Was there a designer of the universe? That is of course, one of the biggest questions of all time. The happenstance chance that the creation of the Universe came into being by a repetitive process of chance and evolution is flawed if for no other reason than by an infinitesimally small probability that such could occur.
It requires far more faith to expect that the Universe continually collapsed and exploded / expanded over and over until the proper combination of an endless list of requirements lined up with the proper sequence, quantity, and laws.
The argument is not whether God created everything in 6,000 to 10,000 or that an evolutionary process produced man from ape but rather, did there have to be a designer and how likely is it that this whole process was self-initiating or was there a supreme intelligent design.
Today, we know the odds are astronomical against a non-designer based universe and since we now know the universe is expanding at an accelerated speed and is not slowing as required by a repetitive cycle of explosion and implosion that at best would require billions of years for each cycle. Below are just 10 obvious problems with a self-creating process.
At this point, we have a dilemma. Could man have evolved from a lesser life form? Yes, it is possible, but there is no definitive evidence he did. Does this crash and burn the creationist faith? No, it should not. God could still have used this process to create everything however, the evidence of evolution being the source is lacking. Note: Mankind is not a mankind unless he has a soul. Mankind could have evolved to a certain level and then God threw in the soul and bammm, there is mankind!
Could everything have been created over billions of years and evolved and then God dropped mankind in thousands of years ago? Yes. Could He have created everything including dinosaur skeletons, petrified other stuff, stars that exist in various aged stages instantaneously? Yes why not, if we can believe there is a God that created all that is, why would we limit Him by this?
After all, if God can create a vast, awesome, hard to fathom universe, you could argue He also has the ability to create it any way He wishes. Logically, it appears there is overwhelming evidence that an orderly, intelligent, law-driven creator was behind the design of the universe and everything in it.