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A flood of guests expected as Noah’s Ark theme park opens in Kentucky

Answers in Genesis President and co-founder Ken Ham speaks during a press conference, ringed by supporters, before a ribbon-cutting event at the foot of the full-scale Noah's Ark replica at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (RNS) Ken Ham sees a parallel between the time of Noah in the biblical book of Genesis and today’s growing secularization of American culture.

So perhaps it makes sense that Ham’s Christian apologetics ministry, Answers in Genesis, has built an ark 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, based on the cubit measurements God gave Noah in the biblical flood account.

But while only eight people in Noah’s family climbed aboard the biblical ark, when the rain began to fall, on Tuesday (July 5) as if on cue, more than 8,000 people got a first look inside the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounter.

A young visitor observes an exhibit titled "Fairy Tale Ark" aboard the full-scale Noah's Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The exhibit displays toys and books recounting the biblical flood account as a children's story alongside the words, circled by a snake representing Satan, "If I can convince you that the flood was not real, then I can convince you that heaven and hell are not real." RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

A young visitor observes an exhibit titled “Fairy Tale Ark” aboard the full-scale Noah’s Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The exhibit displays toys and books recounting the biblical flood account as a children’s story alongside the words, circled by a snake representing Satan, “If I can convince you that the flood was not real, then I can convince you that heaven and hell are not real.” RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

The ark and 800-acre theme park officially opens to the public Thursday in northern Kentucky, 45 minutes from Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum.

Ham called the Ark Encounter’s opening “a historic event in Christendom” at the ribbon-cutting and preview Tuesday and predicted it would become “one of the greatest Christian outreaches of this era of history.”

The park’s centerpiece features three decks of exhibits explaining Answers in Genesis’ views of the biblical flood account and life-size figures depicting what life on the ark might have been like for Noah and his family — an extravaganza Ham described as “beyond Hollywood.”

The park also features a two-story restaurant, aerial zipline cables and the Ararat Ridge Zoo with goats, ponies, emus and more animals. The next phase of park construction likely will include a walled city “that takes you back to Noah’s day” with shops, restaurants and street performers that visitors will walk through as they approach the ark, said Michael Zovath, chief action officer for Answers in Genesis and project director for the Ark Encounter.

But the Ark Encounter is “not just for entertainment,” said Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis.

Supporters worship and take photos during a ribbon cutting event at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Supporters worship and take photos during a ribbon-cutting event at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

It’s to “proclaim God’s word and the gospel,” he said. It’s meant to show — in keeping with Answers in Genesis’ ministry, focused on issues such as creation, evolution, science and the age of the Earth — that the biblical flood account is historic and the Bible is true in regard to history and science.

“When people say, ‘What are you really doing here? What statement are you making?,’ well, you know, in a world that we see becoming very secularized before our eyes, it’s really time for Christians to do something of this size, of this quality, that competes with the Disneys and the Universals to get a message to the world,” he said.

That’s a mission and an interpretation of Scripture that the park’s first visitors celebrated at the preview event Tuesday, but it’s also a retelling critics call inaccurate at best and potentially harmful at worst.

“We share with the people at the Ark Encounter a belief in the Bible, but Answers in Genesis and Ken Ham do not speak for all Christians,” said Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos, a Christian ministry promoting an evolutionary understanding of creation.

The full-scale Noah's Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. At 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, based on the measurements in cubits found in the first few chapters of Genesis, the ark is the largest timber-frame structure in the world, according to the Ark Encounter. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

The full-scale Noah’s Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. At 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high, based on the measurements in cubits found in the first few chapters of Genesis, the ark is the largest timber-frame structure in the world, according to the Ark Encounter. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Rough waters

The park’s opening day — 7/7 — was chosen because Genesis 7:7 reads, “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.”

Employees have been working six days a week since April to finish by that date, Zovath said. There still is lighting and animal sculptures (eventually, the ark will hold 200) to finish, and the animal sounds and music that boom through the wooden structure have not yet been finalized, according to Patrick Marsh, vice president of attractions for the Ark Encounter.

