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If you’ve been following my posts for the past week, you already know that I turned seventy on September 23 and enjoyed a long weekend visit to Kentucky to celebrate. On my actual birthday, we went to the Ark Encounter, which I wrote about this past Wednesday. The next day, we enjoyed a visit to the Creation Museum.
It’s easy to describe the Ark Encounter in a few words–“a life-sized replica of Noah’s ark”–but much more challenging to describe the Creation Museum briefly. Rather than try, let me quote from their website: “The state-of-the-art Creation Museum allows you to venture through biblical history, stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, planetarium, petting zoo, zip line adventure course, and much more. This 75,000-square-foot facility has welcomed over 2.5 million guests since opening in Petersburg, Kentucky.”
Both places are associated with Answers in Genesis, which “focuses on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.”
The two facilities are just forty-five minutes apart in Kentucky.
The museum contains a number of dinosaur-related exhibits, including at least one that moves its head. You’ll also find a dinosaur skeleton, dinosaur fossils, and much more.
Why all the dinosaur exhibits?
Before attempting to answer that, let me explain that many Christians who believe the Bible is accurate and true in every aspect believe the earth is not millions of years old (as many scientists insist), but younger than 10,000 years. Although Bible-believing Christians–I hope there aren’t any other kind–believe God created everything in six days, they tend to disagree about whether those “days” were 24-hour days or six periods of time.
God, who presumably exists in dimensions other than ours, dimensions that somehow intersect with ours, could create a universe out of nothing. How could a cosmic explosion occur in nothingness and eventually come to be what we see as the universe? And how could that same explosion create simple life forms–life forms that would eventually become people after a long and elaborate process?
Things like the “big bang” and evolution just don’t make sense. Those concepts remind me of the popular joke about the scientist who told God he could create life from dust, too. God laughed and told him he would have to create his own dust first.
Back to dinosaurs.
Noah took two of every KIND of living creature on the ark. He didn’t have to take two of every SPECIES, though. As the animals were turned loose after the Great Flood receded and it was safe to come outside on dry land, they spread throughout the earth, adapting to whatever environment they ended up in, modifying (but not evolving) into different species. That was true of the other animals as well.
So dinosaurs–Noah didn’t need to take two of the big ones on the ark–played a key role in the Genesis story, even though they weren’t named specifically.
The Creation Museum is a biblical apologist’s dream. It helps to show that “intelligent design” is the only explanation that makes sense. And that evolution doesn’t make any sense at all.
Let me share just a few pictures now to give you a feel for what a visit to the Creation Museum is like. I couldn’t get these to go across the page the way I normally would, probably because of the caption beneath each one.
If you’re interested in seeing my photograpshs from the Creation Museum, go to the album on my Facebook page. I was going to post some of them here, but you almost need to see them all to get the full picture.
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