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July 30th, 2012
10:53 PM ET

Dutchman builds replica Noah's Ark after flood dream

By Tim Hume, for CNN

London (CNN) - A Dutchman has built a replica of Noah's Ark to biblical proportions, following a dream his homeland would be flooded.

Johan Huibers, a wealthy businessman, used the ancient measurement of the cubit - the length of a man's arm from elbow to fingertips - to build the vessel to the dimensions specified in the book of Genesis.

The finished craft - which has just been opened to the public on the Merwede River in the Dutch town of Dordrecht - is 300 cubits long (about 450 feet or 137 meters), 50 cubits wide (about 70 feet or 21 meters), and 30 cubits high (about 45 feet or 14 meters).

FULL STORY
- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Bible • Christianity

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. richwood7

    I don't really believe Noah had glass windows, metal hull, theatre, restaurant and a convention center for 1,500 people. This is just a good advertising gimmick to make money, but, hey, that is what organized region is all about anyway!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  2. Alan R.

    Just another example of the wealthy indulging in their own fantasies rather than using their wealth and influence to help make the world a better place to live in. I wonder how many homeless and starving people you could feed with the money it cost to build this boat. If there is a flood don't we have enough freight liners and cruise ships to hitch a ride on?

    August 3, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • the voice of reason

      The thing is WAY too small. How do you get two of every living creature on it? Just species, or are subspecies allowed? It's just more mental illness from the wacko fundies.

      If ignorance be bliss, surely thy dwell in paradise.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Observer

      @Atheism,

      Drunk driving changes things

      Proven.

      August 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • just wondering

      @observer
      The voice of experience or are you wishful thinking?

      August 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Observer

      just wondering,

      If you don't think drunk driving changes things, it's surprising how you figured out how to get on the Internet.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • just wondering

      You have personal experience then?

      August 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Observer

      just wondering,

      I told you before that I have never been driving drunk so apparently your memory is failing.

      If drunk driving doesn't change things, how often do you drive drunk without any problems?

      August 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • just wondering

      You appear to be the expert you tell us.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Observer

      just wondering.

      No answer from you. So you are apparently afraid to answer. lol.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • just wondering

      You made the original statement, do you now suggest you don't have a clue as to what you were talking about?

      August 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      just wondering,

      lol. STILL no answer.

      Are you really so dense that you think drunk driving isn't bad? Grow up. Get an education.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • just wondering

      No i think you are a low end phony that will use the misfortunes of others to try to make yourself look important. Fail

      August 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Observer

      just wondering,

      STILL STUMPED. Amazing. Shouldn't be that hard a question.

      How bad a drinking problem can someone have when they can't remember if they drive drunk? If drinking is that much of a problem, you need help so you don't kill other people.

      Trying to change the subject fools no one but yourself, If you drink that much, please get help.

      You might have more problems than could be solved over the Internet.

      Good luck.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!-

      August 3, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • the voice of reason

      Heart attacks change things.

      August 3, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  4. heavenSnot

    hmmmm. i've never had a flood dream. but i'm praying that i'll have one tonight. ooo baby!

    August 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  5. Mister Jones

    Just imagine if people like this put this much, (or even HALF of this much) effort into something that actually mattered and made a difference.

    August 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Bryan

      Well said! Of all the problems in the present day, this moron tasks his efforts to build a mythical boat? Really?! I think his greatest achievement is redefining moronic.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  6. Observer

    Notice that this religious story hasn't even drawn 200 comments yet. If it was about gays or pro-choice people, then hypocritical Christians would be everywhere. Deep down inside, even the most hypocritical of Christians know that besides its range of morals (from "do not kill" to "kill unruly kids"), the Bible contains lots of pure nonsense.

    Since they're going to just pick and choose from the Bible anyway, they should try the Golden Rule next time.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Gabriel Malakh

      You are right, you do have hypocritical Christians approving of gay marriages, and the killing of their fellowman.

