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Check Out Our Trip to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum!

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Credit – Ken Ham’s Facebook page

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Credit – Ken Ham’s Facebook page

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Credit- Ken Ham’s Facebook page

Our family travelled to Kentucky in the USA this summer to visit the brand new Ark Encounter andย Creation Museum. What an incredible experience! If you get a chance to go and to take your children, I would certainly encourage you to visit. Ken Ham is head of both of these attractions and head of www.answersingenesis.org which is a Christian apologetics ministry that defends the Christian faith and has answers for the questions believers and atheists may have – especially about the first 11 chapters of Genesis.

GOD’S WORD VS. MAN’S WORD

Over and over, in the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, we were challenged to compare and contrast God’s Word vs. man’s word. In our culture, we face the same temptation Adam and Eve did. The enemy still whispers, “Did God really say…?” And he tries to get us to replace God’s wisdom and His truth with man’s wisdom and his deceptive lies.

Ultimately, we must decide – will we believe our holy God or will we believe sinful man?

There is real geologic, biological, and genetic evidence for creation, for the worldwide flood of Noah, and for all people being descendants of Adam and Eve – if we are willing to set aside popular atheistic assumptions.

At the Creation Museum, they talk about the 7 C’s of God’s eternal plan:

  1. Creation
  2. Corruption (rejection of God’s Word > sin)
  3. Catastrophe (the flood)
  4. Confusion
  5. Christ
  6. Cross
  7. Consummation (heaven)

All of us, including our 9 and 14 year old children, were thankful to get to listen to the various speakers’ presentations at The Creation Museum and to see the films there. They explained the limitations of carbon dating and contrasted the assumptions that atheist evolutionists use vs. the assumptions creationists use to interpret scientific data. They emphasized that “your starting point determines your ending point” as far as how various scientists interpret the same information based on their belief systems. We read every exhibit and were challenged to think about things in new ways about creation and the flood in light of Scripture and scientific evidence. I’m so thankful that when science is handled well, it always confirms God’s Word – after all, God created all of the sciences, too!

The ark was massive – about the size and scales of our modern ocean-going freight ships! It was incredible to stand beside it. The content manager did a great job of explaining how Noah would have been able to fit all of the animals he needed to bring on the ark and explained various ways that Noah may have managed cages, water storage, food storage, and handling of waste.

We spent a day at the ark – which is built to handle 2 million visitors per year. It had a 1500 seat restaurant that was almost to capacity the day we were there. The staff were all very friendly and polite – and so were the other visitors. Then we spent 2 days at The Creation Museum. We all felt it was time well-spent. Our children even said as we left, “That was the BEST vacation we have ever had!”

You may also find resources at www.answersingenesis.org.ย We invested in the Answers books and DVDs that address many common questions about creation vs. evolution and about the flood and listened to all 3 DVDs on the way home. I hope you might read some of the materials found on this site and carefully, prayerfully consider them in light of the Bible. Only believe what you believe the Bible confirms.

VIDEOS BY CREATIONISTS AND CREATIONIST SCIENTISTS from www.answersingenesis.org about creation, evolution, the flood, dinosaurs, etc…

REMINDER:

Tickets are selling quickly for my first conference in Branson, MO the weekend of August 5-6th. ย If you are interested in going, please go ahead and purchase your ticket. The special rate for rooms at The Comfort Inn are only available if rooms are reserved by July 29th. (More info available on the Eventbright site about how you can call the hotel for that rate.)

NOTE:

I am not going to be engaging in any debate about the age of the earth or about evolution right now. Thanks for understanding. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a lot on my plate these next few weeks. But, feel free to address any questions or concerns to Ken Ham’s site. Most questions have already been addressed by their posts and videos.

 

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It is difficult to appreciate the size of this true-to-scale Noah’s ark replica in pictures

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See the people below the ark in the above picture?

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Inside the ark – examples of how oil lamps may have been used for light

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The 200 year old trees that were used for the central supports in the middle of the ark

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Examples of ways that Noah and his family may have stored food and water

 

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The remaining pictures are from the gardens at The Creation Museum

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inside the Creation Museum – a discussion of how creationists and evolutionists examine the same data but interpret it differently

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depiction of Adam and Eve with the serpent above them

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“Sin changed everything” so now the world is no longer a safe place – but, later in the museum, the gospel is clearly presented and the hope that is available in Jesus is shared so that weย might all experience restored paradise with Christ in heaven!

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Check Out Our Trip to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum!

  1. This is actually near me. I hope to go sometime but am disappointed at hos costly it is….and you gave to add in a meal if youre there sll day. Wish they wouldve made it more available to all.

    It lookd really beautiful on the inside!

    1. Tickets, parking, and meals at The Ark are about the same as Great America, and much less than Disney. I think the prices are about what would be expected for a full day experience for the family. If you consider what it costs to staff, curate and heat the buildings, much less the initial $$ to design, build and write the curriculum, you could see the costs require a comparable ticket price.

    2. Cs,

      Something that does help a bit is that you can get a combo ticket for the ark and museum that is good for 1 day at the ark and 2 days at the museum. So you can pay $60 per adult and spend 3 days at the two attractions – which is quite a bit less per day than many other family attractions.

      There is also something mentioned on the site about special discounts available at the gate for local residents. So that would be something to look into, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

      They did spend $100 million on the ark and have – I have to assume – hundreds of employees to run the facilities. So – it was no small investment that was made. But I would hate for anyone not to be able to go because of the price. I wonder if there are ways to win tickets locally on Christian radio stations or if there may be help available for those with financial difficulty? That may be something about which to call and inquire.

      It was extremely beautiful, and these are just a few pictures.

      Much love to you!

  2. I already plan on going heading up North for a Wedding and I pass through Kentucky on the way there and back. I’m very interested in this and will more than likely make a stop there and spend a day.

  3. My stepson and daughter-in-law have visited this place. As they live in Dayton, Ohio it was a little easier for them. Maybe we’ll go with them and their daughter someday!

  4. I would love to go and visit! But im in Australia and would cost a good $30,000 to get my whole family there. (9 kids) lol. Nice to know a fellow Aussie thought it up though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ken Ham originated from Queensland, about a 24 hour north, non stop drive from Victoria, where i live. I can dream though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Anon M,

      That would be quite an expensive trip! I am thankful that Ken Ham has numerous free resources on his website that we can all access – if we have internet. That is a blessing. And how amazing that he is from Australia like you are. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love that!

  5. I am happy to hear this educational ark is opened and doing the job of educating people. I have been blessed by Ken Hams ministry here in Brisbane Australia and heard him speak a number of times as a child. I have considered his ministry to be part of the important makeup of a strong foundation for my faith that has brought me through a high school and university education with a strong grasp on biblical truth. We recently has a story about Ken Ham and this ark on Australian tv that painted him as a lunatic and an idiot. It was sad to watch. May God bless the work that has been done and may it not have been done in vain.

    1. Charli,
      Thank you so much for sharing about your experience. Yes, may God use Ken Ham and many other believers to infuse biblically sound doctrine and teaching into our churches and believers who have been so contaminated by worldly, godless ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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