Friday, July 8, 2016

Noah's Ark replica built to exact dimensions in Bible opens amidst controversy

PHOTO: Christened the Ark Encounter, the replica is a US$102 million theme park which is set to open on July 7 in the US.
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For years, interest groups and archaelogists have scoured the highlands of Turkey in search of the biblical Noah's Ark, but academics quickly debunked any discoveries as hoaxes.



For years, interest groups and archaelogists have scoured the highlands of Turkey in search of the biblical Noah's Ark, but academics quickly debunked any discoveries as hoaxes.
PHOTO: For years, interest groups and archaelogists have scoured the highlands of Turkey in search of the biblical Noah's Ark, but academics quickly debunked any discoveries as hoaxes.
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This didn't stop one religious leader from rebuilding the fabled ark in Kentucky, US.

Christened the Ark Encounter, the replica is a US$102 million (SGD 137 million) theme park which is set to open on July 7 in the US.



One religious leader rebuild the ark in Kentucky, America.
PHOTO: One religious leader rebuild the ark in Kentucky, America. The replica is a US$102 million (SGD 137 million) theme park which is set to open on July 7, 2016 in the US.
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The ark is built according to bibilical dimensions, and stands at seven storeys tall and 155 metres long.

According to Sydney Morning Herald, it is also one of the largest freestanding timber-frame structures in the world.



The ark is built according to bibilical dimensions, and stands at seven storeys tall and 155 metres long.
PHOTO: The ark is built according to bibilical dimensions, and stands at seven storeys tall and 155 metres long.
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The exhibits inside the ark tell the story of Noah - alongside replicas of animals and dinosaurs.

Visitors tired from exploring the cavernous structure can dine at a themed restaurant, watch daily animal shows or even go on a zip line at the Ark Experience theme park.



Visitors tired from exploring the cavernous structure can dine at a themed restaurant, watch daily animal shows or even go on a zip line at the Ark Experience theme park.
PHOTO: Visitors tired from exploring the cavernous structure can dine at a themed restaurant, watch daily animal shows or even go on a zip line at the Ark Experience theme park.
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The story of Noah's Ark follows one man's quest from God to build a ship large enough to hold his family and two of every species of animals. The ark then protected all who were within from a massive flood which God unleashed on earth.

Traditionally, no dinosaurs were mentioned specifically in the Bible.



The story of Noah's Ark follows one man's quest from God to build a ship large enough to hold his family and two of every species of animals.
PHOTO: The story of Noah's Ark follows one man's quest from God to build a ship large enough to hold his family and two of every species of animals. The ark then protected all who were within from a massive flood which God unleashed on earth.
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The modern day religious leader behind this project is 64-year-old Ken Ham, founder of a ministry called Answers in Genesis.



The interior of the Ark.
PHOTO: The interior of the Ark. The exhibits inside the ark tell the story of Noah - alongside replicas of animals and dinosaurs. The modern day religious leader behind this project is 64-year-old Ken Ham, founder of a ministry called Answers in Genesis.
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According to Associated Press, Ham is a "Young Earth Creationist", a Christian who believes the world is only 6,000 years old. He also believes that dinosaurs once lived alongside men and that the evolution theory is false.



64-year-old Ken Ham, founder of a ministry called Answers in Genesis is a Christian who believes the world is only 6,000 years old.
PHOTO: 64-year-old Ken Ham, founder of a ministry called Answers in Genesis is a Christian who believes the world is only 6,000 years old. He also believes that dinosaurs once lived alongside men and that the evolution theory is false.
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Scientists have estimated the earth to be at least 4.5 billion years old and that dinosaurs were extinct around 65 million years ago.



Another of the exhibits inside the ark which tells the story of Noah
PHOTO: One of the largest freestanding timber-frame structures in the Ark
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While critics have slammed the ark as an embodiment of ignorance, Ham is confident that the theme park would "embolden many (Christians)" [give (someone) the courage or confidence to become Christian], he told CBS News.



Visitors tired from exploring the cavernous structure can visit the souvenir shop.
PHOTO: Visitors tired from exploring the cavernous structure can visit the souvenir shop.
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The controversy doesn't stop there.

On the employment front, there are complaints that only Christians can be hired and that each of them have to sign a "statement of faith".



Relaxing outside the Ark. Seats from nature.
PHOTO: Relaxing outside the Ark. Seats from nature.
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The ministry also received US$18 million in state tax incentives to build the ark, which to detractors, blurs the line between the church and the state.

Whichever camp you're on, the structure is definitely an impressive architectural site to visit.



An underside view of the gigantic timber-frame structures of the exterior of the Ark.


PHOTO: "This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high." (Genesis 6:15)
1 cubit = 1.5 feet = 0.4572 meter
That is, about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high

"Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks." (Genesis 6:16)
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A proposal to build a theme park that would feature a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark.
PHOTO: A proposal to build a theme park that would feature a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark.
Picture posted by Albert Mohler on 7 December 2010 - Who’s Afraid of Noah’s Ark?
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

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You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
PHOTO: "19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive." (Genesis 6:19-20)
Picture posted by Jonathan Leiter on 2 January 2015 - Noah (2014) | Adaptation Tribulation (a cause of great trouble or suffering)
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The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
PHOTO: "The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days." (Genesis 7:24)
Genesis 8:13-22: 13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.

14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22
As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.

Painting by Zachary Thomas Kinkade (Kinkadecapitola.com) - Noahs Ark
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