>>"Is a spark plug a car? Is a piston a car? Is a speedometer a car? No, none of these are a car. But they can be combined with many other parts to make a car. Just like there are many components that are required to make a living cell."<<
A "spark plug" has parts...
A "speedometer" has parts...
Very poor examples of individual "parts"... but I think I get the idea.
By making the above statement, you seem to be saying that a human is a "manufactured" machine, a machine made out of "non-living" parts, is that correct? The analogy implies that we are all just a bunch of "assembled" dead parts. Who, or what assembles these "parts" and, how is it done?
>>"Just like there are many components that are required to make a living cell. This does not make the individual parts living."<<
You state that the "cell" is living, but that the parts are "dead" by themselves... so in essence, you seem to understand, at least rudimentarily, that the combined "dead parts" form a "life"...
>>" Only someone with a complete lack of scientific knowledge and common sense would believe that carbon is living just because it was once part of something living."<<
Once again you illustrate that you do not understand the "cycles". I have never stated "that carbon is living just because it was once part of something living."
What I have illustrated is that "carbon" during a particular "phase" of its "cycle" becomes a "part" of something "living". At that point in its "cycle" it is best to describe it, IMO, as a "live" carbon... obviously, not in and of itself "alive" as it is now a part of something greater... life.
What is it about the term "cycle" that you do not understand? I could look up the definition for you if you are unable.
If you prefer to deny that life exists by following your "scientific" logic of detachment away from reality, that is your choice.
I know this is new to you... and obviously others.