Hello, friends! This past September, I was blessed to be able to visit the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum with some family and friends. Last week I wrote about my trip to the Ark Encounter, and this week I will share about my experience at the Creation Museum!
Note: All Scripture quotations in the blog post are from NKJV.
“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden…” (Genesis 2:8)
One of my favorite parts about visiting the Creation Museum was the garden. On the way to the museum, there are many scenic pathways to wander. With beautiful trees and bridges spanning little rivers, it was a slice of paradise…a small taste of what was lost when mankind sinned and access to the Garden of Eden was barred. (Thankfully, not forever. God has provided a way for us to once more walk with him in Paradise if we look to His Son’s sacrifice as the only thing that can wash away our sin and reconcile us with God.)
In the entry hall of the Creation Museum, I was pleased to see many displays about various dragon legends. As a fantasy writer, these were of great interest to me. Did you know that dragon legends across the world may have been inspired by dinosaurs? From eyewitness accounts to cave drawings to illustrations in old books, it is clear that dinosaurs did live alongside humans. Until the word “dinosaur” was invented in the 1800s, these creatures were simply called “dragons.”
“For this they willfully forget…” (2 Peter 3:5)
The heading for this section comes from a passage of Scripture that deals with “scoffers” who doubt the accuracy of the Bible, especially when it comes to the Genesis account of creation and the global flood. The Creation Museum is dedicated to refuting those scoffers’ objections and presenting strong facts and evidence in support of a Biblical worldview. It isn’t shallow stuff. Even though I have been a Christian since I was young, I learned so much on this trip. Anyone who perhaps struggles with their faith would benefit from visiting the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum.
I took many pictures of the more technical and detailed parts of displays that I wanted to refer back to later, but including them all would be overwhelming. Instead, I will just show two striking illustrations located in the main exhibit, “7 C’s of History.”
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14)
I know this subject is sensitive, but I could not neglect to mention one particularly compelling exhibit. Its grand opening was during our trip, so we were some of the first to see it. The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit is a beautiful display of how, from the moment of conception, humans are wonderfully made by God in their mothers’ wombs.
I was moved to tears by the displays, which focused on detailed models of a child during the various stages of development. The thought that anyone would willfully destroy that miracle of life made me sick and angry and heartbroken.
No matter how you feel about abortion, the Fearfully and Wonderfully Made exhibit is one everyone should view.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us…” (Romans 5:5)
Another cool part of the Creation Museum was the Dragon Hall Bookstore! When you visit, make sure to look above the entryway where this fellow is hanging out:
Oh, and keep an eye out for this guy as you walk through the 7 C’s of History:
I was truly blessed to be able to visit the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. I hope that everyone who desires to do the same would have that opportunity. One upcoming event is the Creation College Expo on November 5-7. If that interests you, I would encourage you to look into it!
On the way home from the airport, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of trees. It’s good to be back, though, even if I will miss Kentucky’s greenery.
Until next time, my friends!