As a Christian, I believe the Bible to be the Word of God and accept God as the ultimate authority in all things. I have faith in God to believe Him when He says He sent His only begotten Son to the earth to die as a substitute for me and to be resurrected on the third day. Once one acknowledged that part of the Bible, believing the rest of what God has said is relatively easy.
That at brings me to the story of Noah and his ark Found in Genesis 5-9. The Bible treats this as a true story (put references to Noah’s ark in the Bible here) so unless I am willing to call God a liar so must I. The world (and many who call themselves Christians) like to mock Noah’s Ark as a myth by claiming that a wooden ship described in Genesis could never house all the animals of the world for a year. I will collect information here to demonstrate that the description of the ark in Genesis is completely plausible.
Photos of my trip to the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Ark Encounter at Williamstown, KY.
Construction of Ark
In the February 2014 debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, Bill Nye cited the Wyoming, a large wooden schooner, as a proof that the ark could not have been built. He pointed out that this ship twisted and turned in rough seas and went down with all hands. He claimed that if a ship built by the best ship builders of the early 20th century couldn’t build a seaworthy ship then Noah certainly could not have. Here are a couple problems with this argument.
- No one knows the skill set of Noah or those he may have hired to help with building the ark.
- The Wyoming sailed successfully for 15 years before sinking while the ark only needed to survive about seven months. So, the Wyoming is actually evidence that a large wooden vessel can be successfully built.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_(schooner) for details on the Wyoming.