That timeline isn’t the only challenge the park has faced: In 2014, the theme park was awarded, then denied Kentucky tax incentives, worth an estimated $18 million over 10 years, because Answers in Genesis requires its employees to sign a statement of belief. In January, it won a lawsuit to have those incentives restored.

The first phase of construction on the park cost $100 million (total costs will reach more than $150 million), funded through bonds and $33 million in private donations, according to Ham. Critics have balked at its use of taxpayer funds, but the Answers in Genesis president is adamant none were used for construction; rather, he said, those incentives will come as rebates on sales tax generated by the park now that it’s opened.

During a press conference ringed by cheering supporters, Ham said he believed the park was being singled out because of prejudice against Christians.

Tri-State Freethinkers, an area group advocating the separation of church and state, plans to picket the park’s opening for its “anti-science” mission and “discriminatory hiring practices,” as well as what the group calls the immorality of the biblical flood account, according to its website.

Inside the full-scale Noah's Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The building is the largest free-standing timber frame structure in the world, according to the Ark Encounter. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Inside the full-scale Noah’s Ark replica at the Ark Encounter during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. The building is the largest free-standing timber frame structure in the world, according to the Ark Encounter. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Biblical worldviews

And not all share the ministry’s beliefs — sometimes referred to as “young Earth creationism” — that the Earth is about 6,000 years old, that humans once lived alongside dinosaurs and that the six-day creation and flood accounts found in the first 10 chapters of Genesis are literally, historically true.

That reading of Genesis is important because, Ham said, “When you take away the foundation of the absolute authority of the word of God, then anything goes. … In other words, who draws the line?”

A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that 65 percent of Americans believe humans have evolved over time. That number jumps to 98 percent among members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, it said.

Those scientists say that the Earth is over 4 billion years old, that there never was a flood covering the whole Earth and that the variety of species today could not have descended from the animals on the ark. (Ham maintains that up to 1,400 “kinds” of animals were brought aboard the ark, with changes within those kinds over time leading to the diversity of animals we see today.)

On the ark’s third deck, a sign in an exhibit about the ice age points out that creationists and evolutionists look at the same evidence and draw different conclusions. The sign explains the difference between “the evolutionary worldview” and “the biblical worldview.”

But there’s more than one “biblical” worldview, say Susan L. Trollinger and William Vance Trollinger Jr., professors at the University of Dayton and co-authors of the book “Righting America at the Creation Museum.”

Life-size figures of Noah's son Japheth and his wife "Rayneh," who is not named in the Bible, show what life may have been like on Noah's Ark in the living quarters of the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounter, during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Life-size figures of Noah’s son Japheth and his wife “Rayneh,” who is not named in the Bible, show what life may have been like on Noah’s Ark in the living quarters of the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounter, during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

“Young Earth creationism holds sway in fundamentalism and in a good part of evangelicalism,” said William Vance Trollinger Jr. But it was popularized among Christians in 1961 with the publication of “The Genesis Flood” by the late Henry Morris and by John Whitcomb, who attended Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting.

Haarsma said she worries Answers in Genesis builds an atmosphere in which Christians feel they have to choose between Bible and science, between belief in God and the natural world. While Ham points to anecdotes of people turning to faith after confronting the evidence from Answers in Genesis, Haarsma said BioLogos has stories of people turning away after confronting evidence to the contrary.

“We see the natural world as God’s creation, so we can celebrate the Big Bang and evolution as discoveries about how God created this world,” she said.

Supporters watch on the big screen as several men blow shofars at the foot of the full-scale replica of Noah's Ark during a ribbon cutting event at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Supporters watch on the big screen as several men blow shofars at the foot of the full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark during a ribbon-cutting event at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Flood of guests

But those at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting and park preview — accompanied by hymns, shofar blasts and a marching band — were either members of the media or supporters who had donated toward the construction of the Ark Encounter.

America’s Research Group estimated the park could attract up to 2.2 million visitors in its first year, perhaps doubling attendance at its sister attraction, the Creation Museum. ARG’s research also indicates more than 40 percent of those visitors may not even be Christians.

