To conclude, I think the chances of a living cell forming from chemicals that just happened to bond, is ridiculously unlikely.
Wow. This guy was bang on. No wonder you guys got rid of him LOL
Well, yes, he was bang on about the chances of a living cell forming from chemicals that just happened to bond.
The issue, however, is that no one claims that life started because "chemicals just happened to bond." There are conditions that force chemicals to bond, due to their very nature. Those conditions force chemicals to bond in very specific ways.
No one says the chemical bonding was random... that's silly. The chemical bonding would happen in the natural way that chemical bonds always happen... because the chemicals are there and the conditions are present.
The "random chance" only refers to their not being any intelligent, conscious agent intervening. It certainly does not mean that every aspect of the event was "random chance."
What BoredomSetsIn is doing is like calling an entire game of football "random chance" just because of the coin flip to see who gets which end to start the game. Then talking about how impossible it is for the players to always line up in a row to hike the ball because the random chance of that happening is 1 followed by 600 zeroes...
It's correct that there is an aspect that is random... but that aspect does seem to occur quite regularly. It's correct that the random chance of players lining up to hike the ball, as is the chemical bonds "just happening"... is a ridiculously low number. But this doesn't matter because those aspects aren't actually random anyway.
They realized (and publicized) that there is no chemical force that influences the sequence of the 4 bases on the helix.
Right, the sequence is confined to what works. If it doesn't work, it can't get replicated... so then it doesn't exist. If it works, it can replicate, and then it exists.
Yet, the code is there, and it produced life. If not by chemical forces, how did the code get there?
Now you're asking a different question.
First you're talking about the sequencing alone... and when talking about the sequencing alone, you're right... that is not influenced by chemical forces... that's just whatever works. But now you're asking how the sequence was formed ("how did the code get there?").
The answer is, of course, that the sequence was formed through the chemical forces that always form any and all organic chemicals when the conditions are present.
The order or specific sequencing is not governed by chemical forces... that's governed by what can work by replicating itself. However, they're still all bonded through chemical forces. The same way all molecules are formed.
I submit that the inference to the best explanation is that a designing intelligence was necessary.
In order to submit that a designing intelligence was necessary, you'll have to support a reason why a designing intelligence would be necessary beyond "I don't understand chemistry."