PETERSBURG, Ky. — A nationally-recognized Biblical Creation and apologist organization has launched a national billboard campaign in an effort to reach atheists for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis launched the campaign this week in prominent locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, including in the heavily-trafficked Times Square.
“To all of our atheist friends,” the billboard reads, “thank God you’re wrong.” It then directs the public to the ministry’s website where they may read articles and view a video that outlines facts pointing to the existence of God.
Ham told CNN that he came up with the idea after seeing an atheist billboard in Times Square last December.
“The Bible says to contend for the faith,” he stated. “We thought we should come up with something that would make a statement in the culture, a bold statement, and direct them to our website.”
Ham stated that he is not out to attack atheists, but rather to present the truth.
“From an atheist’s perspective, they believe when they die, they cease to exist,” he explained. “And we say ‘no, you’re not going to cease to exist; you’re going to spend eternity with God or without God. And if you’re an atheist, you’re going to be spending it without God.’ ”
“Scripture makes it clear that God’s eternal power and divine nature are clearly seen in the creation of the world around us,” the Answers in Genesis website states on a page crafted as part of the billboard project. “God is saying that the design and complexity of nature makes it obvious that He exists. But hard hearts often refuse to accept any evidence that the Bible is true, for it makes them accountable to a Creator God.”
The billboard in Times Square will flash every two minutes for approximately 15 seconds. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, the billboard will be regular print advertisements. Three billboards were purchased in San Francisco and approximately half a dozen in Los Angeles. One is already being displayed at Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the most popular attractions in the state, and a second is posted at the east entrance of the Bay Bridge.
Answers in Genesis says that it estimates approximately 17 million people will see the boards, and Ham said that traffic to the website has already picked up considerably.
“More than ever, people are asking us to prove that there is a God. I tell them our faith is not a blind faith but a reasonable one. Furthermore, Romans 1:20 says that the creation of the world by God is so clearly seen that none of us has any excuse for rejecting God,” Ham stated. “At the same time, AiG understands that atheists like Richard Dawkins look at the same evidence and interpret it differently in light of their humanistic worldview. But theirs is not a reasonable faith.”
Therefore, Answers in Genesis hopes to help illuminate hearts and minds with the truth through its national campaign.
The ministry also operates the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which has drawn two million visitors in six years.