A fellow blogger is concerned about evolution; he believes the concept that life evolved from a single organism dismisses belief in God and devalues human life. This is how I respond:
I disagree that what we are learning, and continue to learn, dismisses belief in God or devalues human life. God, as documented in the Bible, has revealed Himself to man in ways that man can understand Him…in ways that man can handle…emotionally, conceptually, and intellectually. When He appeared to Abraham and to Moses, it was in glimpses and even then the men were dramatically affected by the experience. God, the Father, sent Jesus in human form so we would be able to receive Him and accept Him and listen to Him without the shock of His divinity; when he presented simple displays of His power in healing and changing water to wine or feeding the thousands, these simple examples were difficult for people to understand and accept.
The writers of the Bible wrote about God in ways that made sense to them…in ways they and others could handle and understand; they wrote in terms of what they knew…and even then it was mysterious and marvelous. The more we learn about our world, our universe, and ourselves, the more we learn about how amazing God is. God is so much more than what we know and are aware of. If God created us by a method starting with single-celled organisms, the whole concept is mind-blowingly creative and brilliant. The elegance of the processes involved are evidence of the masterfully-artistic mind of God.
Evolution, in no way, devalues human life. Man is special and unique among all of the other creatures God planned: Man writes poetry, for example. All other creatures do what they do to survive. Poetry is not necessary for survival. Man seeks out communion with the Creator. Do other creatures do that?
God is in no way threatened by science or technology. Quite the contrary, God is giving us the guidance to learn more about His universe…and more. God reveals Himself to us and empowers us to learn more about Him as we are capable and prepared to know Him. For example, the Holy Spirit is not computer illiterate; God is in control and has led man to develop such technology and inspires men, like you and me, to use it to distribute knowledge, wisdom, and guidance to people all over the world.
God created this world and it is still a good creation. There is much wrong going on and God sees it. But God still loves us, His creation; wants us to willingly be reconciled to Him; gives us ample opportunities to do that and to help others see that; and He is just as excited as we are as we continue to learn how magnificently complex and beautifully executed His creation has been…and continues to be.
Thanks be to God and to God be the Glory.
(The image at the top is provided by NASA through the Huffington Post.)