“Even if they don’t share our biblical view,” Ham said, “they can’t help but be impressed by the structure, the craftsmanship, the attention to detail in the world-class exhibits inside. And — who knows? — maybe they’ll be challenged to even talk about the Bible as we do.”

A diorama in the exhibit on the "Pre-Flood World" aboard the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounterimagines the "descent into darkness" of society in Noah's time that led God to judge the world with a flood in the biblical flood account during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

A diorama in the exhibit on the “Pre-Flood World” aboard the full-scale replica at the Ark Encounter imagines the “descent into darkness” of society in Noah’s time that led God to judge the world with a flood in the biblical flood account during a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

The animal sculptures were a hit with Michigan couple Holger and Lindsey Spiewak’s seven children. They especially liked the dinosaurs, they said.

And 8-year-old Merrick Spiewak said, “I think it’s really cool because the people looked really real.”

The Spiewak family has been following the ark’s construction for the past seven years, Lindsey Spiewak said, but “to see it come to life and be real life is amazing.”

“We came up on the hill where the ark was sitting,” she said. “It just took my breath away, and I had tears in my eyes because, wow, this was real. It’s a piece of history. I just think it’s so cool.”

Ark Encounter donors Steven (left), Veronica (right) and Apphia (center) Gutierrez traveled from California to attend a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Ark Encounter donors Steven and Veronica Gutierrez and their daughter, Apphia, traveled from California to attend a preview of the park on July 5, 2016, in Williamstown, Ky. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

Steven Gutierrez, who came to the park from California with his wife, Veronica, and their young daughter, Apphia, said he first had discovered Answers in Genesis’ ministry a few months after becoming a Christian. Gutierrez, who had lots of questions, found its resources helpful, and he said he hoped the exhibits aboard the ark also would help others.

“If there are people who are skeptical and confused,” he said, “a lot of their questions could be answered just by walking through the exhibits.”

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  • All those animals and they had time for flute playing? Ham’s next project is a 1/8th scale moon, made of cheese.

  • Hey, this latest article is a positive development, even for those people who don’t believe the Bible. It’s a change from all the various shootings, gay marriages, abortion gigs, political fights, etc.

  • Actually, this looks like a really interesting attraction–I’ll bet the people visiting it are highly entertaining, too. It’s no less fictional or ridiculous than Disney Land, and that sure worked out well!

  • Unless you are willing to overlook the grift of KY taxpayers used to fund it. Plus how profits are going towards destroying science education.

  • Most states don’t have big oil-fields or Silicon-Valleys to ease the budget crunches.
    So they’ve got to find something else (like big tourism dollars), or else just keep on limping and scraping from year to year.

    And whatever solution a state settles on, it’s going to cost the taxpayers of that state big time. (Nothing comes up for free except crime.)

    Kentucky saw a big opportunity for big tourism dollars, and they took it.
    By the way, does Kentucky prohibit the teaching of evolution in public schools? If not, then nobody is “destroying science education.” Simple as that!

  • May this monument to willful ignorance and stupidity help accelerate the decline of Christianity.

  • Except that Disneyland with their talking dogs and mice don’t pretend to be true.

  • Wonderful opportunity to prove that the ark story is false by proving it is impossible, physically impossible. Challenge them populate the ark. Lets see, 7 pair of all clean animals which includes cattle, sheep, goats, antelope, deer, bison, buffalo, yaks, wildebeest, etc. There are 90 species of antelope alone, plus 38 species of deer. Let’s say for argument sake there are only 200 species of clean animals. 200 species times 14 gives us a herd of 2,800 to house, feed and care for for a year. Birds were also brought in 7 pairs of each. With over 10,000 species of birds times 14 gives us a flock of 140,000 birds to be housed, fed and cared for for a year. Of course the birds of prey and vultures will have to be fed other animals which will also have to come on board and cared for until time to eat them. Unclean mammals only require one pair each but there are more than 5,000 species so that is another 10,000 mammal. Many of the mammals are carnivores so we will need thousands more animals on board for the carnivores to eat. Two of each and that is a lot of lions, tigers and bears. And some animal are huge. Currently there are only two species of elephants but there was once over 300 species of elephants, so the ark has to carry 600 elephants plus a years worth of food for 600 elephants. Now for reptiles there is only one pair per species but there’s currently more than 10,000 species so at least 20,000 reptiles plus a years supply of food. I am not going to even consider amphibians or insects. So if these crazy ark people want to convince people that the story of Noah’s ark is true, ask them to show and explain how all those animals along with a years supply of food for each fit in and on the ark.
    Oh,
    I just remembered, there were over 1,000 species of dinosaurs and since
    theese wacko ark people believe that dinosaurs were around at their flood
    they would have had to bring 2,000 dinosaurs aboard.

