That is not true. A great deal of headway has been made, both from the chemical point of view and from the life side of the equation. We know that life as it exists now (based on DNA and protein) is likely to not be structured the way that the earliest life was (probably based on RNA, perhaps with minimal proteins). We know many more chemical reactions that lead to the types of chemicals required for life and how they form larger structures. We know that life is much more diverse than what we knew 50 years ago and that it is possible in much more extreme environments that we ever thought before. We know how the life that now exists is related and we have picked apart the different types of metabolism to see their similarities, differences, and hereditary links. We know more about the environment of the early earth and are learning more each year.<quoted text>
Of course life is made up of chemical and energy. It is the process of getting from chemical and energy to life that is the problem. So far science has not made any real headway in determining how life came into existence. So far it's been guess work and what if's.
Are there many challenges? Of course. But progress has been made.