“Ark Encounter is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen.*”
This past weekend, Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I took a road trip with about 190 of our closest friends to board (wait for it…)
We all filled three charter busses (some drove) and made the 6-hour pilgrimage to northern Kentucky.
On Saturday morning, we loaded up and visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.
After visiting the museum, we attended a devotional and finger-food fellowship
On Sunday, we all filled up the church to worship and enjoy a delicious fellowship meal (thanks so much, Grant County church cooks!). We then boarded the busses and drove to the Ark.
One of our ministers, Kyle Massengale, said that he was “awestruck” when he first saw the Ark from the entrance. “We could see the Ark in the distance on another ridge, and [our tour guide] asked us to estimate the distance between where our bus was located and the Ark. Some travelers were guessing 300 yards, and some said maybe a thousand yards, but when he said that we were over a mile and a quarter from the Ark, it was just overwhelming to then understand how large and massive the undertaking was.”
Kyle noted that the trip was very faith-validating. He said, “With Christianity being on attack at every turn, it seems, having a trip like the creation and Ark event really solidifies faith and shows that the Bible is consistent with science and the things we know concerning our world today.”
“510 feet long, 51 feet high, and 85 feet wide.*”
My take-away from the museum and Ark information:
While creationists and evolutionists are given the same evidence and facts, they approach them with two vastly different world views.
If you approach the facts (the fossils and other evidence) with a belief that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God, then the evidence unequivocally points to the universe being designed and created by God. However, if you are an evolutionist, the facts are skewed in a different direction.
Both world views require faith. The decision is ours. One of our members is a nuclear physicist who received his PhD from MIT. His career includes the Los Alamos National Laboratory & NASA. He was an atheist prior to a lovely story of his conversation in college. He points out that if we believe in God, then our world has meaning. If we believe in atheism, then we are just a bunch of molecules thrown together that react to stimuli, just like lumps of coal in a camp fire.
* SOURCE: https://arkencounter.com/exhibits/
What a “private” Ark room may have looked like.
Huge wooden beams down the center of the Ark.