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Creation Museum breaks ground on Noah's Ark project
It is the first sign of large-scale construction activity at the site in Grant County since plans for the 510-foot long biblical ark were announced by Answers in Genesis in 2010. The project had been delayed when private donations did not keep pace with the construction timeline.
"They're doing all the site work now to get the spot ready," Michael Zovath, the project's coordinator, said Thursday. Zovath said heavy machinery will eventually push away about a million cubic feet of earth and rock to make way for the 200-acre ark site and parking lot.
Ham has said the ark will be built to the dimensions described in the Old Testament story. In it, Noah is summoned by God to build a wooden ark and gather pairs of all the world's animals to protect them from a worldwide flood....
CircuitRider wrote: Why build one at all? Jesus answered Dives who thought his brothers would be converted if someone rose from the dead... (Luke 16:31 NIV) "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'" Do we really think people are going to be genuinely converted because of a replica of the ark? Use the money to spread the gospel, not a gimmick. Remember the lesson of the Gospel Blimp.
There is more to this "picture" than our opinions of how others spend their money.
AIG is all about pointing people to the reality of the very first chapters of the Bible in Genesis being literally true (foundational to the Truth and Trustworthiness of all of Scripture), will this project aid or hinder people from believing this? As a preacher I am not bothered there will be, God willing, a full sized representation of the Ark people can see with their own eyes any more than churches having a full sized cross in their sanctuaries
full sized Ark full sized Cross really don't matter so much in themselves as what people do with them and what really matters so much more is what we do or don't do with the Bible
Why build one at all? Jesus answered Dives who thought his brothers would be converted if someone rose from the dead... (Luke 16:31 NIV) "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'" Do we really think people are going to be genuinely converted because of a replica of the ark? Use the money to spread the gospel, not a gimmick. Remember the lesson of the Gospel Blimp.
"why build another one?" Because America needs to be evangelized as well. I don't think that it will necessarily be the end product (the completion of the Ark) that we should focus on, rather the process. We hope that the Ark is completed but sometimes what is more important is the process. God is more concerned with our faithfulness. Ironically, the one nation on earth that has been so richly blessed is one which has forgotten the One who has blessed it.
In a way I agree with Mike... Reason being, how many millions of dollars are being spent on this? Think of how many lives you could save by donating that money to dig wells in Africa so people could have clean water. Or giving that money to missionaries who are giving up/risking their lives to spread God's Word to every tribe and nation. Shouldn't that be our main priority? To reach every tribe with The Good News, not something "big, new, and attractive"? Sure there could be some great outcomes from this, but there would be even greater outcomes if that money was spent a little more wisely. Not being rude or saying anybody is in the wrong.
Mike, one never knows what will be accomplished through it. Even if people don't actually end up going there, you don't know how God will use it as a tool for evangelism. Even high profile characters such as Nye and Dawkins have contributed to its promotion. People will be curious about it and those who are being drawn by the Spirit will be led to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is the Great Commission, after all. And America is one of the biggest mission fields around.