How do I know that the Bible’s true? For many Christians the answer to that question is, “Because it claims to be the written word of God.” But obviously, although that’s what the Bible actually says about itself, that’s a statement of faith. For many who profess to be believers in Jesus, and for everybody else, that’s something that’s hard or impossible to believe without some evidence, not that anything about God or the Bible could ever be proven. It can’t be. If scientific proof was possible then there’d be no need for faith, and we can never come to God except through faith. So where does that leave the questioners? Well, there’s a lot of evidence that certainly points to the authority and truth of the Bible if it will be accepted. But before I get into presenting evidences for the reliability and authority of the Bible I should tell you how I got to be where I am. Obviously, I take the Bible seriously. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ (in case you don’t know, Christ is not Jesus’s last name, it’s a title like John Doe, President. The word Christ is from the Greek word meaning “anointed one” that was used to translate the Hebrew word Messiah). But you could ask what gives me the right or authority to present data that supports the Bible. If you do that’s a good question. I grew up in a churchgoing family and was baptized at a very young age. After high school I attended NC State University, graduating in 1975 with a BS degree in geology (which, by the way is a fascinating field of science!). For my degree I had to take courses in calculus, physics, chemistry, soil science (my minor study), and of course, all the various subdisciplines of geology (mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, sedimentology, historical geology, etc.). So I have a reasonable background in science. For the next 41 years or so I worked for the US Department of Agriculture and a couple of local government public health agencies as well as operating a private soil science consulting business. But about fifteen years into that stretch of time I came to a point that would be called a faith crisis. I suddenly realized one morning (sometime late in the year 1990) after my Bible reading time that I didn’t believe it. Any of it! This was after having read the entire Bible several times over the years, having served as a deacon in several churches, and having taught Sunday School and led a couple of church youth groups. Needless to say, my sudden skepticism about the Bible was a tremendous shock! But interestingly, my response to this new unbelief was to hurriedly ask God to show me why I didn’t believe it. To say the least it bothered me. That turned out to be a critically important step because asking God to reveal things about himself is the one prayer that an unbeliever can pray that he will answer. There would be a second shock a few months later. But as I began thinking about that issue, I remembered that I had first begun to have doubts about the Bible while I was in high school. Those first doubts had been about the four gospels in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – which contained what seemed to be unexplainable conflicts with each other. How could all or any of them be true when they couldn’t agree on some details of the important parts, like Jesus’ birth and his crucifixion and resurrection? And it seemed like John was off on a completely different track altogether! But I just pushed it all to the back of my mind and went on into my college years without any resolution. Well, not long after that prayer God put me in a situation where I heard an interview with a PhD biochemist who believed all of the Bible, even the hard parts in Genesis 1-11 (the creation through the global flood and tower of Babel). As I listened, God revealed to me that what this guy was saying was true! God answered my prayer in literally an instant by showing me that my geology degree had indoctrinated me with a belief that the Earth was billions of years old and that all of life had evolved from chemicals, and that all of that was false! Now don’t bail on me here. I wasn’t just some religious goofball who was willing to believe anything that came along. At that point in my life I was actually very hostile to the idea that Genesis 1-11 was even remotely true! In fact, in thinking about the few years prior, it was clear that I was on my way to becoming an atheist. But suddenly I just knew that it was all true. That’s where the faith part comes into play. Just as suddenly as I had earlier discovered my skepticism about the Bible, at that moment, just as suddenly the skepticism was gone! However, as someone trained in science, I knew that if the Bible (particularly Genesis 1-11 and other places that talk about the physical world in miraculous terms) was true then there had to be evidence that supported it so I started looking. There is! In every. field. of. science! Not many weeks after I was brought, against my will, to this point I realized that my baptism experience had been the result of a false conversion as a very young child. I confessed my sin, repented of it, and placed my faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection to pay the death penalty for it all, so that God could declare me not guilty of it. Over the next few years I even discovered evidence in the piedmont soil that I was mapping that has no satisfactory explanation in naturalistic science. I was seeing, within and at the bottom of soil that had supposedly formed in place over millions of years from weathered bedrock, layers of rounded gravel, and that gravel was unrelated to the geology below. And it was everywhere across the piedmont! I saw rounded sand grains under a microscope in samples that I had taken from soils in the upper piedmont just below the North Carolina mountains. I even began finding round gravel and cobbles in soil in the mountains (!) that were supposedly much older than the soil in the piedmont. My geology training told me that the fact that they were rounded meant that they had been transported and deposited by water and, therefore, the soils they were found in didn’t weather from the bedrock underneath. Weathering features in the round gravel indicated that the mountain gravels were the same age as those found in the piedmont, meaning that they had been deposited at the same time. There is no explanation for those facts other than that found in Genesis chapters 7 and 8. Years later I wondered what would happen if the gospels were treated the same way that the police treat eyewitnesses to a crime. That is, they interview them separately and combine the statements, and in doing that the discrepancies disappear. Would that happen with the gospels? I did that for the narratives about the birth of Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection, and his teaching about his return, all of which contain a Lot of discrepancies, and published it in a book that’s available on the book page. This has already been a very long post so I’ll stop now. But please come back because I promise that what you’ll read here will surprise you. I can’t prove scientifically that the Bible is true. But short of its truth there is no scientific explanation for what I and many others have seen and learned. You’ll see that science can’t prove historical events. Scientists can only collect facts, such as rock samples, fossils, etc. (as far as geology is concerned) related to the natural history. But then they have to interpret the facts, and what they believe about the past, their bias, predetermines how they interpret the facts. Unlike evolutionist scientists, I admit my bias. See you soon.

Author: Everett Coates

Received a BS degree in geology (minor in Soil Science) from NC State University (1975). Worked with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, as a private soil science consultant, and with Wake County (NC) Department of environmental Services as an Environmental Health Specialist, Soil Scientist, and Environmental Engineer until retirement in 2016.

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