The search for Noah’s Ark may have resulted in tragedy according to a disturbing report from WorldNetDaily (WND), the creationist publication. It’s titled: Christian man vanishes in hunt for Noah’s Ark, and sub-titled: “All evidence of missionary disappears without a trace.”
Well! This is most intriguing. The last time we discussed one of WND’s articles about an Ark hunt was Dispute about Noah’s Ark Discovery, and today’s article involves some of the same players. As you may recall, there was a big controversy about whether the latest Ark find was real or fake. Now, alas, things may have taken a tragic turn. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[Jeremy Wiles, the] Jupiter, Fla., filmmaker can be described as a man of obsession – obsessed with Noah’s Ark since his childhood, and today obsessed with locating his friend and fellow ark hunter who mysteriously vanished on Turkey’s Mount Ararat in September, sparking the worst kind of speculation.
His friend “mysteriously vanished” on Mt. Ararat while searching for the Ark? We’re interested, so let’s read on:
“It’s feared there was an accident or he was murdered,” Wiles told WND. “I helped organize an expedition to find him, but he wasn’t discovered.”
Murder? Egad! We continue:
The missing man is 48-year-old Donald Mackenzie, a missionary from the small town of Stornoway, Scotland, nestled on the isle of Lewis in the country’s Outer Hebrides. He was said to be passing out Bibles in a small, Turkish village in the final days before his disappearance. “He was a devoted Christian who began searching for Noah’s Ark in 2004, the same year I started my search,” Wiles said.
What could have happened? Here’s more:
The lure of the most famous vessel in history was far stronger than any deterrent of fierce weather, and Mackenezie returned to the mountain last year, only to disappear without a trace, as no evidence of Donald, his tent or belongings were discovered. His last communication was from 14,700 feet on Sept. 28, as Wiles indicates “cell phones work on Ararat.”
Disappeared without a trace? How is that possible? Moving along:
What makes this more than just a typical “man lost on a mountain” story is the fact that Mackenzie was looking to verify April 2009 claims by Hong Kong evangelists that they had found the remains of Noah’s Ark on the mountain. … “He heard the Chinese had found the ark,” his mother said. “And you couldn’t keep him back. He was determined to go.”
We wrote about that reported Ark find. See WorldNetDaily: Noah’s Ark Found! But it was controversial. Another excerpt:
Wiles agrees with Donald’s mother about the bogus nature of the Hong Kong group’s discovery, telling WND: “There has never been any solid evidence provided by an independent group of scientists to substantiate their claims.
So why did Donald go to Mt. Ararat? And what became of him? On with the article:
[Donald Mackenzie's brother,] Derick Mackenzie, worries about something more sinister. “It would not surprise me if some undesirable types, such as Muslim fanatics, deliberately targeted him,” Derick told Britain’s Daily Mail. “We do know that some locals suspect foul play. The motive may have been religion or robbery. None of Donald’s equipment has been found. We know he may have been murdered or kidnapped, although it has been a while now and no one has come forward with a ransom demand.”
It would be indeed tragic if a noble Ark quest should have ended in Donald’s demise. One last excerpt:
Derick [the missing man's brother] noted that although this situation is very unpleasant, and does bring him down emotionally, there is one thing which always stops him from sinking into depression, and that’s his Christian faith. “Some people in this kind of situation become obsessed about finding the person, and it seems to consume their whole world, going into a state of denial. But I can say, that although I desire that Donald turn up, I can also say, that if it be God’s will that he is found dead, or even never found, I can accept that, and say, Amen. Only by God’s grace.”
Good attitude! There’s much more to the WND article, so click over there to read it all. As for Noah’s Ark, it remains elusive. Your Curmudgeon predicts that despite the current mystery, the great quest will continue.
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