this work. It is not possible to understand how so many molecules, which are quite different from one another, do the same work for years by coming together and without having a rest and making any mistakes. That is, it is not possible for these molecules to achieve such a task on their own. Therefore, whoever created both those molecules and the living beings that they serve must have definitely created the universe too; He is the one who employed those molecules in those works. Nobody else can do it.

            For example, 21 enzymes, about 10 auxiliary molecules and various elements such as Na, K, Fe, P and copper take part in the process of a sugar molecule being transformed into CO2 and water so that they will be used in energy production. Those molecules form an organization shown below in three schemes. The molecules in these three schemes work in series one after the other in an oxygenated environment to convert the sugar molecule (glucose) into CO2 and water. Meanwhile the energy that is produced is used for the needs of the body.2

Figure 1. First reaction series. Glycolysis.3

Figure 2. Second reaction series TCA cycle is an extraordinary organization. Those who discovered this cycle won the Nobel prize.4

As it can be seen, it is very difficult even to schematize the molecules that realize these reactions let alone producing those molecules.

Figure 3. The schematized form of the third reaction series: Oxidative phosphorylation (or respiratory chain) reactions (A scientist who explained how those reactions worked with a theory won the Nobel prize).5

This reactions series is a real engineering wonder that today’s engineers cannot even imagine because these molecules produce energy at a constant temperature. In addition, they reveal the high energy in the structure of glucose with a great engineering science. These reactions have not been understood yet. This mechanism is almost the same in all living beings. Is it possible for the lifeless, mindless and unconscious molecules to produce this technology, which has not been understood yet though today’s science and technology have advanced so much, on their own?

The enzymes that produce energy from fats in our bodies are similar and they are equally perfect. The enzymes that produce oils are also like that. These enzymes are even called “molecular factories”.6

            When you look at Figure 4, you will clearly see that lifeless, mindless and unconscious atoms cannot come together on their own for a very important purpose and make such a complex molecule. Since those living beings in which those molecules work cannot do this, and since those who are not interested in this science are not even aware of the existence of such a thing in their bodies, the being that makes it is Allah, who has endless power and strength, who makes both atoms and molecules, and who knows the living beings and the needs of living beings and, Allah is the Lord of infinite power and might.

Figure 4. Fatty acid synthesis enzyme – Molecular factory that produces fat.7

            For instance, sugar (glucose) is produced by the molecules in plants using solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. This is an extremely simple but very cheap and excellent way of nutrition. Is it possible for plants or the molecules in the plant cells to do something like that on their own? Is it reasonable and logical not to know, not to want to know, or even to deny the real owner of this magnificent science?

1.Lehninger AL, Principles of Biochemistry, Worth Publishers, Inc. New York, 1982, p. 3-13.
2.Stryer L, Biochemistry, Third edition, W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 1988, p. 150

6.Voet D, Voet JG, Biochemistry, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2011, S. 653.

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