In the Laws of Physics: It’s “natural” when apple moves downward due to gravity forces. It’s “supernatural” to move upward without a lifting force!
In the Laws of Biology: It’s “natural” when a living body dies. It’s “supernatural” a dead body returns to life!
“Natural” is what moves with the Laws of Physics & Biology while, in contrast, “Supernatural” is what moves against. However, both Natural and Super, MUST be accompanied with detectable effect(s) on our physical environment for their existence to be acknowledged/believed.
Due to their detectable effects, science had pointed out many “against the law” processes that took place during the known history of Universe and Life which could arguably be classified Supernatural at least from directional points of view. One famous example is the moment when the planet Earth became no longer “sterilized”! The moment of which Life appeared in the form of the first Prokaryotic Cell 4 billion years ago. The moment most atheists wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about as much as they would on evolution afterwards.
In order for the first Prokaryotic Cell to appear on Earth, declaring the era of Biology, many theories were put on the table with the Primordial Soup Theory stands as the most accepted among the scientific elite. The theory, within four steps 1 > 2 > 3 > 4, had explained what Life needed in order to appear:
1- The early Earth had a chemically reducing atmosphere, (lack of Oxygen).
2- This atmosphere, exposed to energy in various forms, produced simple organic compounds (“Monomers”).
3- Such simple organic building blocks polymerize and form longer chains of more complex structures (“Polymers”).
4- Interacting in consistent ways to form naked RNA, a Protocell, Genetic Memory needed for reproduction then ultimately LIFE!
What gives power to this theory is the fact that steps 1 & 2 were experimentally proven in lab. Conducted in 1952 published in 1953 by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey at the University of Chicago which became widely known as Miller–Urey experiment. Even though steps 3 & 4 were not covered by the scope of the experiment but it (the experiment) helped providing the means to confirm two crucial issues: starting point and process direction Life needed to travel in order to appear on planet Earth. In brief, the process must have gone the direction 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 in order to spark Life on Earth.
The interesting part of the deal isn’t really the “HOW” but the “PROCESS DIRECTION”! It puzzled the scientists ever since trying to explain how steps 3 & 4 could have taken place in such sequence! “Mother” Nature beyond any reason of doubt had confirmed its preferred process direction to be the OPPOSITE! Nature always preferred to go from step 4 back to 2 (i.e. 4 > 3 > 2). For example, In an aqueous environment hydrolysis of oligomers/polymers into their constituent monomers would be favoured over the condensation of individual monomers into polymers. More fundamentally, Natural biochemical reactions are limited to self-excisions (in which a longer RNA molecule becomes shorter and polymers dismantle to monomers), Much rarer small additions that are incapable of coding for any useful protein. In simpler words, Nature always preferred death/decay for living things over life for dead things!
Nature, not only preferred the process opposite direction 4 > 3 > 2 but in fact, viciously fought for it! The Miller experiment forms compounds that would have prohibited the formation of polymers in high concentration, for example, produces many substances that would undergo cross-reactions with the amino acids or terminate the peptide chain. In simpler words, if it was Nature alone, it would’ve killed any rising form of Life 4 billion years ago!
Nature being supportive to the 4 > 3 > 2 direction, the opposite route 2 > 3 > 4 stated by the Primordial Soup Theory could arguably be classified “Supernatural”. If Nature was the Hi-Way then Life needed to drive the wrong-side in order to appear. The process direction that helped the first Prokaryotic Cell see the light 4 billion years ago is no short of Supernatural!
Primordial Soup Theory represents the point where Natural and Supernatural events can meet. The process direction 1 > 2 is totally Natural as proven by Miller Experiment while the rest 2 > 3 > 4 is totally Supernatural being opposite to the direction Nature goes. The dividing line lies between step 2 and 3 of what’s Natural and Super.The reason scientists usually use the term “the miracle of Life” whenever they need to describe this very special moment of our history on Earth despite the fact the term “Miracle” isn’t really welcomed!
It worth to mention that most of other Abiogenesis theories have parked their cars on step 2, composition of monomers, then joined the Primordial Soup Theory the rest of the trip. Exogenesis theories are no different as they became strongly believed doing so after “The Stardust Mission” where NASA brought back samples from the tail of a comet and published a document entitled “NASA Researchers Make First Discovery of Life’s Building Blocks in Comet” refers to the Glycine and other monomers that have been found. Exogenesis parked their cars on step 2 and joined the “gang”!
By this stage, even being scientific, I would assume some fellow atheists wouldn’t feel comfortable with the conclusions, and most probably would resort to play their last card “admit to ignorance”. “I think it takes more courage and integrity to admit to ignorance than to leap to the supernatural for an explanation”, an atheist might reply. This is true from the “HOW” but false from the “Process Direction” point of view. What in essence Primordial Soup Theory had proven is that Life on Earth needed to move through a biological process in a supernatural direction 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 in order to appear, while the process naturally goes 4 > 3 > 2 in a day light clear contradiction. And those atheists who might hope Nature, some day, moves the other way around are absolutely unaware that it’s IRREVERSIBLE too! They look like those waiting for Time to roll back or Entropy to decrease!
In conclusion, Life to begin on Earth, 4 billion years ago, biology processes needed to go through a SUPERNATURAL direction.
No wonder Allah, Almighty God, had pulled mankind attention through revelations to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to this very special moment of history when Life began on Earth, and explicitly asked us to investigate it. Should we mind his supernatural touch that ultimately produced Life and consequently acknowledge his existence after leaving such undeniable effect on our physical world, us!
Quran 29:19 “Have they not considered how Allah begins creation and then repeats it? Indeed that, for Allah , is easy.”
Quran 29:20 “Say: “Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah , over all things, is competent.”
Quran 50:15 “Did We fail in the first creation? But they are in confusion over a new creation.”
Quran 52:35 “Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]?”
Quran 76:1 “Has there [not] come upon man ages of time when he was not a thing [even] mentioned?”
Was Primordial Soup Theory one of the signs Allah, Almighty God, wanted mankind to discover in order to mind him?
Quran 41:53 “We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth.”
Well! I don’t find a good reason to say no.