Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Our trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky, USA, part 2

In yesterday's blog entry, I focused on our visit to the Ark Encounter. Today I will tell about the Creation Museum, which is not in the same Kentucky town, but is nearby. (Ark Encounter is in Williamstown, KY, and Creation Museum is in Petersburg. They are about 45 minutes apart, and near the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area, so lodging is convenient.)

As my husband has chronic back pain, he used his combo walker/seat at the Ark Encounter, but he was worn out and hurting by afternoon. Today, we decided to rent one of the facility's motorized scooters for him, and that worked much better!
Creation Museum

We followed a winding path through the building and up gradual ramps (so gradual that I didn't realize we had gone to an upper floor!), viewing displays and reading signs along the way. There were also a couple of opportunities to watch videos in little "theaters" but we didn't take the time. There were several displays of how the Garden of Eden might have looked and of Adam and Eve's life there:
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
and after the Fall (Eve is wearing clothes) Creation Museum

This giant model of a mammoth skeleton fossil prominently displayed in the entrance lobby, setting the tone for the museum:
Creation Museum

There were several displays, signs, and pictures promoting the theory that dinosaurs were still roaming the earth during mankind's early years, having been described in the Bible as behemoth and leviathan (Job 40 and 41), and in ancient stories as dragons.
Dragon Hall
St. George and the Dragon
Dinosaur model at the entrance

There were various plaques and signs with inspirational messages, such as this one:
Then God Made Man After His Likeness (plaque)

Outside, there was a lovely garden, and also a petting zoo. I walked around in the garden, which was peaceful and beautiful even though there wasn't much blooming in early March. It was called "Creation Garden," not "Garden of Eden" - they didn't try to replicate that!
Creation Garden
Creation Garden
Creation Garden
Creation Garden
Creation Garden

More about Creation Museum here

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our trip to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky, USA, part 1

I've been meaning to write about our trip for some time, and it's been nearly a month now since we went, so I'd better get on with it before I forget the details!

Ever since I heard that someone was going to build a replica of Noah's Ark (told in the Bible, Genesis chapters 6 - 9), I have been wanting to see it. Last fall, our church's Senior Adult minister announced a trip to visit Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, so we signed up! I am very glad we went; it was most interesting and impressive! The Ark is huge! Vast!

Ark Encounter, photo by a friend, Sybil

Ark Encounter, photo by a friend, Sybil

(These two pictures above were taken by my friend Sybil, and I am using them with her permission.)

Inside, it is also huge: Interior structure, Ark Encounter

It is built to show how the animals might have been housed and cared for aboard the ark.

Cages for small creatures: Ark Encounter

Food storage:
Food storage, Ark Encounter and Food storage, Ark Encounter

A display of some medium sized animals, in this case, boars:
Pig-like animals, Ark Encounter

Most of the details of the ark and of the experiences of Noah and his family, and of the creatures aboard can only be guessed; it is left to speculation. The people behind the Ark Encounter (Answers in Genesis, led by Ken Ham) show how the animals may have been fed and the ark kept clean (with a complicated, to me, system of water and drainage). Others have speculated that God put the animals in a deep trance, like hibernation, for the duration of the flood (about a year until the water receded enough to live off the ark). There is no way we can know these details with certainty. That doesn't bother me. I don't need to know how God did it; I know only that He did it. I believe that the Bible is God's Word, and that it is true. I never claimed to be knowledgeable in science or in theology, but I do believe that science, if researched and studied without bias, will come to verify that all things written in Scripture are true. Psalm 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth the work of his hands."

Other displays on the Ark Encounter showed how Noah and his family might have lived. (Names were even given for Noah's wife and daughters-in-law.) Of course this is pure speculation - interesting but not enlightening.
Speculation (Ark Encounter)

Some displays were informative, like these showing all the flood legends from around the world:
Many flood legends, from all over the world Many flood legends, from all over the world Many flood legends, from all over the world Many flood legends, from all over the world Many flood legends, from all over the world Many flood legends, from all over the world
If you can enlarge each photo, a Google search for each name might prove illuminating. Also for more information, click here: Ark Encounter website

(I'll write about the Creation Museum in a separate post, tomorrow I hope.)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Read this blog post about loving a parent with dementia

A friend shared this on Facebook. It is beautiful, thoughtful, caring, and loving.

What I'll Say to my Children if I'm Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

My mother had dementia in the last few months of her life. It was very sad to see, but I was blessed to be with her, loving her to the end of her time on earth.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Week of February 6, 2017

So, the Christian Right got their conservative Supreme Court justice (pending Senate approval), Neil Gorsuch. I like what I have heard about him so far, but I wish that everyone would remember that it is best if judges, including Supreme Court justices, are not nominated in expectation of how they will vote. Individual jurists should be expected to make up their minds according to the facts of the particular cases before them.

That seems to be a major reason that many conservative Christians voted for Trump - their belief that he would nominate a person who holds conservative views to the Supreme Court to fill the late Justice Scalia's place.

Many conservative Christians, and many of my friends are strong and enthusiastic supporters of Trump, convinced that he is a Christian, or a baby Christian, or at least "God's man for the hour," saying that God often used seemingly ungodly men in Bible times. Jacob was a trickster and deceiver; Moses killed a man; David committed adultery and had the woman's husband killed; and so on. I am not convinced. Trump does not talk nor act like a Christian, a Christ follower. There are no signs of turning toward a Christian attitude of humility, love, peace - not even "baby steps." When I became a Christian at the age of 25, God's Holy Spirit gave me a hunger for His Word. He began taking away my selfish, sinful desires and replacing them with love for Him and a desire to please Him. I began changing the moment I asked Him into my heart; I started becoming a new person. He's still working on me.

I do pray for Donald Trump and for all our leaders in government. I pray that God will soften their hearts and give them wisdom to seek Him first, to love Him fully, and to love and serve the people, leading us in humility and righteousness.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New year

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe year of our Lord 2017! I pray that the Holy Spirit will turn our hearts to follow the Master, our Savior, our Shepherd Jesus Christ. That He will give us a love for one another, kindness, humility, gentleness, and wisdom. In Jesus' name, Amen

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

"22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law.…" Galatians 5:22-23