Answers in Genesis: The Relevance Rooms

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Who among us doesn’t look back with fond nostalgia on the golden age of horror comics? Titles such as the one pictured above were eventually banned, but in your Curmudgeon’s case the ban came too late — much too late. MMMRRRRUUUHAHAHAHA!

We were naturally reminded of those beloved texts when we read this article from the creation scientists at Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. It’s titled A Tour of the Creation Museum: Biblical Authority and Relevance Rooms.

The Relevance Rooms? Yes — enter, if you dare! But first, click on this: Sound of evil laughter. Now you’re ready. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

One of the primary goals of both Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum is to emphasize the authority of Scripture in every area of life. Since the Bible is God’s Word, and since He cannot lie or make mistakes, then it follows that His Word is true from beginning to end. As such, the authority of Scripture is stressed at the Creation Museum very early in the walkthrough.

Only the bravest among you are still with us. That’s good. Let us continue:

After examining the two different starting points — God’s Word or man’s word — guests enter the Biblical Authority Room, which illustrates reasons why we should believe God’s Word to be true. … Six biblical figures are depicted in poses consistent with their descriptions in Scripture … . Opposite these figures are signs and a video designed to focus one’s attention on the Bible. The video ensures that people will be saturated with Scripture in this room.

That was the Biblical Authority Room. Let’s move on:

As guests continue toward the next room, they are presented with some of the many attacks that have been launched against Scripture. Far more than any other book, the Bible has been the target of skeptics and critics. These assaults against the Word of God began with the serpent in the garden. Since that time, God’s Word has survived attempts to question, destroy, discredit, criticize, poison, and replace it. One of the greatest attacks of our day centers on the biblical teaching about the age of the earth. Christians need to recognize that the teaching of millions of years is actually an attack on the Word of God and an attempt to undermine its authority.

A few of you have run away, screaming. Quite understandable. The rest of us will continue … into an even deeper chamber:

The Biblical Relevance Room shows the significance of God’s Word in our lives and includes a partial history of how the Scriptures have been compromised through the ages.

[…]

The final portion of the room shows how various people within the church have undermined the authority of God’s Word by attempting to harmonize it with ideas like millions of years and evolution. A video and three-dimensional display explains the catastrophic compromise that took place during the Scopes Trial and the efforts people have put forth to use this incident against biblical creationists.

We’re about to leave the Biblical Relevance Room, but before we do:

As visitors exit this room, they are left with a somber reminder of the dangers of compromising God’s Word with man’s ideas.

We’ll skip the paragraph about someone who abandoned his faith. It’s just too frightening. Here’s the final paragraph:

Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum call the church to a reformation — by making Scripture alone the authority for every believer’s life, including our understanding of history and science. The Biblical Authority and Relevance Rooms give visitors a vivid description of the importance of holding to the Bible as the ultimate authority in one’s life, which along with sharing the gospel is the main purpose of the Creation Museum.

The last sentence tells us that there’s more to come:

The next rooms will show some of the consequences of the compromise noted in the Biblical Relevance Room.

That’s where we have to leave our journey … for now. But there’s the dark promise of more to come. We’ll end with one more Sound of evil laughter.

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19 responses to “Answers in Genesis: The Relevance Rooms

  1. You find this scary? I find it hilarious.

  2. Poor Hambo, He isn’t even clear on who his enemies actually are. Science may seem threatening to career mystics, but K.H. knows he can’t hold his breath until progress halts. His actual nemesis is the the arrow of time, it only goes one direction and Ken would rather have it be a little more flexible. Possibly flexible enough to point directly backwards. Maybe the Hall of Hambo needs an exhibit declaring the evil of time itself (post genesis of course).

    Cheers

  3. I’ve wondered about this, just curious, not trying to promote a view:

    We know that God can do things like kill people and take away their property – things that if mere humans did them would be called murder and robbery. What is different about the divine correlate of human lying? In some circumstances, not telling the whole truth is, for humans, a small thing, nowhere near assault or theft; even, in some circumstances, it might be the right thing to do (not telling the bank robber the combination to the vault). What guarantee do we have that God may not tell us things which, while being technically false, are for our own good? (Maybe God knew that if He told us about heliocentrism, we’d end up with the atom bomb?)

  4. TomS, I guess it could be called the “Pearly Gate Prime Directive”

  5. It doesn’t say so on the sign, but on the map it’s marked as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_101"Room 101.

