I’m starting this thread, because there is almost zero information on Google and Apologetics forums. It looks like a topic that’s neglected. Since I’m a scientist, and I want to preserve my Christian faith, there’s literally no chance this question will be left unanswered. The facts I’m going to present to you are so shocking, that it’s almost a deal breaker for me.
Because, okay - we may discuss a lot things about evolution. But embryonal development is something we can study very well, and results can be replicated.
To put it simply: the pregnancy process seems not only extremely badly designed, but also there’s zero evidence that God micro-manages it.
It’s estimated that 70% of fertilized zygotes fail to make it to delivery. The chart on Rationalwiki is very explainatory:
Out of 200 eggs with sperm nearby:
Only 168 are fertilized (84% left alive)
Only 84 survive 4 weeks (42% left alive)
Only 70 survive to become a fetus (35% left alive)
Only 62 survive to term (31% left alive).
So, to put it simply… In contrast to what the Bible teaches (For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made), everything is better explained by chance:
There’s a chance the egg won’t be fertilized
There’s a chance the zygote won’t be implanted (and even if it’s implanted, it could be in a place that’s dangerous - ectopic pregnancy).
There’s a chance the implanted zygote won’t make it to fetus.
There’s a chance the fetus won’t make it to birth…
To put it simply, everything shows we’re just a product of sheer chance. God does nothing to protect the zygote (embryo) in the mother’s uterus. The’s no evidence that the process is micromanaged - just governed by natural laws that are not perfect.
Please, help with this difficult topic. It’s too important to be neglected.