[Editor’s Note: This blog post has been updated as of February 16, 2012, to reflect the current status of the Ark Encounter project.]
Many of us carry around a mental image of Noah’s Ark as being a squat little boat cram-jammed with all sorts of contemporary animals. Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham calls such boats “bathtub” arks.
The Bible, however, gives us a very different description. “The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits and the height of it thirty cubits . . . and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof” (Genesis 6:14-15).
Curiously, nowhere in the biblical account does it say where on the side of the Ark the door was located. Many scholars put it in the middle deck. That’s logical because it places it above the waterline, but that also puts it high off the ground. Noah would have had to build substantial off-loading ramps, wouldn’t he? If the door were on the bottom deck, off-loading all those animals would be easy, but wouldn’t the door leak water?
All the Bible says about this is “and the Lord shut him in” (Genesis 7:16).
Isn’t this exactly where you and I are today? The door to salvation stands open, but the instant we draw our last breath, the Lord shuts it . . . forever. Jesus is that door to salvation. Accept His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for your sins, and like Noah, escape destruction.
Don’t let the door close without you.
Help build the Ark
Help us build a full-scale Noah’s Ark! Answers in Genesis is raising $24.5 million in donations for its part in the Ark Encounter project to help build an all-wood Ark, the centerpiece and first phase of a whole multi-attraction complex! A finished Ark will be a great testimony to the historicity of the Bible. Visit ArkEncounter.com for more information.