Today’s letter is being answered by Tim Chaffey. AIG doesn’t tell us much about him, but he has a listing at Amazon. That says he’s a staff writer for AIG, and he’s a graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. You can find the letter to AIG and his answer here: Feedback: You Need a Dumb 900-Year-Old Man to Build the Ark This is the question they received:
To make your Ark project authentic you will need a 900 year old with zero knowledge of boatbuilding and a maximum construction crew of 8, surely?
Here are a few excerpts from Chaffey’s answer, omitting his links and scripture references, and with bold font added by us:
First, please consider the following questions:
1. Why would we need a 900-year-old when Noah was only in his 500s as he constructed the Ark?
2. Why assume Noah had no experience in boatbuilding?
3. Why assume a maximum of eight people worked to construct the Ark?
Chaffey is no fool! Noah wasn’t 900; he was only in his 500s — in the vigorous prime of life. And why shouldn’t we assume he was an experienced shipwright with a vast crew of workers? There’s nothing in scripture to contradict those assumptions. Let’s read on:
We often hear from skeptics who seem to relish sending us snide comments about God’s Word and our efforts to proclaim the Bible as true from beginning to end. And while they never seem to tire of mocking God’s Word, it is ironic that they are merely illustrating what Scripture said they would do. [Scripture quotes about scoffers.]
See? It’s all true, even to the point of accurately predicting scoffers. Who cares if they have to interpolate a few facts here and there? AIG continues:
Let’s take a look at these specific claims because they give us an opportunity to clear up some misconceptions about Noah and to deliver some important teaching points regarding how to properly respond to someone who challenges our beliefs.
Oh goodie. We can learn about Noah, and also learn some creationist tactics too. Chaffey goes through the scoffer’s question phrase by phrase:
[From the question:] To make your Ark project authentic
[Chaffey’s response:] What do you mean by “authentic”? We do not claim that Ark Encounter will be a replica of the original Ark built by Noah since we don’t know exactly how the original looked. Genesis 6:14–16 gives us the dimensions and a few other details about the structure. We will carefully adhere to these specific instructions given to Noah while doing our best to represent how it may have looked based on extensive research of ancient shipbuilding. So there will be a high degree of authenticity in that sense.
Yes — AIG’s Ark will have “high degree of authenticity” — except that it’ll be on land and it won’t even float. Here’s more:
[From the question:] you will need a 900 year old
[Chaffey’s response:] Noah was not 900 years old when he built the Ark, although he did live 950 years. He boarded it in his 600th year, and he spent a significant amount of time in the previous century constructing the boat.
Scoffers often make this type of error. Rather than carefully checking the Bible, they frequently misquote Scripture or conflate ideas from the text. Thus, they mock a straw man of the text rather than the text itself. So whenever a skeptic appears to cite the Bible, be sure to double-check the text to see if it really states what the unbeliever claims.
Good point — creationists should always check the facts of those scoffers! Moving along:
[From the question:] with zero knowledge of boatbuilding
[Chaffey’s response:] Which chapter and verse did you read that told you Noah was ignorant of shipbuilding?
Uh … the same chapter and verse that told AIG Noah was a master shipwright? No. Instead, Chaffey cites other wonder-workers in scripture, whom God somehow enabled to perform their tasks. Okay, here’s the last point in the scoffer’s question:
[From the question:] and a maximum construction crew of 8, surely?
[Chaffey’s response:] Nothing in Scripture limits the construction crew of the Ark to eight people. But even if Noah only used eight people to build the Ark, why should we be limited to do the same? Noah obediently built the Ark “”for the saving of his household”” and the animals God brought to him.
Our Ark is being built for a different purpose. It will need to include facilities to accommodate the projected steady stream of guests. It will also have plenty of teaching points displayed throughout the structure utilizing modern technology because we desire to answer skeptical questions about the Ark and the Flood to show people that God’s Word is trustworthy.
That makes sense. Noah’s Ark could have been built by only 8 people, because all it had to accomplish was survive for a year through the greatest catastrophe in the history of the planet, while safely carrying breeding pairs of all the world’s land-dwelling species. Hambo’s Ark is merely being built as a commercial enterprise, so it’s quite understandable that AIG needs far more than 8 workers.
Here’s one final excerpt:
You can continue to mock the Word of your Creator, or you can be forgiven of your rebellion against Him. [Ominous scripture passage.] I urge you to repent of your sin and call on the Son of God to save your from your sins. Indeed, He is the only door by which one can be saved.
So there you are. Believe in the Ark, or spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
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