WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. – Hundreds gathered on Friday to witness the opening of a “stunning” new exhibit at the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter that addresses difficult questions about the Bible and artistically presents the gospel message.
As previously reported, the Ark Encounter is a theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky that features a full-scale replica of the ark that God instructed Noah to build to escape the coming flood, as outlined in the book of Genesis. Thousands flocked to the project’s grand opening last July, and over half a million people have reportedly visited the 510-foot wooden ark since that time.
In a blog post on Friday, Answers in Genesis President and CEO Ken Ham announced the opening of a “stunning,” 2,500-square-foot exhibit at the Ark Encounter called “Why the Bible is True.” The exhibit, which Ham said has been months in the making, fills much of the bow end of the ark’s third deck.
“Why the Bible Is True features a contemporary, graphic novel style, with exceptional artwork that allows you to seemingly walk through the pages of a book,” Ham wrote.
The exhibit presents the story of three college students whose beliefs are challenged by difficult questions about the truth of the Bible. “Is the Bible just another religious text?” “Are the scriptural manuscripts reliable?” and, “What about death and suffering?” are all questions addressed in the exhibit.
“The gospel will be presented clearly and tastefully in this exceptional exhibit, and in a way that’s understandable to our secularized culture,” Ham said in a press release. “We’ve never hidden the fact at AiG that our main purpose as a ministry is to present the truth of God’s Word. Of course, we are not forcing it on guests. AiG just presents the clear gospel message.”
Over 600 people and several TV crews from local media outlets were present on Friday to witness the ribbon-cutting for the new exhibit.
“Our prayer is that this striking Why the Bible Is True exhibit and the new movie will challenge visitors with the truth of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ,” Ham said.
In his blog post, Ham shared an email from Dr. David Wismer, who, along with his wife, is the sponsor of the new exhibit.
“Of all the Ark exhibits, we think this one is the most important,” Wismer wrote. “It is the one that confirms why the Ark Encounter attraction is important, namely, the Bible is the one and only book that leads one to salvation and eternal life. What could be more important than that?”
As previously reported, Ham said at the time of the Ark Encounter’s grand opening that the full-sized ark replica would be “one of the greatest evangelistic outreaches of our day.”
“Millions of people—many of them unbelievers or unchurched Christians—will come to Northern Kentucky to tour this family-friendly, Christian attraction where they will learn about Noah, his family, the animals, the Ark, the Flood, and most importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he stated. “We are excited to see how God uses this project to make an impact for eternity.”