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Rikki, biological evolution is divided into small scale adaptations (microevolution), and large scale adaptations (macroevolution).
Opponents of the theory of macroevolution generally accept microevolution, since the process simply describes the ability of different life forms to adapt to their environments. For example, there are several hundred kinds of cats, but they are all felines. The breeds "evolved" or developed through a process of both natural and artificial selection. Macroevolution postulates that a microbe became a blade of grass which became a man.
And, as with your 3,000 species of moths, are they still all moths or have they macroevolved into moth/human/elephant/whatever hybrid? Maybe the birds you're looking at during your hike were, at one time, moths? Maybe even the living leaves on the trees you're observing macroevolved into today's moths. According to your belief system, it's entirely possible since everything (including inanimate matter) is related.
Darwin said life began in a "warm little pool," a theory which true believers in macroevolution still cling to. But macroevolution is a SPECULATIVE rather than an EMPIRICAL science.
Theories of creation and macroevolution are actually both speculative rather than empirical. They're also called theories of origin science rather than operation science.
Operation science is empirical science; it deals with repeatable, observable phenomena. Microevolution is a legitimate study of operation science, but macroevolution is purely speculative. It cannot be repeated, and it has never been observed; same as creationism.
I won't go into primary (intelligent) or secondary (natural) causes in this post because it would be too lengthy, but suffice to say that, no, you don't have "tons of evidence that life evolved once and then diversified into the amazing variety we see around us."
If you had evidence, you would have been able to explain how a fish can turn into a reptile and then turn into a bird without large-scale immediate changes from one type to another. In fact, no leading evolutionary theorist has been able to explain away the empirical data.
Entire systems must change at once or blood oxygenation won't occur with circulatory development, will not go without autonomic reflexes in the brain, will not correlate to throat changes and lung development, etc.
Again, I do respect your right to believe in your religion, but I don't have enough faith to be an atheist.
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