Like a Court Case
The question of creation versus evolution is often presented as a dichotomy of religion against science. However, it is more helpful to look at the debate as a court case.
Two versions of history are presented. One history is from written sources. The other history is inferred. Facts are in evidence, and both sides present interpretations and explanations for those facts. We are the jury who must weigh the arguments being presented and decide who makes the better case.
Which presentation of history yields the best fit for the facts on the ground today? That's the question at hand. We must each decide for ourselves, and live our lives accordingly.
I happen to find the scripture-based interpretation of the facts as being far more plausible. It's an interpretation that does not begin by throwing out thousands of years of recorded history. The atheistic approach disregards history and logic and science to weave a story that seems plausible on the surface, but it falls apart when closely examined.
Decide correctly! Be sure to decide correctly. Because (from Psalm 75:7-8):
7 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
While it is certainly possible to be a follower of Jesus and to be saved without a correct understanding of history, it's helpful to have that correct understanding. Knowing Jesus as Creator helps toward the knowing of Jesus as Savior. Believing incorrectly that we are born of random chance in a warm pond points us away from the salvation we so desperately need.