Here is a link to a yahoo news story of the opening of the ark and we will only highlight a few points that bother us:
Ken Ham had the massive ship built to match the dimensions set out in the Bible. The entire project is expected to cost $100 million.
“The message that we have — it’s making the Bible come alive, really. By building Noah’s Ark, we’re saying, ‘This really happened. This is plausible,'” Ham told “Nightline.”
Really? Since when do replicas say something really happened? That logic can be used to say that the evolutionary process developed life. You want to make the Bible come alive–live the Christian life correctly and honestly.
According to Ham, his ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. “It gets bigger and bigger. When you get inside, it gets bigger again,” he said.
How can you replicate something when you do not know the actual measurement of what you are duplicating? No one knows the exact size of the ark because no one knows the size of the cubit Noah used to measure the dimensions of the ark.
One of Ham’s biggest critics is Bill Nye, an evolutionist who is known as the television personality the Science Guy. He dismissed Ham’s creationist exhibits as biblical propaganda. Nye said dinosaurs died out long before human beings ever came along.
“I can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt. That is what’s very troubling. Allosauruses and humans did not live at the same time. Teaching the earth is 6,000 years old is completely wrong and inappropriate,” he told “Nightline.”
Nye is wrong. He can’t prove it.
“It’s just inappropriate. To me, [it’s] a clear violation of the First Amendment, for crying out loud,” Nye argued.
How is it a violation of the 1st amendment? Christianity is part of free speech and is not outlawed by the constitution.
Admission to Ark Encounter will be $40 for adults and $28 for children, and Ham said he expects that fascination with Noah and his ark will result in 1 million to 2 million visitors in the first year.
That won’t be me. That is too rich for my wallet. I wonder about the poor people who want to see the ark but can’t because the admittance fee is so high. I guess Mr. Ham only cares about rich people hearing the gospel. I guess he wants to pay off his loans in the first year and reap only profit the rest of the time. This does not help his anti-money motivation argument.
Does he have discounts in place for the middle and poor classes of people?
“We really do believe that if we build it, they will come. And they’re going to come,” Ham said.
That is not a Christian teaching nor even close to one. The idea comes from a secular movie, a Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams, not the Bible nor Jesus. Why is Mr. Ham compromising himself with using such unbiblical ideas to promote the Gospel? We do not see that being taught in scripture at all.
It is philosophies like this that cause us and many people to wonder about this project, Mr. Ham and AIG and their purpose.