Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis (AiG) saw his 12-year dream come to a reality on July 7th with the opening of the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. Ham has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through evidence, science and examples. He opened the Creation Museum in 2007, where millions have visited to research questions regarding Creationism.
The Ark replica was built to the dimensions and specifications described in the Bible. Skeptics have argued a boat large enough to house all the animals needed was not possible. They have also argued it would not be functional.
Lieutenant Commander James D. Ertner, a 40-year naval architect and marine engineer, was presented with Noah’s story in Genesis years ago. Curious, he wanted to know if the measurements and proportions of the Ark were structurally feasible. In his research he discovered the following: “God told Noah to use a length-to-depth ratio of 10 to 1. Later shipbuilders would learn only by hard experience that such a ratio can accommodate these (wave and wind) stresses.”
Knowledge that has taken modern man decades and lives to discover, God imparted to Noah 5,000 years ago. When man dismisses the Bible, trying to be god himself, he robs himself of the perfect knowledge of God.
Ham’s Ark displays that there was plenty of room to carry the animals, as well as the water and food needed. One must remember that Noah did not need to save every variation of a species. He just needed to save one pair of every kind, from which all others descended. It is ironic, and telling, when evolutions reject this concept, as it is a form of “natural selection”. As all races descended from Adam and Eve, and then Noah’s sons and their wives. These teachings are consistent with each other and the Bible.
The first level of the Ark is dedicated to a representation of how the animals, food and water were stored. Levels 2 and 3 also include displays regarding the Biblical account leading up to the flood. Other exhibits present scientific evidence corroborating the flood and answer key questions both believers and non-believers have. There is also a display documenting the hundreds of civilizations all over the world that have a “Great Flood” story in their culture.
Into the 1900’s, the Bible was required, or at least included, reading in schools. Colleges and Universities, such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown, were started not by academia, but by churches. They promoted education, free thought, and civil discussions.
According to FreeRepublic.com, “Of the first 108 colleges and universities founded in America, 106 where founded as Christian schools. Of the first 126 colleges, 123 were Christian.” They continue, in 1892, “The American Teachers Union declare that schools should continue to teach morals from the Bible as schools are turned over to the various States from the Christian Churches. Prior to this, many schools had been run by churches of various denominations. Many state Constitution’s mandate the teaching of morals, religion and knowledge.”
Over the past 100 years, Progressives have succeeded in shutting down all discussion of God, religion, morals, and even free thinking. Knowledge is not what you discover anymore, but what you are told to think. Nonconformists and skeptics are shunned while believers are ridiculed. Yet Christians are supposedly the exclusive, bigoted ones.
Science is the research of all evidence, examining for yourself facts and data. Conclusions should be drawn on these elements, not political agendas. AiG has presented the information and facts regarding Noah, the Ark and the truth of the Bible. Unfortunately, many “highly educated” people will dismiss it all without even the courtesy of a visit.
This Ark exhibit, like the Creation Museum, shows how science and evidence actually supports the Bible. Inaccurate and false data, along with propaganda from those such as Bill Nye, the “Science” Guy, are also addressed and corrected.
But don’t take my word for it. Study the evidence yourself. The information is there for those who wish to exam it.
We owe Ken Ham a world of thanks for helping the conversation between Creationism and Evolution continue. He is standing up for our First Amendment rights, for both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. As a modern day Noah, he continued to build the Ark despite the criticism, mockery, and disbelief. He is weathering the storm. May he inspire us to respectfully push back on those trying to not only deny us those rights, but imprison us for not surrendering them.
Knowledge comes not from limiting yourself to that which you agree, but exploring that which you don’t.
But that’s just my 2 cents.