Giving young people career choices
Recently, I heard of a boy who was crazy about dinosaurs. He knew their names, studied their features, and learned everything he could about them. However, people were trying to discourage him. His mother kept telling him he would grow out of it. But he didn’t. When he was 14 he was just as keen, and wanted to become a scientist to study dinosaurs properly. Then his church youth-group leader told him that studying science would harm his Christian faith.
It’s a common idea that science harms the Bible, but it’s the total opposite of the truth. In fact, science itself came from a biblical world view that teaches a divine Lawmaker, who is not the author of confusion but a God of order; conversely, cultures without this world view could not develop real science.1 Most branches of modern science were founded by creationists.2
In particular, rather than causing harm, learning the truth about dinosaurs actually strengthens our Christian faith.3 More and more, new scientific evidence upholds the truth and accuracy of the Bible. Fortunately, a friend gave this young man books and DVDs that explained how he could understand dinosaurs from the history of the Bible. Looking at the world from this perspective can be life-changing. For young people it opens up new vistas to study and new careers to pursue.
That was the experience of another young man who grew up on a diet of creation information, and thus understood how to look at the world from a biblical perspective. He too had a passion for dinosaurs, and took part in some national digs where he uncovered dinosaur fossils. He studied palaeontology at university, earning a degree in science, and then did original research into dinosaurs, obtaining his Ph.D. So, when young people know how to think biblically, they are free to follow their passion for science without suffering any harm to their Christian faith.
That is one of the benefits of Creation magazine. It regularly reports new scientific discoveries, showing how these confirm the Bible. Dinosaurs frequently feature in its pages with news of fresh information, such as the curious carvings on a bell tower in the Republic of Georgia (p. 28).
Many young people are drawn to science, and Creation magazine gives them solid ground to stand on, and a wall of protection. In this issue you will get to know a physicist who, from an early age, loved science, and exploring how the world works. Creation information gave a foundation for his successful career as a research professor at a major university (p. 38). You will also discover the high-tech design of gecko feet (p. 25), unbelievable fruit that modifies taste buds (p. 56) and reptiles with amazing body armour (p. 20).
You will enjoy this issue. And, when you have finished, you can pass it on to a young person, who loves science, so they can follow their dream and stay strong in the Bible.
References and notes
- Sarfati, J., The biblical roots of modern science, Creation 32(3):32–36, 2010; creation.com/roots. Return to text.
- Scientists of the past who believed in a Creator, creation.com/creationist-scientists-past. Return to text.
- Batten, D. (Ed.), What about dinosaurs? The Creation Answers Book, 6th ed., ch. 19, 2014; creation.com/dinosaurs-and-the-bible. Return to text.
Thanks, Tas! "Creation" and "Research Journal" are wonderful journals. And thanks for your examples, in this article, of young people prepared for this area of battle.
If I could give further comment: please have such young people prepare better by their practicing debate on this issue, one youth-group person playing the defendant and another (or the group leader / parent) playing the **aggressive, hostile** challenger.
Youth need to do more than know the evidentiary truth; they also need to internalize these truths as battle-tested CONVICTIONS. They need to look through the eyes of the other side--and see the inadequacies there.
A danger exists: YEC-heritage youth merely memorizing data that they know pleases their parents, pastors, etc.--and knowing it only at that shallow level. Then, in the pit of adversity, they are told by an authority figure that that information is wrong. Feeling that they have been betrayed, they can not only back off of YEC thinking but they can also become actively hostile to it.
This happened to Davis Young, of geology fame. This also happened with someone dear to me, when he encountered an engineering professor who told him (strongly!) that radiometric-decay age-dating techniques proved young-earth thinking was wrong. Rather than double-check what that professor said, the individual threw away the YEC position. Now, decades later, he appears spiritually strong--being a small-group leader in his church--but totally dismisses the idea of scientific content in the Bible, and even goes so far as to say very disturbing things such as "We must remember when it was written".
To avoid this end, young people need to personally trace the evidence--both the biblical evidence and the scientific evidence--rather than just memorize conclusions.
There are some fields which are primarily academic in nature like paleontology, archaeology, anthropology, etc. and are the domain of academia and museums where evolutionary thinking dominates and shuns those who embrace non-evolutionary ideas.
"It's impossible to get one to believe something when their paycheck depends upon them not believing it."
Can one be a paleontologist and advance (or even sustain one's self) if they try to publish papers that are contrary to the established dogma? Those fields are saturated with evolutionists. They will likely not publish or advance or receive tenure. It's more likely that the person will succumb to evolutionary ideas in order to survive and then thrive in their profession to which they have devoted so much time and energy. This is true regardless of their faith prior to their endeavors.
Every field has younger generations that disrupt the field, right? Not fields dominated by evolutionary thinking. When facts and evidence are thrown out because they do not fit the existing models, changing the model is a very long shot. To change the profession requires changing those who dominate it by winning them to Christ.
I encourage young Christians to pursue science if they have a passion for it, and even pursue doctorates in fields where they can excel like physics, engineering, chemistry etc. I can even recommend biology, a field where evolutionary thinking is strong, but does not dictate every aspect of the field and there are jobs in industry so the hands of academia do not reach them.
I recommend that everyone take some science to learn how to interpret the world and think critically, and to those interested my advice is to pursue science as a career if evolution and atheism do not dictate who shall prosper.
Rolland H, thanks for sharing your story. Wonderful to hear, and thank you to CMI and it's contributors of articles. We are so blessed for such a resource that gives us answers to arguments that try to stand against the knowledge of God and a Relationship with Jesus.
I have always been interested in how science and the Bible work in harmony.
I was surprised when I got my results of year 13 back last year, as I only passed Biology, out of the five subjects i did. This also meant that I didn't pass level 3 NCEA or University Entrance. All my teachers knew the keen interest I had in the subjects, especially the science ones, and they were disappointed that I didn't pass. I am repeating some of the exams this year to gain level 3 NCEA and University Entrance.
The reason I passed biology was due to this site, your Creation magazines and the Bible. I passed both Evolution papers with merits. I knew the arguments against the questions really well that I was able to answer them well. In the last year of high school, my understanding of biblical science was strengthen as it always has been.
God hasn't blessed me with great academic skills, but he has blessed me with wisdom, love and knowledge in what he has done for us.