You have no doubt been wondering what it was like inside of Noah’s Ark, and how it contained a breeding pair of all the world’s animals — including dinosaurs. Now, at last, the truth is revealed.
This information comes to us from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), an on-line ministry which is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG also created and operates the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — the North American Mecca for the mindless.
Hambo’s latest is at his personal blog: Ark Exhibit Coming. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Visitors to the Creation Museum have been asking about the large structure they see under construction at the side of the Creation Museum.
This structure is a full-scale model of one bay in Noah’s Ark, like the one we will be building in Williamstown, Kentucky. Various exhibits will be placed in these bays as people walk through the Ark. This structure is only one bay of one floor (it has a mezzanine level).
The picture of the “large structure” at Hambo’s blog looks like that “one bay in Noah’s Ark” is about the size of a walk-in closet for a lady with a lot of clothes, and it has an upper level where she can store her winter wardrobe. Even with two levels, it’s little more than a big closet. Hambo continues:
Imagine two more bays stacked on this one and about 40 of these for each floor — you’ll realize how big the Ark structure will be and how much room we will have for exhibits to teach the truth of God’s Word and the gospel. There will be a total of over 130 bays in the Ark.
Wowie — the Ark had the equivalent of 130 walk-in closets. Plenty of room! Let’s read on:
When it is finished in a couple of weeks, there will be a number of signs installed to help people understand the size of this one bay in relation to the size of the whole Ark. Yes, Noah’s Ark was huge!
Huge indeed! We Googled around and found many estimates of the number of animal species in the world. Depending on definitions, there are somewhere between three and thirty million animal species (we’re ignoring the plants). If we also ignore about 20,000 species of fish, which presumably survived without Noah’s help (if we overlook the problems encountered by fresh and saltwater fish in one global ocean) that’s still a lot of land-dwelling critters to fit into only 130 bays in the Ark. Even if Noah only needed to save a representative sample of each animal “kind,” there still seems to be a problem.
Well, it’s not much of a problem if we consider how few animals were known to the authors of the bible. According to Wikipedia, there are only 120 animal species mentioned in scripture (see Animals in the Bible) and you can see a list of them here: List of animals in the Bible, which includes the Leviathan and the Unicorn. So Hambo’s 130 bays might have seemed sufficient to people who didn’t know about things like penguins, kangaroos, lemurs, and
three-towed three-toed sloths.
Hambo wraps up his post with this:
Make sure you come and visit the Creation Museum soon and take a look at this Ark bay!
If you go, dear reader, take a good look and let us know what you think.
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