Modern-day Noah rebuilding Ark in Maryland

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Richard Greene was reading the Bible one night in 1974 when, he says, God spoke to him. “He would say, ‘Richard, there was an Ark, and so shall it be, now build it as your new church’,” Greene says. 


Two years later the retired pastor from Frostburg, Maryland set to work rebuilding Noah’s Ark, to scale, on the edge of an interstate highway. 

“I am just like Noah,” Greene says. “They’re laughing and mocking just like they did Noah. But the flood still came, and Jesus is still coming.”

When it is completed, the Frostburg Ark will boast a 1,700-seat auditorium, a Bible college and food and clothing pantries for the homeless.

 

Watch video interview at the link below.

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  1. Various nutter groups have claimed aerial photographs and outlines on Mt Ararat are Noah’s Ark, but all have turned out to be fakes, or natural rock formations which the “faithful” have chosen to interpret as the Ark!

     
    Lorence Collins, a retired geology professor from California State University, Northridge, joined the late David Fasold, a one-time proponent of that site, in writing a scientific summary claiming the location is
    “bogus.”

    “Evidence from microscopic studies and photo analyses demonstrates that the supposed Ark near Dogubayazit is a completely natural rock formation,” said the 1996 paper published in the Journal of Geoscience Education. “It cannot have been Noah’s Ark nor even a man-made model.
    It is understandable why early investigators falsely identified it.”
    http://www.wnd.com/2010/04/146

    A Chinese group took away “fossil wood”, which they had found at the site, but expert examination later identified it as a local type of rock. The cherrry-pickers, wishful thinkers, and their stories proliferate! http://www.wnd.com/images2/ark

  2. “There’s not enough H2O in the world to get an ark that high up a mountain,” Kuniholm said.

    Oh, yeah??
    Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27
    With God all things are possible.

    Luke 1:37
    For with God nothing shall be impossible.

    Luke 18:27
    The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

    ^_^

    Steve
     

  3. There were several flood myths in the ancient Middle East starting from Ziusudra, a king of the Sumerians, and usually they had the gods instructing someone to build a large boat.

    So knowing that the big rivers do flood and submerge the cities along them every now and then, it’s not all that far fetched to assume that at some point in real history, some king actually did organise the building of a large boat to secure his court and perhaps some of his live stock.

    As it is the way of legends, the local flood was later embellished into a global one and the live stock of the royal farmyard into all the animals in the world.

    So it’s not totally impossible to find a piece of wood that could be a part of this Sumerian attempt of a rescue vessel. I find it all quite fascinating.

    But how on Earth could this be interpreted as evidence about any divinity’s existence? The stories of the Bible are based on many earlier myths, some of which are fictionalized renditions of actual events in ancient history. Fascinating as it is, we knew that already.

    So the building of a mythological ark is an interesting idea, but why does anyone diminish it by mixing his personal religious belief into it?

  4. There is a tragic consequence to that Chinese “ark wood” story. A guy called Donald Mackenzie went looking for the ark on Mount Ararat a few years ago, based on that tale. He disappeared and has not been seen since. His brother has a blog about it:

    http://ararathunt.blogspot.co….

    Sounds like Donald was probably a really decent sort of guy, but misguided. Tragic for his family. Even if they found a body, it would bring some sort of closure..

    SG

  5. I never cease to be amazed and occasionally baffled by what humans do.  We are an odd species to be sure. My only objection, but it is a serious one, to this is the educational damage it does to young minds who are taught that this craziness is based on truth. How can people be so….well…..nuts?

  6. ColdThinker
    There were several flood myths in the ancient Middle East starting from Ziusudra, a king of the Sumerians, and usually they had the gods instructing someone to build a large boat. 
    So knowing that the big rivers do flood and submerge the cities along them every now and then, it’s not all that far fetched to assume that at some point in real history, some king actually did organise the
    building of a large boat to secure his court and perhaps some of his live stock.

    As it is the way of legends, the local flood was later embellished into a global one and the live stock of the royal farmyard into all the animals in the world.

    In addition to local river floods, there have been inundations of large basins – such as the Black Sea Basin, as sea-levels rose at the end of the last ice-age! + slower progressive global flooding of coastal plains. (See graph below)

    http://www.giss.nasa.gov/resea… –   Figure at right: Generalized curve of sea level rise since the last ice age.
    Abbreviations: MWP = meltwater pulse. MWP-1A0, c. 19,000 years ago,
    MWP-1A, 14,600 to 13,500 years ago, MWP-1B, 11,500-11,000 years ago,
    MWP-1C, ~8,200-7,600 years ago.

     

    http://www.giss.nasa.gov/resea… 

    Meltwater stream flowing into a large moulin in the ablation zone (area below the equilibrium line) of the Greenland ice sheet. (Image courtesy Roger J. Braithwaite, The University of Manchester, UK) –   http://www.giss.nasa.gov/resea

  7. It’s terrible to see a person like this with so little in their life they have to resort to imaginary friends and story books to find meaning. Really sad with all that is going on in the world and all of the opportunities available to us that he still needs to hide in his own little fantasy land. I fear he needs serious medical help for his mental condition. Hearing voices is one thing acting out on them is a problem.

    Giving to the needy is great; however, I just wish he didn’t wrap it in bullshit. The needy may be influenced by his delusions and led astray.

  8. Mad, yes. But what grates is “rebuilding”. In what other context would you ever refer to “rebuilding” something for which there is no evidence in the first place? I am rebuilding Isengard? Ghormenghast? You wouldn’t say it. He thinks he’s re-building it, but the headline presumes him to be sane.

    Same with the other web news article posted next to it: “Dutchman launches replica of Ark”. Replica of what?

    Religion is getting a Get Out Jail Free card. And it shows a deep automatic bias in news reporting. Perhaps we need to raise consciousness in this department too. 

  9. I don’t wish to be pedantic but if he’s constructing it on dry land to stay on dry land isn’t he just constructing a big boat shaped building? With no animals on board. So not very like Noahs Ark at all really.

    I can see odd shaped buildings being built on Grand Designs any day.

  10. god spoke to him

    Wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard/read that as the catalyst for an idea.
    Food and clothing pantries for the homeless is a good idea, tho.

    Speaking of arks and outrageous sums of money, Ken Ham and his cronies are still trying to secure
    funds for their ‘Noah’s Ark Park’ – cost is $155 million.

  11. This quote leapt out at me:

    Finally, David Fasold suggested that,
    although the structure is
    not Noah’s Ark, it may very well be the site which the ancients regarded
    as the ship of the Deluge and may have played a role in the Flood story.
    As a geologist, I find this to be a interesting speculation.

    Me too.  A potential rational explanation for the whole Flood story.  Someone made up an explanation for what looked like an ancient shipwreck thousands of feet up a mountainside, and the story took on a life of its own.

    Something like the story of the Giant’s Causeway. Only Finn McCool never made it into the Bible, so there’s fewer literalists maintaining that it Really Happened That Way.

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