As a biology major, I have to except factual evidence for findings that are not always excepted by religious beliefs.
When I was growing up, there was a debate in school whether or not we should be taught evolution. The debate’s concept was creation vs. evolution; creation being a religious belief that the world was created by a higher power and evolution being the big bang that shaped the rest of the universe’s history. I believe that the two are intertwined.
Recently, I had someone ask me if I believe in evolution even though I’m a Christian. No where in the bible does it say to deny science. I believe in evolution because of the immense amount of information that is provided to back it up. Most people believe that evolution means we descended from monkeys, and they’d be wrong. Yes, we are closely related species, but any biology or ecology course will show otherwise. Humans are descendants of other early hominids. There’s fossil evidence that shows the history for millions of plants and animals species, including humans. The story of creation in the bible basically skips over evolution and goes straight to the appearance of humans. I believe that life on Earth has come from a higher power, but not exactly the way that the bible states.
Biblical text, in the context of Earth origin, is taken too literally. People deny evolution because of their religion, which compromises their overall understanding of science as a whole. The bible can be used as a guideline and a metaphor to evolution. Each day in the story of creation could be representative of different eras on Earth before humans existed, like a timeline.
In today’s age, science and technology play a large role in advancements as a society. I think it’s important to realize the difference between religion and science, and that if you believe in one you do not have to deny the other.