On March 16, Doug and I and our friends, Pat and Adrian, visited the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, to view and tour the full-scale replica of Noah's Ark that has been built there.
|The Shuttle Bus from the Parking Lot to the Ark|
|Inside the Ark|
|Pat & Adrian (left) and Doug & Linda (right) inside the tall door that can be seen at the top of the ramp in the second photo above|
|Pat & Adrian on a ramp between levels in the Ark|
One of the exhibits in the Ark is entitled "Fairy Tale Ark." It provides a word of caution regarding how the story of Noah and the Ark is presented to children. With cartoon-like characters and with no mention of sin or past and future judgment, we could be unwittingly teaching children to disbelieve the Bible.
The sign on the wall in the Fairy Tale Ark exhibit, framed by the serpent, says "If I can convince you that the flood was not real, then I can convince you that Heaven and Hell are not real."
|There are many exhibits depicting how the eight people on the Ark might have worshiped, worked, and lived during the year that they were confined to the Ark as they waited for the flood waters to recede.|
|An Artistic Depiction of the Rainbow Covenant |
(God's promise to never again destroy the world in a world-wide flood)
The photo above is of an oil painting depicting the Last Supper in the style of Aboriginal Christian Iconography. The "U" shapes represent people, the mark of a person after sitting in the sand. The cross in the center represents Jesus.
In Noah's day, the world had become so wicked and sin so rampant that God decided to send a flood to destroy "both man and beast, creeping thing, and birds of the air...But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." God gave explicit instructions to Noah regarding the building of an ark that would save Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their sons' wives, in addition to pairs of every kind of bird, animal, and creeping thing on earth.
A Holy God must punish sin, but He always offers a way of escape. As there was only one way to be saved in Noah's day, so there is only one way of salvation today, and that's through faith in God's own Son, Jesus. Jesus temporarily set aside the heavenly glory He had with His Father, to come to earth in human form and offer Himself as the only sacrifice that could redeem sinners. Anyone who places his trust in Jesus and His substitutionary death for us on the cross will be saved from the future judgment of eternity in hell.