Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a miracle of God’s financial provision. The crowds that visit them show their popularity. That caused the Ken Ham group to twice receive an award for increasing tourism in their area. Yet the Ark Encounter project is often attacked by atheists. Besides the fact that they don’t like the message, one of their complaints has to do with the finances. For example, a comment on ‘Ken Ham and the Ark Project’ states (among other things) that, Atheists do not care how others choose to waste their own time, but they do care how others abuse tax breaks designed to help projects that contribute to society as a whole.
Does Ken Ham abuse tax payers money?
To set the record straight, the following:
- Kentucky has a tourism tax incentive designed to attract business to the state. Basically it means that for the first ten years, if a business meets certain requirements, the 6% sales tax charged for things like tickets, food and souvenirs is paid back to them.
- It seems as if it was a terrible sin with the Ark Encounter. Such was the outrage that Americans United (an atheist organization) convinced the governor to retract their tax incentive. That caused the Answers in Genesis group to go to court. They won the court case, since the government had no right to discriminate against any organization based on their beliefs. So even as a basically Christian project, they are entitled to the incentive.
- This logically caused atheists to insist that tax money is abused in the case of the Ark Encounter. Curiously enough, Americans United conveniently overlook that contributions to them are tax deductible. ‘By AU’s own logic, it is being subsidized by the Government!’ 1
- In addition no tax payer money was used to construct the Ark Encounter project. ‘All the funds for building the Ark came from our supporters who made donations (about 43,000 people/families) and other supporters who funded the bond offering.’ 2
- One of the reasons for these attacks is that the message of the Ark Encounter is based on the events described in Genesis 6-8. God sent a universal flood because of the evil of that generation. God called Noah to build the ark to escape the flood. The Ark represents Jesus who saves from the coming destruction of the world.
- According to the comment, the Ark Encounter does nothing for society. So atheism, which basically leaves people to live as they wish, is the answer. If strange faiths and beliefs take over the nation, that is nothing. Just live as you like and it is fine, as long as you don’t hurt people.
- Contrary to that, people like Ken Ham evangelize through the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. They bring the good news about the Kingdom of God that will be established on the new heaven and earth in future. One has to prepare for that, and part of it is living the way God directs through the Bible. That is the sin.
- Atheists claim they don’t believe in God, but for some reason they can never leave the Christians, the Church, God and people like Ken Ham and his Ark Encounter alone. They claim that Mickey Mouse and Superman is as real as God. But they don’t wage war against Mickey Mouse and Superman. Ask Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation for examples of how they squashed any belief in Mickey Mouse and Superman in the schools!
- Jesus explained the hatred of atheists when He said to His disciples, ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.’ 3 The haters of the Ark Encounter prove that the Bible is true and accurate. No wonder that millions over the world put their faith in God’s supernatural Word.
- Americans United Group Twisting Truth Once Again, by Ken Ham on February 5, 2017
- Ken Ham, Atheists Taking Over the Ark? Time to Debunk More Lies!, May 30, 2017, Answers in Genesis
- John 15:18-19