Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis (of the Creation Museum) are building a full-sized replica of Noah’s ark, in Northern Kentucky. They were initially supported by the governor, but their support was revoked, urged on by some atheist groups.
The Answers in Genesis website explains that the group, American United, even asked some pastors to unite with them to oppose Answers in Genesis.1 Why would pastors (who are supposed to love the Lord) oppose the building of the ark, which is a major teaching of the Old Testament? Why would atheists worry about such a project?
While atheists in general hate Jesus and oppose the Gospel, there are various fundamental reasons why they are hostile to the building of the ark (in Genesis 6-8 the whole episode of the ark is explained):
- The ark represents salvation by Jesus. The inhabitants of the earth at that time, influenced by the devil, became increasingly wicked. It was more than God could bare, yet they represented the ancestors of the coming Saviour. So God had to preserve a remnant. Fortunately He found it in Noah and his family. 2
- Ridicule of Noah. Noah built for many years, preaching through his project. One can imagine how they made fun of him when he tried to explain why he was building such a massive boat, probably quite a distance from the sea! Since the water would come to the boat, not the boat to the water, it was quite logical that he built near a good supply of wood.
- Universal judgement. Why would unbelievers in our time still oppose the building of a life sized ark? It is because it conveys the message of universal judgement. An unbeliever does not like the message, because he subconsciously fears that event. The chilling future judgement is described in the last book of the Bible, And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and the books were opened.3 In the books are written what we did while alive, ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.’ 4
- The mental health of atheists. On Judgement Day there will be gnashing of teeth, remorse and anguish. People who reject God and the Bible do not want to be reminded of that day. It is better for them to shove it out of their conscience. Yet the doubt lingers and that explains why the USA without a life sized ark, is better for the mental health of atheists.
Atheists refuse to believe there is a God. Yet for some reason, the message of the ark makes them very uneasy: judgment and giving account to God. This is an example of the double mindedness of atheists. If God is non-existent, why worry about what believers in Christ do?
- Ken Ham, Intolerant Pastors Unite with Secularists Against Ark Encounter, Many 5, 2015, Answersingenesis
- 2 Peter 2:5
- Revelation 21:12
- Hebrews 4:13