  • If there is a village from Noah’s time does it fill with water and drown everyone? That seems sort of counterintuitive to me.

  • You know what brought billions of dollars in tourism and tax revenue to a whole bunch of states, without a tech hub or oil wells, without costing taxpayers one penny, nor involved state sanctioned hiring discrimination?

    Marriage Equality tourism.

    Instead of trying to attack gay people and their civil liberties, treating them well and catering to them as customers. Instead of denying goods and services to gay couples who are married or seek marriage, encouraging them to buy in the state.

  • Or you could expose the tourists to cholera brought on by herbivore poop impregnating the hull after 3 days at sea.

    Plus why is Ken’s ark boat shaped? It was never meant to travel the sea, just stay afloat. A square hull would have held more and been easier to build.

  • I am an atheist and retired scientist. Other than fighting to ensure that these non-scientific ideas stay out of classrooms, I wouldn’t waste my time picketing or paying them any attention. They have the right to their beliefs.

  • True so long as they are only being promoted as a belief. These “Answers in Genesis” idiots are not doing that. They are promoting this to impressionable children as historical fact and that my friend is dangerous and very very wrong.

  • I wonder why the exterior is already stained so bad. Is it mildew already? Looks like they screwed up with that sheeting and it’s coating in some way…

  • So if it’s okay with you to bring in the tourist $$$$ by *dissing* the Bible, what’s wrong with bringing in the tourist $$$$ by *affirming* the Bible?

  • floydlee, what a dishonest comment you just made. Spuddie’s comment was not about dissing the bible. Also, rather than “affirming”, how about you provide some proof for the zany claims of the so called museum described here.

    Some honesty on your part would be a change.

  • The girls are there to reinforce the evilness of the female human. You know, the temptress, deceiver, liar, etc. Christianists, especially the mullahs like Ham, the Green family, and false prophets such as F Graham, Dobson, etc., are really focused on the female’s inability to behave herself and be trusted because all women are really wanton harlots who trick males into sex, then cry rape. Plus, any sex at all, except what heterosexual males do, is evil.

  • It’s only being “dissed” for ignorant semi literate bigots. But generating income by extolling unconditional love of thy neighbor is as Christian a business plan as you can get.

    As for the anti science boondoggle being built, the problems are rife. Huge public cost, flagrant hiring discrimination, fictional estimate of projected tourist revenue, and the perpetuating of hogwash to the public in supporting creationist drivel. Creationism disses the Bible by compelling it’s adherents to bear false witness in service of Protestant belief.

  • That’s what it looks like. I would not be surprised if Ken Ham inflated the construction budget to investors, and used cheap substandard contractors. The guy makes a living spinning ridiculous nonsense to the public for personal profit.

  • rep·li·ca
    ˈrepləkə/
    noun
    an exact copy or model of something, especially one on a smaller scale.
    “a replica of the Empire State Building”
    synonyms: copy, carbon copy, model, duplicate, reproduction, replication; More
    a duplicate of an original artistic work.

    But “…Ken Ham speaks during a press conference, ringed by supporters, before a ribbon-cutting event at the foot of the full-scale Noah’s Ark replica at the Ark Encounter on July 5, 2016,…” it sez here.

    Hunh?

    -dlj.

  • Spuddie,

    You didn’t like that subsurface bulb at the, uh, front, just like on an oil tanker? They didn’t get around to putting a propeller on it, but where would you have put the propeller on a square ark, Spuddie? Hunh? Where?

