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Could Noah Build His Ark Today?

Have you ever visited the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio? This past Friday my wife and I were finally able to, and it is well worth the trip! We had heard good things from many who have visited, and our expectations were exceeded. It was really exciting to see something so well done that glorifies the Creator God of the Bible. There are so many forces at work in today's world trying to tear down faith in the Bible and the God of the Bible. It's a huge blessing to find a place whose goal is just the opposite of that. If you have never visited, we strongly recommend it.

Here's a picture of the display that showed how Noah's ark may have looked during construction.

Noah's ark under construction

Thinking about Noah's ark made me think of something I've been wanting to post.

Could Noah build his ark today?

If Noah lived in the United States today, the story may have gone something like this:

And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, "In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth. Therefore, I am commanding you to build an ark."

God delivered the specifications for the ark. With fear and trembling, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the ark.

"Remember" said the Lord, "You must complete the ark and bring everything aboard in one year."

Exactly one year later, fierce storm clouds covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult.

The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard weeping.

"Noah," He said. "Where is the ark?"

"Lord, please forgive me!" cried Noah. "I did my best, but there were big problems. First, I had to get a permit for construction and your plans did not meet the codes. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans. Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the ark needed a fire sprinkler system and flotation devices.

"Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.

"Then I had problems getting enough wood for the ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I needed the wood to save the owls. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won't let me catch any owls. So, no owls.

"The carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or a hammer. Now I have 16 carpenters on the ark, but still no owls.

"When I started rounding up the other animals, I got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard. Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the universe.

"Then the Army Engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a map.

"Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking godless, unbelieving people aboard.

"The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I'm building the ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes.

"I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax and failed to register the ark as a "recreational watercraft.

"Finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event and therefore unconstitutional. I really don't think I can finish the ark for another five or six years!" Noah wailed.

The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine and the seas began to calm. A rainbow arched across the sky.

Noah looked up hopefully. "You mean You are not going to destroy the earth, Lord?"

"No," said the Lord. "I don't have to. The government is already doing the destruction."


My wife Becka and I are spending this week at the home of our daughter Megan, son-in-law Jim, and grandson Drew. Grandma and I took Drew for a walk this evening to a nearby park where he enjoyed swinging. Here's a picture of him clapping to show his enjoyment.

Drew enjoying a swing at the park

I'm confident we'll have more pictures to share later this week. 🙂


"Evolution is a philosophy, not science." - Dr. Drew Conley

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9 Comments on “Could Noah Build His Ark Today?”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Jun 30th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    To put it in the parlance of my young college scholars, the Creation Museum is “way cool.” Nancy and I were there a year ago, just about a week or so after the grand opening. At that time, a few of the exhibits were still “under construction.” The museum staff had placed placards next to these unfinished exhibits. Appropriately enough, the placards read: “We are still evolving here.”

    By all means, visit the Creation Museum. It’s just a few miles west of I-71/I-75 on I-275. It is well worth it.

  2. #2 Barbara H.
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 12:22 am

    We’ve been wanting to go to the Creation Museum some time. It was neat to watch the progress on it through AIG’s newsletters.

  3. #3 Deb
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 7:28 am

    We visited the museum last fall…top notch place! Very worth it! We definitely got our money’s worth! I’m glad you were able to go. Have a fun week and Happy Birthday to Becka!

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 8:01 am

    I’ve got to ask, when Becka was a little girl, did she think the fireworks were for her birthday? I have a brother-in-law who was also born on July 4 and that’s what he thought when he was little. As a side note, July 4 is also my birthday . . . spiritual, that is. I was saved on July 4, ’76.

  5. #5 Rob
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 8:55 am

    David, Barbara, and Deb, you have all confirmed whatever we had been told about the Creation Museum, and now we join that chorus. I hope some who read my blog will now plan to visit there soon.

    Vikki, I asked Becka about that. She said she never thought that when she was little. But we laughed as we remembered that our daughter Nora who, as a little girl, put fireworks and her mommy’s birthday together and asked, “When will I be old enough to have fireworks on my birthday?”

    Margie, we will pray for you and hope that ivman readers will also.

  6. #6 LuAnne
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I went to the Museum a month ago…how fabulous. That was my initial reaction…that it was done so well, first class, like BJ does everything.

    Drew is getting so much personality. I know how you love him, I love my four g’daughters so much. They are a reason to breathe, not that I need one.

  7. #7 Teri
    on Jul 1st, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    If the “new Noah’s ark” story isn’t so true! I work for a parks & recreation dept. in a city in MN and we’re in the process of creating a huge city park on the mighty Mississippi – talk about having to jump through hoops! The city’s ordinances, the state’s laws, the MN DNR’s policies, the county all have to have their say and have it done their way. My comment to them….if you want it your way, go to Burger King! 😉

  8. #8 Rob
    on Jul 2nd, 2008 at 8:02 am

    LuAnne, I agree with both parts of your comment – how well done the Creation Museum is and how much fun our grandson is getting to be with all that personality.

    Teri, I’m glad you commented on how ridiculous governmental regulations are becoming. Our government is becoming more and more controlling and is trying to do away with our constitutional rights. It’s kinda scary how close the vote was last week on the gun ban in D.C. – one vote the other way, and we would have lost the 2nd amendment! May the Lord help us!

  9. #9 Rebecca
    on Jul 7th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    So glad to read that you were able to go the the Creation Museum–it is great! My husband and I think it is top-notch, too. =) Even our 3-year-old can’t stop talking about what he’s learning there. We live relatively close to the museum and hope to make our 4th trip there this week! (We describe it as something like walking through a “Living Gallery” production . . . for a day!) =)