And 1849 Currier & Ives lithograph showing the tumult surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus. Note the crack in the ground before the cross, showing the earth releasing those who were dead because of the earthquake.
Most people don’t know that I took geology in college, not only did I take it though but tutored other students through the course. I’ve always had a love for rocks, but desired to understand what caused natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. I have always easily believed the Bible, and that strong belief was like a thorn under my skin when it came to studying science of any kind. It seemed so many in the science world were trying hard to get us to doubt the Bible and I was just stubborn enough to be the last man down if need be. So when I was told that I would have to take a science course with a lab, I wasn’t happy. I looked through the courses and read everything that was available on what the course entailed.
I knew I couldn’t do biology because I can’t stand the sight of blood, morally I don’t believe we should kill animals just so school students can cut them up. I believe animals should be killed only with two reasons in mind…protection from them, or for food. Last I faint the minute that any type of needle or knife goes into skin.
I just didn’t want to attempt chemistry. I had 4 kids at home and didn’t think I could even get the study time needed for chemistry, plus there was the problem that I would need to bring the 3 younger ones to class with me at times when my oldest daughter’s classes fell at the same time as mine. I could not see bringing my 3 rambunctious adopted daughters into a chemistry lab at all!
After much consideration it came down to geology. I spoke to the professor and he was actually excited to see my 3 daughter learning geology right along with me. He even offered to give them assignments and worksheets to count as homeschooling for them. Yes, I was going to college, working as a tutor and theater at night, and homeschooling 3 girls during the day. It took a lot of scheduling, and the help of my oldest daughter who was in college at the time too. In fact I went back to college at her request, so she wouldn’t feel so nervous about it, and so I could tutor through her hardest subjects. The only one who didn’t seem to be involved in this family educational venture was my husband (now ex husband). He didn’t mind how it worked for the rest of us, as long as he didn’t have to give up sports after work to help out with watching the girls. But that is a story for another day, for now we will return to geology.
The class was amazing, and not only because we studied rocks, but I found that my professor was a Christian and one of the few in the school that was willing to share his faith and how science proved the Bible over and over. He had a unique way of using visual lessons to teach about different things. That is probably what helped him keep the attention of the 182 students and my 3 daughters during classtime. He wrapped the whole class in a roll of toilet paper to show the expanse of known time according to scientific “theory”, and yes reminded us that he did not agree with this theory. He took every chance to share his faith and how science had actually proved it right over and over. He explained techtonic movement and the make up of the earth with a large watch, letting us know that how the continents were formed and how the makeup and movement of the Earth were more like a clock made by a master watchmaker. He explained how certain movements of the earth caused certain processes like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, which reacted much like the alarm on a clock when the inside mechanisms reached a certain time and released the piercing sound of a bell. When asked how he believed the earth was made, my professor went back to the clock and to a poster on the wall which showed the layers of the earth, the earth’s movements, and the creation of earthquakes and volcanoes. He went through each of the theories on how the earth developed. He made it clear that if you look at a watch you know that it just didn’t evolve into such a marvel of technology without the hand of a master watchmaker. He directed our attention to the poster and told us to think of how the earth works, and then how it and other planets orbit the sun without crashing into each other, and how their were millions of galaxies that had the same thing happening in them. He said do you think if gases formed and crashed into each other that what was formed from it would be able to just fall into such control and timing. I can tell you, there was never such silence in a classroom as there was that day…even my 3 daughters sat there quietly pondering what he was saying. That is when he said…”I believe that just like this clock had a master watchmaker who created it to work perfectly, there is a master creator who made the universe and the earth to work perfectly as well. He stated that he believed that geological science proves this…all branches of sciences in fact.
Near the end of our time in his class, my professor took us on a field trip to the San Andreas Fault, to show us how they study the movement of it, and are able to date when earthquakes have happened throughout history. He told us that they could take native lore and use core samples from the earth to date when geological events happened in any area of the world to show that the native lore was not just a tale but a story of an actual event in history. This article is just that, where geological science gives us more proof of an event mentioned in the Bible, once again proving the Bible historically accurate. They have been able to use core samples to put a date to the Biblical events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ, and the earthquake that happened at the moment when he died. Here is the link…enjoy!
Does quake reveal when Jesus died? – Technology & science – Science – DiscoveryNews.com – msnbc.com.