We have received so many questions about the Ark Encounter based on misconceptions about the project itself. Some come from people who are supporters and others come from critics and skeptics. These types of questions give us an opportunity to correct these misunderstandings, so we’ll devote several posts to addressing these issues.
The Ark Encounter is designed to make a person think on these things: the great wickedness of mankind and the righteous anger of God at sin. In addition, the account in Genesis depicts the colossal scope of Noah’s task in building the Ark, making preparations for a long voyage and preserving animal life. It also celebrates God’s providential care of the Ark and all its passengers during a catastrophic global Flood and a year-long stay on the Ark. Most importantly, as the purpose of Noah’s Ark was to save life from destruction, so the purpose of the Ark Encounter is to point people to the only means of salvation from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ, who also is the only God-appointed way to escape eternal destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9). We think these things are indeed “larger than life”—they are essential.
I hope this adequately explains the reason why we have chosen to use the phrase as we have. Ultimately, our vision for the Ark Encounter is that it be a place designed to point people to the glory of God, who is very much “larger than life.”