The people who gave America the Creation Museum are planning to give another gift to the world. Answers in Genesis is planning to construct a replica of Noah’s Ark in Kentucky. According to Mike Zovath, a senior vice president of Answers in Genesis, the exhibit will “present accurate, factual biblical information to people about a subject that they’re really interested in.”
According to a news report published in The New York Times, the full-size replica of Noah’s Ark will have real animals and actors who will portray what happened at the time of the flood. The animals, including small giraffes, will be kept inside the Ark. According to Mr. Zovath, there is a reason why they will have only young giraffes:
“We think that God would probably have sent healthy juvenile-sized animals that weren’t fully grown yet, so there would be plenty of room. We want to show how Noah would have taken care of them, taken care of waste management, taken care of water needs and food needs.”
In addition to a replica of Noah’s Ark, “The park will include a 100-foot Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village and a journey through the Old Testament, with special effects depicting Moses, the 10 plagues and the parting of the Red Sea.”
The project will cost $150 million and will be completed by 2014.
The people who sponsor the Creation Museum believe that the world is six thousand years old and that creation took six actual days of twenty-four hours each. This commitment to the literal interpretation of the creation story in Genesis 1 is commendable, but it is a misguided commitment.
The people of Answers in Genesis are committed to the literal interpretation of the Bible but they are also committed to the almighty dollar. No one spends $150 million without expecting a profit in return.
Personally, I believe that projects such as the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter bring ridicule to the community of faith. People who reject the message of the Bible do not need a theatrical presentation to convince them to give their life to Christ.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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