  6. doodlebugger

    “Disharmony Bronto steak ala Hambone”,

    This recipe was found on a 5400 year old cave drawing in Somalia last week;
    Lasso one of your pet Brontosaurii. Lead it over to the kitchen area.
    Slay the bronto with a sharp knife. Skin, gut and hang to cure off nearby cliffs. Butcher, focussing on flank steak area for a few choice cuts.
    Season, wrap in aluminum foil, bake at 350. (Save some choice tidbits for tyour pet sabre tooth cat). Serve with talking snake garnish.

  7. Toms S: What guarantee do we have that God may not tell us things which, while being technically false, are for our own good? (Maybe God knew that if He told us about heliocentrism, we’d end up with the atom bomb?)

    None. God of the Bible is deceptive.

    Genesis 2:17 [King James Version]: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    Adam ate it and lived 900 years. (Note that the New International Version doesn’t translate this as “day”, thus fundamentalists like its inaccurate translation.]

    Genesis 22:1–12: God said to Abraham, kill me a son. Abe said where you want this killin done. God said way out on Highway Twenty-One.

    Deuteronomy 13:3–4: “If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place…3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you.”

    Ezekiel 20:25–26: “I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by”

    2 Kings 10:18–19 (mass murder by cunning lies: “But Jehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the ministers of Baal.”)

  8. Charley Horse

    Some think that being a rabid creationist such as
    the Imported Ham should disqualify you from representing
    them. But not Georgia or the US House of Representatives.
    One noted Rep plans to run for the Senate…Paul Broun.
    He was also chosen to represent this country on the
    House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

    Just a reminder…he is a birther, racist, antiscience,
    antiwomen’s rights and a full blown creationist.
    He made quiet an impact stating that evolution and the big bang theory were “lies straight from the pit of Hell.” He proceeded to state his belief that the earth was “about 9,000 years old” and “created in six days as we know them,” according to the Bible.

  9. Room 101 indeed. Considering the Orwellian doublethink they go thru to keep their worldview justified to themselves I can understand why they want to inflict it on the rest of us.

  10. Well, from Ken Ham’s description, the next room should be the “Hitler was a Darwinist” room. On this topic, please see Potholer54’s video hilariously debunking creationists who fabricate Darwinist quotes and literally put them in Hitler’s mouth. A good laugh will help you to read Ken Ham’s coprolites without going insane.

    In that room they also have a crazy-person collage of newspaper clippings where they juxtapose headlines about evolution and headlines about gay people not being invisible.

    They really do teach kids that Darwinism will make you gay. Read the Epistle to the Romans Chapter 1; it actually does say that– or at least uniformitarianism makes you gay, anyway.

  11. I wonder in which room they’re going to hide their Tricaratops with the saddle seeing as how Hammy has denied that no creationist has never made the claim that dinosaurs were domesticated by humans.

  12. Ken Ham: “Since the Bible is God’s Word, and since He cannot lie or make mistakes, then it follows that His Word is true from beginning to end.”

    Well then, Mr. Ham, why is “His Word” so clearly contradicted by what we can plainly see in “His Creation”?

  13. Time to quote mine St. Paul: “Doth not even nature itself teach you…?”
    1 Corinthians 11:14 Just ignore the rest of the sentence :-)

  14. Exactly what were the catastrophic consequences, for creationists, of Scopes? They became objects of national ridicule, sure, but I seem to recall that the only influence the trial had was that the teaching of evolution went underground for the next forty years.

  15. The idea that God cannot lie does not make sense. It would mean that there were limits to his powers – he would not be omnipotent. Further, if he cannot do something as simple as tell a lie, it’s natural to wonder what other things he is unable to do.

  16. @Ed – An interesting aspect of theology is the constant need to revise and claim that the revision is not a revision but simply a revisiting. Perfection turned out to be a logical dead end that needed strict limitations. Omniscience as a parameter of perfection had to be pruned back in order to preserve the concept of free will (even for the diety).

  17. Ed, if you were ever to express that view to Ken Ham it would just confirm his view that we who were raised in the Methodist Church are just tools of the devil.

    “Verily I say unto you, The Truth is to be found in nature. The rocks and the stars do not lie.”

  18. Ed writes: “The idea that God cannot lie does not make sense. It would mean that there were limits to his powers …”

    Wait, I know this one! God whispers “I’m lying” to the android, and the illogical statement causes smoke to start pouring out of it’s ears. Good episode!