If life emerged from otherwise nonlife-bearing chemicals because God started the process this way, then we have an inverted exegis which makes most of the Bible rather useless if not absurd. For example, man did not fall from perfection but is rather evolving upward, away from his primordial beginning to something more and more perfect.
So there was no fall and nothing is wrong with man that the evolutionary process + time won’t make right, hence man does not need a Savior.
According to this inverted exegis, vast numbers of lifeforms arose and died perhaps millions of years before man finally emerged. So who is responsible for death and suffering but God Himself?
God is a God of death not life. He is not a God we run to but run away from. Here the inverted exegis reveals its’ Gnostic pedigree.
I do appreciate Young Earth Creationism when one views Genesis 1 and 2 describing primarily the physical creation.
However, your point that God would not have created evil is neither here-nor-there with me:
Indeed, it seems to me that a person cannot truly appreciate light if he had never seen darkness, good if he had never seen evil, courage/fear, joy/sorrow and so on. And I truly believe our time here on earth is like a base camp for eternity that we learn more and better through these contrasts.
I am both a Young Earth Creationist and also an Old Earth Creationist. And I certainly do not expect anyone else to agree with me but, for the record, here is what I see and why:
At our present space/time coordinates, the universe is observed to be about 15 billion years old. However, when we consider the inflationary model and general relativity (warping of space/time) - we can also see that the universe is about a week old (equivalent earth time) at the inception space/time coordinates (Schroeder et al.)
More specifically, Genesis chapters 1 to 3 are from the inception perspective. The Creator is the only observer of Creation ex nihilo and He speaks to both the physical and the spiritual as the Creation, the earthly and the heavenly. To presuppose an earthly space/time perspective would result in needless contradiction such as plants on Day 3 before the sun and solar system on Day 4 (emphasis mine:)
These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground. Genesis 2:4-5
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. - Hebrews 11:3
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7
At the top of Genesis 4, after Adam is banished to mortality, the perspective changes to Adamic man, to our space/time coordinates. Adam's clock starts ticking.
The first indication of the change in observer perspective is in the curse itself (emphasis mine)
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. Genesis 5:5
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28
The Epistle of Barnabas dates back to the first few centuries after Christs resurrection. It is quoted by Clement of Alexandria and also mentioned by Origen. It was part of the Codex Sinaiticus but is not part of the Catholic canon today. Nevertheless, it reveals the discernment of these early Christians.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection. Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6
But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple. But if ye had known what [this] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matt 12:5-8
Then again, I do not expect anyone else to agree with me. LOLOL!
Gods Name is I AM.
God is "I AM". He is not binary.
"God is a God of death not life." and "God is a God of life not death." are equally absurd positions -- and, certainly positions which no creature of His is worthy to espouse.
"Pigeonholing" God (and his motives) thusly is as absurd as calling gravity, "evil" or "good". The same gravity that powers the graceful slalom skier down the course, also splattered jumpers from the WTC across the pavement in Manhattan.
Your initial statement,
"If life emerged from otherwise nonlife-bearing chemicals because God started the process this way, then we have an inverted exegis which makes most of the Bible rather useless if not absurd."
Is precisely as preposterous and invalid as is the "God is a God of death not life." to which you extended it.
It is particularly unworthy of a believer to demean God Himself as an attempt at refuting a particular position on how God's Creation proceeded.
His Name is "I AM"!
In the love and full respect of Christ and our Creator, I rebuke your attempted argument.