Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Noah's Ark

I got this email from a co-worker and I thought it was so amazing, not only did I email it to a few of my friends, I thought I'd post it as well:

Man builds working replica of Noah's Ark (exact scale given in Bible)!
In chagen, Netherlands

The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was opened to the first crowd of curious townsfolk to behold the wonder.  Of course. it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch creationist, Johan Huibers, as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible.

The ark is 150 cuibts long, 30 cubits high and 20 cubits wide.  That's two-thirds the length of a football field and as high as a three-story house.  

Life-size models of giraffes, elephants, lions, crocodiles, zebras, bison and other animals greet visitors as they arrive in the main hold. 

A contractor by trade, Huibers build the ark of cedar and pine.  Biblical scholars debate exactly what the wood used by Noah would have been.

Huibers did the work mostly with his own hands, using modern tools and with occasional help from his son, Roy.  Construction began in May 2005.  On the uncovered top deck - not quite ready in time for the opening - will come a petting zoo, with baby lambs, chickens, goats and one camel. 
Visitors on the first day were stunned.  "It's past comprehension," said Mary Louise Starociak, who happened to by bicycling by with her husband while on vacation when they saw the ark looming over the local landscape.
"I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big"
There is enough space near the keel for a 50-seat film theater where the kids can watch a video that tell the story of Noah and his ark.  Huibers, a Christian man, said he hopes the projects will renew interest in Christianity in the Netherlands, where church-going has fallen dramatically in the past 50 years.

Now that I am old and gray... give me the time to tell this new generation (and their children too) about all your mighty miracles.  Psalm 71:18