Noah’s ark may have been found high up on Mount Ararat in Turkey by a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelists exploring the mountain. They say they recovered wood specimens from a structure on Mount Ararat that could prove that the structure they found is, indeed, Noah’s ark.
How can they prove that the structure they found is Noah’s ark?
It’s a little ironic that the evangelists are relying upon science to prove that the specimen they found was involved in a seemingly impossible Biblical event, as the Bible states that a pair of every animal in the world was rounded up and housed in an enormous ark while the whole world was flooded. However, Yeung Wing-cheung, a documentary filmmaker, is almost positive the piece of wood from Mount Ararat is, indeed, a piece of Noah’s ark, thanks to carbon dating that proves it is about 4,800 years old. This would make it from the same time period that the ark was said to have embarked on its rainy voyage.
Is there any other proof that this could be Noah’s ark?
According to the explorers, the structure that they found on Mount Ararat, a place many believe that the ark could have come to rest thanks to its very high elevation, was divided into compartments that could have been used to house animals. They believe it could not be part of a human settlement on Mount Ararat, since one has never been found as high up as the structure is.
So what’s next for Noah’s ark?
The fifteen explorers and archeologists that found the structure are going to ask for the site to be protected while a major archeological dig is conducted, during which more secrets of the structure alleged to be Noah’s ark may be uncovered. Right now it’s looking like it’s either going to end up being Noah’s ark or a human habitation that is just at a higher elevation, and it will be interesting to see what further findings there are and the big debate that will likely ensue.
What could this mean for believers?
A recent study conducted by a Christian research firm showed that more and more people are giving up the traditional way of worship, with 72 percent of the young adults surveyed stating that they are more spiritual than religious, meaning that many of them don’t pray, read the Bible, or attend church on a regular basis. The president of LifeWay Christian Resources described many surveyed as “mushy” Christians or Christians in name only, signifying the beginning of a trend that could close churches and lead to the end of Christianity as we know it. So if these evangelical explorers could even remotely prove that the structure they found was Noah’s ark, they might be able to herd back in some of the sheep going astray.
And even if it doesn’t turn out to be Noah’s ark, it sounds like this structure could be a great historical find. Let’s just hope that we get the truth spin-free once the archeological dig gets underway so the great debate over whether this is Noah’s ark or not can be fought with facts.