How do you keep your faith in God strong when there's so much evidence supporting evolution?
Well, to answer this question we have to step back and look at things that have been assumed: one, that faith in God and belief in evolution are mutually exclusive, and two, that there is “so much evidence” for evolution.
The first assumption is pretty easy to dismiss. There’s a lot of Christians who believe that God created the world using evolution, and that the Genesis account of creation is purely poetic, not literal. It’s the second assumption that is a little harder to address.
It’s important to note that I am definitely not a scientist. I’m just a 16-year-old girl with strong opinions. I’m really not even that science-minded (I actually much prefer English). So that’s why I’m just going to post paragraphs and links from people who understand science a whole lot more than me.
“Everything that makes up your body requires genetic information. You’ve got hands and feet because your genes code for it. The same is true for any creature—dogs, camels, you name it.
The genetic information in humans varies from the information in animals, plants, and so on. Seems obvious, so why point it out? Because for animal kind A to somehow “presto-change-o” into animal kind B, the information’s got to change. A fish doesn’t just morph into an amphibian without something changing in the genes. It would have to gain some new information.
Here’s the clincher: when we use operational science—the kind involving observable, repeatable, testable results—we have never observed, repeated, or been able to test animal kind A turning into animal kind B—at all. Sure, there’s some genetic “do-si-do” going on through mutations and gene drift, but there’s no way fish are going to sprout hair and opposable thumbs. Just in case you think by “no way” we mean there’s still a chance, there’s not—none, zilch, nada, not going to happen. What if we add billions of years and cool artistic renderings? Still no.” (x)
“You’ve probably heard news accounts about how life could have started on earth ‘gazillions’ of years ago in volcanoes, slush pools, crystals, rocks, you name it. Maybe you’ve heard something about “artificial” life or test-tube life.
Those are interesting speculations, but they overlook one important rule in biology: life doesn’t, cannot, and will never come from non-life. Life comes from life. Always. That’s the law—the Law of Biogenesis, to be exact.