Why does it really matter if we evolved from a lower life form? If I wasn’t there when God made the earth, why not just accept what the “scientists” and “experts” say that we have evolved ever since the universe began? What’s the big deal?
For one thing, if we embrace evolution, we deny the legitimacy of the Word of God. The narration in Genesis 1 and Exodus 20 explicitly state that Creation occurred in six days (each of which consisted of one evening and one morning).
Secondly, if we embrace evolution, God does not really have to exist; or if He does, He could be one of many. Regardless, He would not be responsible for creating mankind. He would not be sovereign over us and might not even care about us.
Thirdly, if God is not responsible for creating mankind, we are not accountable to Him. If we are not accountable to Him, I can cheat or even murder! Besides, if my cheating, lying or murdering gets me to the top, I might be living by survival of the fittest!
Fourthly, if mankind evolved by evolution, death and destruction occurred for millions of years in a brutal saga of survival of the fittest. It was kill-or-be-killed until the weak and unfit species died out—all for millions of years prior to the first man and woman. If that were true, death was not the result of a rebellion of Adam. If that were the case, would there be any connection between the cause of sin and the remedy for sin? Surely not.
But we do not have to accept these false notions! Romans 5:12-19 explains that as one man (Adam) sinned and brought death, one man (Jesus Christ) brings new life.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned… Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come…For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many…For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:22 sums this concept up concisely: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
If we got here without God, there would have been no origin for sin and death. If there had been no origin for sin and death, there would be no remedy for sin and death. Accepting evolution is a pretty big deal.