We don’t have much to say about this, but in the absence of any other news we thought we should mention it. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), we found this: Happy 20th Birthday, Answers in Genesis.
It’s written by ol’ Hambo himself, and it’s loaded with self-praise. Here’s a sample:
Yes, 20 years ago today, the ministry that became known as Answers in Genesis was officially incorporated. … Thus began an outreach ministry that has grown to where it is today with the outreach of the Creation Museum, one of the most-accessed Christian websites in the world, and the coming Ark Encounter project that is estimated to reach millions of people with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel.
Verily, this is an achievement worth celebrating. Hambo continues:
With a staff of nearly 300 dedicated and talented Christians, and numerous high-quality resources (including books, DVDs, award-winning Answers magazine, VBS curricula, Answers Bible Curriculum, and much more), AiG has reached millions and millions of people in the USA and around the world with the creation/gospel message.
Wow — they’ve got 300 people on the payroll. Anyway, he drones on and on, and then it gets strange:
Sometimes as I walk around the Creation Museum and the AiG offices, warehouse, studios, workshops, etc., I just thank the Lord for what He has done. … The growth of AiG and the opening of the Creation Museum and the ongoing Ark Encounter project have not been without their battles! But as we look back, we can see the great victories (though sometimes in different ways than we envisaged) the Lord has given.
In looking back at all the battles (whether over obtaining the land for the Creation Museum or the many other battles over the years), I am reminded of so many victories God has given us and also recall that great warrior Joshua: [scripture quote].
See any pattern here? Whatever Hambo has done, the Lord has done. This is an amazing display of self-aggrandizement. God isn’t on your side, dear reader. You dwell in darkness. Hambo walks in the light. How do we know? He says so. One more excerpt:
Yes, we can truly say, the Lord our God has fought for us and continues to do so. The battles continue — for example, the battle to get the Ark Encounter project finished. God has been fighting for us (and continues to fight for us), and He will see us through.
How does one disagree with a personality like that? How is any kind of dialog possible — other than totally servile praise and promises of obedience?
Does Hambo ever wonder why his Ark project isn’t funded yet, or why his bond issue hasn’t been successful? You didn’t know about that? See Ken Ham’s Ark Bonds — 19 Dec 2013 Update.
That kind of setback would raise doubts in most people. Does Hambo have doubts? Probably not. But if heaven is on Hambo’s side, then how does he explain why his bond issue flopped? How does he explain the annual decline in attendance at his creation museum?
Beyond that, how does he explain the amazing success of the theory of evolution, and the thousands of museums that display its evidence? What about astronomy, and all the other sciences that disagree with the foolishness he promotes? How do those enjoy global success among educated people, while Hambo’s enterprise caters only to primitive rustics? Whose side is God on, anyway?
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