By Trace Embry
Because many authors are using scientific information to contribute to the subject of parenting, we need to ask: How does the Bible compete with science?
This is especially important to understand in relation to the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of today’s teens?
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Today we speak with Dr. Karl Benzio. He is the Founder and Director of the Lighthouse Network and the Lighthouse counseling and addiction helpline. He is a board certified psychiatrist with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, a MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and psychiatric training from the University of California-Irvine.
Science Supports the Bible
There are a lot of presuppositions in life. The Christian and the Secularist have different starting points to presuppose what truth is.
For the Christian, it becomes the Bible. For many Secularists, it is scientific evidence.
Science breaks down facts into mechanical bits of data; while belief in God requires faith.
It is like the difference between an auto mechanic knowing the mechanical workings of a car, and a driver that simply sits in the driver seat, turns the key and drives without knowing how the car functions.
Surprisingly, the more the sciences advance, the more we are able to see that science is actually proving the Bible’s claims to be true.
Over Prescribed Medication
One result of science that does effect our kids is the prescription of psychotropic medications.
We believe there is a place for meds. However, based on our experience with families at Shepherds Hill Academy, we see that medications can be grossly over prescribed.
For instance, in 2013 the SHA medication report reveals that we were able to successfully remove or reduce the dosage of 78% of the students enrolled on a medication regiment!
We are firm believers that given enough time; proper outside stimuli like God’s word, His love, truth, training, nurturing, and discipline can create chemical changes in the brain without medications.
These chemical changes manifest in positive behavior and attitude changes.
You can stay connected with today’s guest through the following:
- Learn about the Lighthouse Network for services and resources that can help your family.
- Interested in Dr. Karl’s daily Stepping Stones Daily Devotion? Subscribe to Stepping Stones devotions now.
- Connect with Dr. Karl Benzio via Facebook. Also, follow Dr. Karl and the Lighthouse Network on Twitter: @lighthousentwrk.
Conversation Starter: What are your thoughts on the effects science is having on today’s Christian communities?
About Trace Embry: Trace is the Founder and Executive Director of Shepherd’s Hill Academy. He hosts the License To Parent with Trace Embry radio program. For over a decade, Shepherd’s Hill Academy has helped struggling teens through its residential program and academy located in Georgia.