Have you ever painted anything? Before you started, did you have an image of the finalized product in your mind? Did you poof it into existence? Or start one brush stroke at a time?
You can create something in your image (the finalized product) and still go through a process to get to that final product.
Or building a snow man, you can make it in the image of a snowman, and accurately say “you created it from the snow of the ground” and at one point, it can just look like a tiny snow ball.
How dare you accuse the snowman maker of making a snowman that was once a descendant of a snow ball?
I think it is more evolution-ism that says evolution has no end goal or purpose. I think most EC believes that God had the finalized product being a human, that began or has is a descendant of a “snowball”.
Or like a computer programmer. They spend much timing making this code, that means nothing until it is completed, but still means nothing till used. Microsoft Windows is just 0’s and 1’s, until you hit the power button on the PC, that is when it comes to life (using more and more complex codes and programs “building on each other” until it gets to a finalized product of a fully booted up operating system. How dare you accuse the booted up windows to have been a descendant from a 0 or a 1? It is a complex thing with great uses, surely it couldn’t have come from merely a simple number?
I think of creation as God had all that coding in his brain (pretty instantaneously, and didn’t have to spend time writing it down and making beta versions ect.) and when He spoke it into existence, is like the program booting up. And once complete, humans were then created in His image.
We were all animals, given life (not biological life, but life as image bearers) by God. I like @aleo writings of an original blessing, instead of an original curse. Homo Sapiens were all animals like all living creatures on earth bound by int’s biological instincts. It was the original blessing given by God, that made us into image bearers of Him (gave us life). The ability to do the will of the Father despite our instinct, to be kings and priests, and what we will one day be restored to be. (Rev 5:9) This is why sinning causes death, we are broken image bearers, going back to our animal roots, perverting the special image bearing status/purpose/vocation God gave us. Any time you sin, you are giving away that power God gave us to do His will (and glorify our Creator), to something else and deny our Creator, and worship the created. Every sin is idolatry.
There is very much intertwining of our spiritual and physical realms.
Everyone who sins gives away their image bearing status and becomes a slave to that sin. Jesus’ spirit never died, He never sinned. Our spiritual body died when we sinned as God told us would happen. Jesus’ physical body died like our spiritual bodies, but His physical body was resurrected and with that resurrection of His physical body, allows our spiritual bodies to become resurrected in Him. We are again restored to our image bearing status through Him who now lives inside us! Rom 6:8
The dark powers I don’t think completely understand the the differences in the spiritual or physical realm. If they did, they would have realized when they came to a head in the hour of darkness when they gave it their all, they would be signing their own death warrant. In attempting to conquer Jesus on the cross, it was instead defeated when the stone was rolled away. This is why Jesus came, to defeat sin, since we couldn’t. That we may have life, and have it more abundantly.
Fabrication, or explanation? Why do we have belly buttons, did Adam and Eve? Is our knowledge of this a fabrication or an explanation?
Sure. You could also argue that we reached this final form through evolution.
A more important questions would be, If it came down to dying for your YEC beliefs, or rejecting them to share the greater truth of God’s love, which would you do?
I would certainly not die over a evolution belief, it is a simple belief in a neat thing that may or may not displays God’s power and majesty. I would not die over the fact that a star is a burning ball of gas if someone told me it was something else. God has much more important things for my life than dying for a trivial possible explanation of how we got here.
How many passages to Paul or Jesus or David speak of how we got here? How many passages that speak of what we should do while we are here? Though they do talk of who brought us here, none of how, but no where near as much as what we should do while here.
Of course it is easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk. It is somewhat easy to say you would die for something, that is a momentary 1 chance, short lived decision. What I think is more difficult, is to live for something. I don’t think the death of Jesus was too difficult of a thing to do, people people die for Muhammad all the time. What is more difficult is to live for something. As Paul says in Rom 7:15. We want to live for God, but still fail, Jesus was the only one that was able to live His entire life for God, that is something that can’t be copied, but dying for a belief happens fairly often. It doesn’t make that thing true, it just means you had strong convictions in it. It would be sad to have such strong convictions in something so relatively unimportant (like the means of our human origins), as to bypass a long life that could be lived for God, doing the vocation He gave to us originally.