This post is a fine companion to one we wrote at the start of the year: ICR Denounces Noah’s Ark Game. But this time the fire and brimstone aren’t coming from the Institute for Creation Research.
Now it’s the turn of Answers in Genesis. As you know, AIG is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Look what we found at ol’ Hambo’s personal blog: “Bathtub Arks” Are Dangerous. Dangerous? What’s the danger of a “bathtub ark”? Is Hambo worried that a kid might eat one? Well, no, that’s not the problem. Here’s what Hambo has to say about such things, with bold font added by us:
Many times over the years, I have warned parents about using pictures of what we call “bathtub arks” with their children. Such pictures, usually with giraffes sticking out the top in a small unrealistic boat overloaded with animals, are sadly the norm in many Christian children’s books that deal with the topic of Noah and the Ark. I have warned parents that such pictures are “cute but dangerous.” Why?
Again we see that ominous word, danger. Well, your Curmudgeon doesn’t hide from danger, so let us boldly proceed with Hambo’s article:
The secularists do all they can to mock God’s Word and in an effort to capture the hearts and minds of children so they will not believe the Bible and its saving message of the gospel. The secularists accuse Christians of believing fairy tales if they accept the Genesis account of Creation, Fall, and Flood as written — as true historical records. And really, when we allow children to think Noah’s Ark looked like one of these “bathtub Arks,” we are reinforcing the false idea that the account of the Ark was just a fairy tale.
By golly — he’s right! The Ark wasn’t meant to be a toy in a bathtub! Let’s read on:
Over the years, I’ve found many churches have “bathtub arks” depicted on the walls of their kindergarten area, in their children’s Sunday school classrooms, etc. In my writings, I plead with leaders in the church to remove these — what I consider to be dangerous to the spiritual well-being of children.
Wow — kiddy pictures of the Ark are literally “dangerous to the spiritual well-being of children.” We can’t imagine what Hambo thinks of Santa Claus.
Hambo has a picture at his blog of the sort of illustration he has in mind, but it’s probably best if we don’t copy it — it might corrupt you. He continues:
We need instead to show children that Noah’s Ark was a real ship — a great ship — with plenty of room to fit the land animal kinds, and seaworthy to survive a global Flood. That’s why at Answers in Genesis and in our materials, we show Noah’s Ark according to the dimensions in the Bible and as a real seaworthy ship:
Hambo is right. Everyone else is wrong. It must be nice to be so holy. Here’s how he finishes:
Let’s make an effort to “sink” the “bathtub arks” and make sure we use it as an illustration of a real ship of biblical dimensions.
We agree with Hambo. After all, Noah’s Ark is one of the most sacred objects in all of Christendom. Go forth, dear reader, and tear down the false images! Burn them! You know it’s the right thing to do.
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