By Paul Bawden
On July 7 the Noah’s Ark Museum opened in Williamstown, Kentucky. The $100 million project was built by Answers in Genesis. Ken Ham is the President. Answers in Genesis believes that the Bible’s account of Noah, the Ark, and a world-wide flood actually happened a number of years ago. The Ark is built to the biblical specifications of 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It is the largest timber-frame structure in the world, full of world-class exhibits designed to answer one’s questions about the biblical account of Noah’s Ark.
Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy, visited the Ark Encounter at the invitation of Ken Ham. Bill Nye, at one time, had a children’s television show entitled, “Bill Nye The Science Guy.” He has promoted science education and more recently climate change. Nye doesn’t believe that an ark filled with pairs of animals once floated on a world-wide flood. He has described his religious views as agnostic. In fact, in 2014, Ken Ham and Bill Nye debated at the Answers In Genesis Creation Museum.
Ken Ham wrote on his Facebook about the visit, “Bill challenged me about the content of many of our exhibits, and I challenged him about what he claimed and what he believed. It was a clash of world views.”
“It was a clash of world views.” That is really what was happening as Ken Ham gave Bill Nye a tour of the life-size ark. But questions like these arise: Was there actually a man named Noah? Was there an ark of the biblical description? Did a flood actually happen?
Obviously, different answers can be given to these questions, and those reading this article may have different views on Noah, the ark, and the flood. But I would like to refer you to the words of Jesus Christ, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:36-38).
So what do we conclude from these words of Christ? He believed that Noah was a real person, the ark actually existed, and there was a real flood. Shouldn’t that settle the questioning and unbelief? Jesus Christ is the God-man, He knows all things, and He can’t lie. Still, to many, the account describing Noah, the ark, and the flood is a nice story or a myth. Some even would doubt Jesus Christ’s existence. Regardless, the denial or doubting of Christ’s words do not in any way diminish His words that give historical credibility to the reality of Noah, the ark, and the flood.
In fact, the ark is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ’s person and eternal work. In the days of Noah, the wickedness on the earth was so great that the LORD in His love and justice had to bring His judgment on humanity and the earth through the flood, but He found one man and his family who believed in Him. The ark became Noah’s salvation, his place to be free from God’s judgment. After the flood, the human race continued through Noah.
Today, in the spiritual sense, all of us are under God’s judgment because of our rejecting Jesus Christ (John 3:17-18). Jesus Christ, however, still loves us, and through His death, burial, and bodily resurrection, became the eternal spiritual Ark for us by taking our judgment and providing us His eternal forgiveness and life. So the question to each of us is this? Am I in the Ark, Jesus Christ, or not? According to Jesus’ words in John 3:16, faith in Him gives the believer the eternal “Ark Experience,” a life of eternal meaning here with the promise, after this life, of living eternally with HIM. Choose well. Your choice is brief yet endless!
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