Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
(Above: Are these kids the descendants of an ancient single-celled organism, or the beautiful work of a loving and skilled God?)
At first glance, the Biblical perspective of humankind's origins may appear no more glamorous than evolution's view of an amoeba-like inception...
"...the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)
"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man." (Genesis 2:22)
Ribs and dust do not necessarily affix more value to our lives than single-celled organismsat least not on the surface. The primary difference between these two opposing views of mankind's beginnings rests in God's intentional nature. He formed life with His own hands, and there is both a present and a future purpose for this act of creation. Evolution does not account for any sort of reason as to why life began. It merely attempts to explain the details of how it began.
We humans will never fully understand the mechanisms by which life began, regardless of which viewpoint to which we subscribe. However, those who believe we were carefully conceived by the hands of a Heavenly Father can still proclaim...
"...I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (Psalm 139:14)