Biblical Bust: Builder Of Noah’s Ark Exhibit Blames Non-Believers and “Fake News” For Failure

The giant replica of Noah’s Ark built by Creationist Ken Ham appears to be a failure on a truly biblical proportion.  Built with contributions from public funds, Ham is  blamed the dismal sales of “intolerant secularists” and the media who have spread lies about the attraction. It is a curious excuse since the Ark is symbol of ignoring doubters and critics to prevail with divine intervention.

Ham explained “Sadly, they are influencing business investors and others in such a negative way that they may prevent Grant County, Kentucky, from achieving the economic recovery that its officials and residents have been seeking . . . Why so many lies and misinformation? Simply because we are in a spiritual battle, and the intolerant secularists are so upset with such world-class attraction like the Ark (and Creation Museum) that publicly proclaim a Christian message . . . They will resort to whatever tactics they deem necessary to try to malign the attractions.”

It appears that the media is also conspiring against the attraction: “Nowadays, it seems very few reporters in the secular media actually want to report facts regarding what they cover as news.  I’ve found that not only do these kinds of reporters generally do very poor or lazy research, they will actually make things up for their agenda purposes.”

It has been reported that the Ark was billed as likely to attract as many as 2.2 million a year.  After a year, visitors have reportedly reached barely one million.  Local businesses and politicians have complained that the attraction has produced little of the local benefits that were promised.

However, Ham insisted that the project has been a local bonanza for business and has indicated other large Christian themed enterprises.

 

In the end, Noah was 500 years old but still was able to find favor above his many critics:

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

60 thoughts on “Biblical Bust: Builder Of Noah’s Ark Exhibit Blames Non-Believers and “Fake News” For Failure

  1. One million visitors a year is a failure? If those numbers are true then they were counting on two million plus? Sounds like the estimates scammers pull out of thin air any time they are pushing for mass transit.

  2. The major problem with the flood story, is that it involves an illogically complicated method for killing everyone off. An all-powerful God could just have the wicked drop over dead. With a lot less work than calling forth a flood. But the flood story raises a lot of practical questions. Where did the water come from? Where did it go? If water was just willed into being, it would have to be done in such a way as to preserve the angular momentum of the aquasphere (no huge tsunamis). And …. there are millions of species of insects, to say nothing of higher animals. Way too many to fit onto that outsized wood boat in Kentucky. And how would the whales have been carried on board? Or was all aquatic life left alone?
    And then there is the problem of explaining away the similarities to the Epic of Gilgamesh.

    • Jay S – there are flood myths in about 30 different cultures around the world, including South America. As an agnostic, I have no skin in the Bible game, but I do follow Biblical archaeology and the latest is that Noah’s flood is actually when the Med broke into the Black Sea. There are flooded villages, etc. that have been found. I will agree that whoever wrote Genesis ripped off the Epic of Gilgamesh. However, the Jews were held captive in Babylon long enough to have heard and modified the story.

      • Almost right. There are no flooded villages. The majority of the content of the books of Moses long predate the captivity. In particular the incorporation of Gilgamesh elements long predates that event. Presumably travelers from the east brought parts of the story.

        • David Benson – you need to read a book call Who Wrote the Bible? The actually writing down of the stories was not until after the Babylonian Captivity. Everything before that was oral history, just like the Illiad and the Odyssey.

            • David Benson – what is interesting is there are two versions of everything in Genesis, including Noah’s Ark. According to scholars there are are at least 4 different writers of Genesis, when they wrote it down. Pick up your Bible and see if what I say is not true.

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