    -dlj.

  • This dumb Ark will destroy Christianity in 10 years – thank goodness and thank reason!
    One question to Google kills off its credibility:
    “Where did all the water go?”

  • Yes, Spuddie’s comments fully entail a diss on the Bible. But he’s sincere in what he said, that’s not the issue.

    The problem is that Gay Marriage is an automatic 100 percent diss of the Bible (and of God too ), every single time, period. If you’re asking for honesty, then THERE’S the honesty !!

  • Unconditional love tells the biblical truth concerning the rightness or wrongness of gay marriage for this nation and its future.

    Being truthful might cost some tourism or corporate dollars, but Christians worship God not Dollars. It is what it is.

    P.S. Noah’s Ark is the truth as well. At one time I thought you atheists and your political allies would defeat the Noah’s Ark theme park, but apparently God ran you guys off the road or something. Too bad too sad, boys !!!

  • There is nothing wrong with gays getting married. There is something wrong with attacking people. Especially if you are spineless enough to use religious belief as an excuse for it. There is nothing about love in discrimination and malice. In fact rejecting such things brings wealth to many. Very Christian in nature.

    Being truthful has never been part of your POV. Creationism is making nonsense up to cover up a lack of trust in your own faith. Its not science. Its not honest religious belief. Its simply a way to pretend your belief really isn’t based on faith. Which it totally is. Ham’s Creation Museum in the same state is already in major financial decline. This one is sure to follow.

  • ‘Gutierrez, who had lots of questions, found its resources helpful, and he said he hoped the exhibits aboard the ark also would help others. “If there are people who are skeptical and confused,” he said, “a lot of their questions could be answered just by walking through the exhibits.”’

    Or he could try attending an actual school, not a religious nut’s ridiculous theme park.

  • but which would have been easier to clean? at least in a non-square hull, all that p*ss and sh*t would drain into a channel rather than pooling everywhere, saturating the woodwork and probably risking a power outage as the waste soaks into the electrical works. And life would have been mighty darned unpleasant for Noah and the boys if they’d had to feed and clean up after all those animals in the dark.

  • The problem is that Gay Marriage is an automatic 100 percent diss of the Bible (and of God too ), every single time, period.
    As is religious freedom in general.

  • Lord Christ is a killer of unborn baby, baby, and children. No Christian can point their finger toward Planned Parenthood after I learn Noah flood was to kill all the humans on earth that mean unborn baby, baby and children. Lord Christ is evil killer of unborn baby of millions back that the time of the flood. God step in and stop the flood before it kill all the humans on earth. The flood was to kill all the Jewish people on earth leave one Christian family Noah family. If all the humas was kill by Lord Christ the only religion on earth would have been Christianity. “Entryway Into Yesteryears”.

  • Lord Christ is a killer of unborn baby, baby, and children. No Christian can point their finger toward Planned Parenthood after I learn Noah flood was to kill all the humans on earth that mean unborn baby, baby and children. Lord Christ is evil killer of unborn baby of millions back that the time of the flood. God step in and stop the flood before it kill all the humans on earth. The flood was to kill all the Jewish people on earth leave one Christian family Noah family. If all the humas was kill by Lord Christ the only religion on earth would have been Christianity. “Entryway Into Yesteryears”. I can destroy right now.

  • Lord Christ is a killer of unborn baby, baby, and children. No Christian can point their finger toward Planned Parenthood after I learn Noah flood was to kill all the humans on earth that mean unborn baby, baby and children. Lord Christ is evil killer of unborn baby of millions back that the time of the flood. God step in and stop the flood before it kill all the humans on earth. The flood was to kill all the Jewish people on earth leave one Christian family Noah family. If all the humas was kill by Lord Christ the only religion on earth would have been Christianity. “Entryway Into Yesteryears”.

