How Believing in Creation Helps as a Medical Doctor

by Ken Ham

When you start with God’s Word, you have an internally consistent worldview that can be used to answer life’s toughest questions. My long-time friend Dr. Tommy Mitchell, a medical doctor who is now a full-time, dynamic speaker/writer with us at AiG, recently spoke with some of our staff about how his belief in God’s Word and biblical creation affected his practice as a medical doctor.

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If you start with a biblical foundation, you can give answers. When people ask questions about abortion, euthanasia, or the sanctity of life, you can give sound answers about the life you’re talking about. People are made in the image of God, so their life has meaning and value because they are not just evolved animals.

Now, if it’s survival of the fittest, why should you take care of the weak? Why should you take care of the infirm? I’ve raised this issue with a lot of people over the years, and a lot of people tend to get mad at me when I raise it. Most of my colleagues were evolutionists, and they always think I’m accusing them of not caring, which is not the case at all, because doctors do care. The thing is that you can’t give a basis for that care if evolution and survival of the fittest is true, because, really, why should we help the sick and infirm?

Now, as Christians, the reason we do that is because we want to show mercy, compassion, and the love of Christ to others. Evolutionary doctors care about their patients, but when you ask them why they care, they don’t have an answer. When people came to me with these questions, I had a consistent answer: because God’s Word is true, because God does care, and because God created man in His image.

Why is there death and suffering? Well, if you’re an evolutionist, you really don’t have an answer to that question because death and suffering have been here since the beginning. They are almost required. It’s almost like “it’s tough, but that’s the way things are.” That’s not a great or comforting answer when your child has leukemia. But if you start with God’s Word, you have a more consistent understanding because you have a firm foundation of the true history of God’s Word to start with.

You can learn more about Dr. Mitchell, see his upcoming events, or request him to come and speak for your church or group at his bio page.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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