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Like Timothy (Acts 16:1), I was born to parents who did not share a common faith.
My mother’s family had a rich Christian background. Her grandfather was Dr. John B. Hardeman, a prominent Christian physician who lived in Henderson, Tennessee.
Mother’s uncle was the celebrated N. B. Hardeman, co-founder of Freed-Hardeman University and one of the renowned preachers of his day. Her parents both attended the school in Henderson.
On the other hand, my father professed no religious affiliation at all. He once told my mother that he did not know whether or not there even is a God.
I saw him reading the Bible only one time in my life. I never heard a prayer escape his lips and the only time I ever heard him use the name “God” was in profanity.
I hope I’m not misunderstood. I loved my dad very much. He was good to me in ways physical and material. He taught me moral principles pertaining to hard work and honesty in dealing with others, though he could not explain why those qualities were better than laziness and thievery.
Once as a child I heisted a small wooden hammer from a young family friend. Dad gave me a moderate fanny-warming, and made me return the “loot,” and apologize to my friend in the presence of his whole family.
I provide you this background so that you may know that as I matured, I wanted to know the truth. Who is right? Dad or mom?
Is there a God? Has his will been revealed in the Bible?
After becoming a Christian at the age of seventeen, I began an earnest investigation of the Scriptures. I wanted to know if the Bible, to which I’d committed myself on the basis of faith, could stand the most rigorous investigation.
Would the many historical, geographical, and scientific issues touched upon within those pages pass the test of critical examination?
I must find out!
I thus began to build a library of scholarly books in defense of the Bible’s claims, and a sizable collection of books designed to undermine the integrity of the Scriptures.
I determined I would know the truth about this matter, no matter where the “chips” fell.
With the passing of the years I have become convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that the Bible is absolutely the perfect word of God.
I firmly believe the original autographs were verbally inspired and that, as Jesus said, “scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), though many an infidel has broken himself into pieces attempting to prosecute a case against the Bible.
In 2009, I compiled more than forty years of notes and study into a book containing some of my research.
In this book, I have sought to function as a defense attorney against the prosecutorial chicanery of the anti-God community.
They have put the Bible on trial. I have ventured to defend it. You must be the jury.
Some of the material has been published before. Some of it is new. All of it together, I truly pray, will bless many who honestly seek the truth in the years that lie ahead.
— Wayne Jackson