You are about to travel into another reality, a reality not knowable by evidence and reason because it isn’t bound by the laws of nature, but by the wonders of Oogity Boogity! It’s a journey into the realm of miracles and mysticism, where all you need is faith. Oh look — there’s a signpost up ahead. It says: “Welcome to Northern Kentucky” Your next stop — The Drool Zone!
We find ourselves at the website of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). They just posted Downtime on Noah’s Ark. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Noah and his family members must have worked very hard to care for the animals during their year-long stay on the Ark. But no matter how many long hours they put in, they must have had some downtime to relax and recuperate. Have you ever wondered what they might have done during these times?
We used to think that they spent all of their time shoveling poop, but we recently figured out that they had a way to deal with it — see Waste Disposal on Noah’s Ark — Solved! With that nasty problem out of the way, we have no idea what they did all day. We’re eager to learn what AIG thinks. They tell us:
Since the Bible tells us very little about what happened on board the Ark during the Flood, we can attempt to make educated guesses based on what the Bible reveals about the individuals and their world. For example, based on Genesis 4:21, we know that they could have had access to musical instruments. Perhaps one or more of the family members spent some time playing music.
Huh? Genesis 4:21 (King James version, of course) tells us:
And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
That makes no sense. Jubal was a descendant of Cain. Wikipedia has a brief article on him: Jubal. He wasn’t on the Ark, but maybe Mrs. Noah (who has no name) brought her family organ on board. Let’s read on:
It is likely that one or more of the Ark’s passengers was adept at working with wood. Thus, it is not a stretch to think that someone may have spent time building wooden items, such as furniture or crafts. Maybe one of them enjoyed painting and another liked making fabrics and clothing. Did they play games together, tell stories, or talk about what the world might be like after the Flood?
It wasn’t a pleasure cruise, so our guess is that they spent most of their time leaning over the railing and throwing up, but we don’t have AIG’s special insight. They continue:
As a righteous man, Noah would have wanted his family to worship and serve the Lord. Perhaps they set aside regular times to worship the Creator who had spared their family from the global Flood.
Whatever those speculations are worth, this is the article’s final paragraph:
At the Ark Encounter, we have been considering the family’s downtime while on the Ark, for we plan to depict each of the family members in various settings. On the third deck, guests will have an opportunity to visit the living quarters of Mr. and Mrs. Noah, as well as for their three sons and daughters-in-law. Each couple will have their own room designed to feature items that highlight their possible various hobbies and interests.
Wow — there was so much space on the Ark that each couple had a private room! Isn’t that wonderful?
Well, dear reader, we think you can do a better job of suggesting leisure time activities on the Ark than the creation scientists at AIG. How do you think they spent their days?
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