  • Lord Christ is a killer of unborn baby, baby, and children. No Christian can point their finger toward Planned Parenthood after I learn Noah flood was to kill all the humans on earth that mean unborn baby, baby and children. Lord Christ is evil killer of unborn baby of millions back that the time of the flood. God step in and stop the flood before it kill all the humans on earth. The flood was to kill all the Jewish people on earth leave one Christian family Noah family. If all the humans was kill by Lord Christ the only religion on earth would have been Christianity. “Entryway Into Yesteryears”.

  • Nice math skills. Now, consider if the egg layers were brought onto the Ark as eggs and the live bearers were just babies.

  • Why consider eggs when that is not what the bible says? And how would Noah know the sex of the birds in the eggs? Besides, bird eggs hatch pretty quickly and they were on the boat for a year so you would still have all those birds long before the end of the year. And live bearer babies? What would they eat with no mama’s milk?

  • Acceleration of decline of Christianity can only take place when people on their own stop being aware of biblical teachings and such unawareness is enforced by Atheists, Secularists, Muslims or other kind of neo-paganism.

  • Reason is telling us that Americans killing each other, committing suicide, dying of drug overdose, killing police officers, dying of AIDS is much higher after prayer and teaching Bible based morality was taken out of public schools.

  • Secularists and atheists who don’t believe in the Bible are getting ready to destroy the whole world. Russia has developed nukes that only one of them could wipe out the state of Texas. Now just think of what the entire Russian, Chinese, and American nuclear arsenal could do to the entire human civilization without hope of re- populating our planet earth.

  • Your point make no sense if you don’t include that we have many races of people and that in the ark should had been a pair of humans of each race.

  • The ark would make no sense if God did choose and guided the animals to the ark as God explained Noah that they would board the ark.

  • Secularists and atheists who don’t believe in the Bible are getting ready to destroy the whole world. Russia has developed nukes that only one of them could wipe out the state of Texas. Now just think of what the entire Russian, Chinese, and American nuclear arsenal could do to the entire human civilization without hope of re- populating our planet earth.

  • A science that is turning kids to later become killers of fellow citizens of of police officers and a science that is teaching them to propagate HIV and AIDS to other people.

  • Marriage equality equal demographic suicide to be re-populated by ISIS sympathizers believing in killing homosexuals, alcoholics, drug users and Christians alike the way we are having in France, Belgium and Germany.

  • “Bible Based Morality”
    Garbage. There is no morality in the Bible stories. Besides, crime has dropped 200% in the last 20 years – so stop making up scary nonsense. AIDs is lower.

    If prayer led to good things IRAN and PAKISTAN would be the happiest places on earth. Get real!

  • That was one of the dumbest thing I have read all month.

    Didn’t realize the population of closeted gays who have married heterosexuality and sired kids was so large as to be demographically significant. /sarcasm.

  • You are communicating with me by smoke signals? Science is useful. Dishonest religious apologia is not.

  • Just look at steep decline of the birth rate of second and higher generation of people Societies believing in same sex marriage; you are going to find that they are societies engaging into biological and demographic suicide just to be replaced by a less educated foreign labor just like California, France, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium etc.

  • Secularists and atheists who don’t believe in the Bible are getting ready to destroy the whole world. Russia has developed nukes that only one of them could wipe out the state of Texas. Now just think of what the entire Russian, Chinese, and American nuclear arsenal could do to the entire human civilization without hope of re- populating our planet earth.

  • Science is useful as long as it is not used as a means to violate rules of human behavior taught in the Bible or by Jesus. Otherwise, get prepared to be nuked out by secularists and atheists that don’t believe in Jesus’ teachings regarding how humans should interact with each other by having the city where you live targeted for destruction or just wait to be in the red list of an ISIS sympathizer that never read any of Jesus’ teachings if you happen to use a microphone while you are videotaped saying something very nasty about their religion while talking in public to a group of people.

  • The tin foil hat is on a little tight there. That was very amusing. But I think its time to take your meds.

  • Gay marriage is the reason straight couples have less children in the developed world?!?!?! I think its time to swap out the hamsters running those wheels in your head.

  • Which meds do you recommend so people don’t keep in mind that atheists and secularists are preparing themselves to nuke each other out? What meds do yo recommend so people don’t get concerned about getting in terrorist red list for saying something insulting to their religion? Obviously, no one should take meds for being afraid of those that preach love and prayer for their enemies and turning the other cheek instead of attacking an enemy.

  • So you wish people to take anti-psychotic medications so we could ignore what every person could read in the news paper or watch and hear in the news media? It is no wonder that you don’t want to believe a story with a very bad ending for many bad people about 5,000 years ago. If you don’t want to believe that bad people doing bad things today will surely have a bad ending in a near future, how could you believe that bad people doing bad things 5,000 had a bad ending then? Thanks for the Thorazine offer: I am afraid that it is you and your atheists friends really needing it.

  • Update – The ark park is an epic flop. When hardly anyone came even for the “grand” opening day, it looked bad, and sure enough, since then, the parking lot is just about never more than 20% full. Here are a couple links. Kentucky taxpayers paid for this guy’s funda-mental-ist ministry, and now they are paying the price. The second link even has video, taken by Ken Ham, of the lack of people there. It’s painful to listen to him say stuff like “oh, I’m sure more will be coming soon….” http://freethoughtblogs.com/axp/2016/07/08/ken-hams-ark-encounter-hits-iceberg-of-reality-on-maiden-voyage/ and http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/07/22/ken-ham-isnt-a-big-bad-ogre-why-i-feel-bad-about-ark-encounter/

  • So what do these ” rules of human behaviour” say about slaves again? Remind me too what a rape victim must do to her rapist? Is there a particular size of stone I should use on my neighbour who’s always working on the sabbath or can I just get a big bag of pebbles from the DIY store? I er, forget!

  • It just no prayer; it is the values of the person praying, the Bible says that for God to hear prayers this has to be done first: Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
    when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
    8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
    then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
    9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
    “If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
    10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
    then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.

    The problem with those that pray a lot in Iran and Pakistan, they cannot read and teach to others that book stating those things above because they would be executed.

  • Matter does not disintegrate and self destruct into nothingness because the the subatomic particles such as the neutron, the proton and the electron are subject to physical laws of attraction that they follow.
    The Bible says that the Creator of the atom making up physical matter became human flesh so as to teach us by words and examples spiritual and moral laws that would prevent the human race form destroying itself. Those spiritual and moral laws well documented in Matthew 5:43-48 and Matthew 19:18-19 tell us to do the following: to abstain from hating anyone, to abstain from killing other people, to abstain from practicing sexual perversity, to abstain from stealing, to abstain from making false accusations against any other person, to be proactive in dealing with our father and mother in an honorable way and being proactive in loving all other people as we love ourselves. Any society that would encourage disobeying one of those cardinal laws given by Jesus will evolve into a society where all those laws will finally end up violated by most citizens and such society will end up in self-destruction. Syria, Afghanistan, Milwaukee etc. are places where we are able to observe society self-destruction because of a blatant disobedience of Jesus’ teachings.

  • It’s a shame those “Spiritual and moral laws” don’t say anything about not raping other humans or not keeping human beings as slaves or not treating women as second class citizens isn’t it?
    In the book I read your Jesus didn’t give any laws he “came to uphold” the old laws of Moses and Leviticus. So tell me. What size stones should I use on that blasphemous nurse who keeps working on the sabbath?

  • It’s just a sad thing how non believer’s will just try to hurt believers to try and make them as miserable as they are.
    I’ve always wondered, what does a person get if he stops believing in God?
    I guess an unexplained life, reasons to kill, rob and destroy. Since my truth is as good as your truth I could kill thousands and it wouldn’t matter even if I get the death penalty.But, with an uncertain death, the “what if” is something that usually scares the wits out of non believers and pretending Christians.
    Yeah, If believers dies and they are wrong, “Oh Well.” But, if a non believers dies and they are wrong, OOPS!
    I’ve heard everything like, Where’s the proof of a God? What will you except?
    If there was a creator there would be evidence, again, What would you except?
    I think that if you are looking, You will find God. If you don’t he will not impose on you. Remember free will? Will to live with him or without him, no pressure. God doesn’t want anyone that doesn’t want to give their whole life to him.

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