      Romans 4:19-24
      19 and you are persuaded that you are a guide of the blind, a light for those in darkness, 20 a corrector of the unreasonable ones, a teacher of babes, and having the framework of the knowledge and of the truth in the Law— 21 do you, however, the one teaching someone else, not teach yourself? You, the one preaching “Do not steal,” do you steal? 22 You, the one saying “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You, the one expressing abhorrence of the idols, do you rob temples? 23 You, who take pride in law, do you by your transgressing of the Law dishonor God? 24 For “the name of God is being blasphemed on account of YOU people among the nations”; just as it is written.

      Matthew 7:1
      1 “Stop judging that YOU may not be judged; 2 for with what judgment YOU are judging, YOU will be judged; and with the measure that YOU are measuring out, they will measure out to YOU. 3 Why, then, do you look at the straw in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the rafter in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Allow me to extract the straw from your eye’; when, look! a rafter is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First extract the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to extract the straw from your brother’s eye.

      August 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Observer

      Gabriel Malakh,

      It's HYPOCRITICAL Christians who pick on gays while ignoring the FAR FAR GREATER number of Christians who commit adultery by divorcing and remarrying.

      It's HYPOCRITICAL Christians who pretend that the Bible actually mentions abortion.

      August 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  7. Gabriel Malakh

    You're right! Christendom has claimed to believe in the Bible and to be it's guardian. But the religious organizations of Christendom have been associated with some of the most appalling horrors of history, from the Crusades and pogroms of the Middle Ages to the Holocaust of our time. But the conduct of these false Christians is not a good reason to reject the Bible.

    Peter frankly warned of the effect of these weed like "Christians"on the way people like yourself would view Christianity and the Bible.

    2 Peter 2:1,2
    1 However, there also came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among YOU. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves. 2 Furthermore, many will follow their acts of loose conduct, and on account of these the way of the truth will be spoken of abusively.

    These so called essay writers used the word "Probably" a lot, their views are baseless and are just theories.

    August 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  8. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    July 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Sam Yaza

    now try and cram in one of every animals,.. and don't forget the dragons this time

    July 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
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    July 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Gabriel Malakh

      In reply to Cq:

      Your right! Christendom has claimed to believe in the Bible and to be it's guardian. But the religious organizations of Christendom have been associated with some of the most appalling horrors of history, from the Crusades and pogroms of the Middle Ages to the Holocaust of our time. But the conduct of these falls Christians is not a good reason to reject the Bible.

      Peter warned frankly warned of the effect of these weed like "Christians"on the way people like yourself would view Christianity and the Bible.

      2 Peter 2:1,2
      1 However, there also came to be false prophets among the people, as there will also be false teachers among YOU. These very ones will quietly bring in destructive sects and will disown even the owner that bought them, bringing speedy destruction upon themselves. 2 Furthermore, many will follow their acts of loose conduct, and on account of these the way of the truth will be spoken of abusively.

      These so called essay writers used the word "Probably" a lot, their views all baseless and are just theories.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  11. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit – thestarofkaduri.com

    July 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  12. Reality

    Again, fast forwarding to the 21st century:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    prob•a•bly

    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    "These essays, perused during uninspired sermons or Torah readings at Sabbath services, will no doubt surprise many congregants. For instance, an essay on Ancient Near Eastern Mythology," by Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, states that on the basis of modern scholarship, it seems unlikely that the story of Genesis originated in Palestine. More likely, Mr. Wexler says, it arose in Mesopotamia, the influence of which is most apparent in the story of the Flood, which probably grew out of the periodic overflowing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The story of Noah, Mr. Wexler adds, was probably borrowed from the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh. "

    July 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Gabriel Malakh

      Man has been trying to discredit the Bible for many years, but all has fall flat on their face. It's still the most powerful, the most influential, the most distributed book in the universe. Man has died for the Bible! That alone shows that it is the word of God!
      There is nothing that anyone can say or prove to change that one FACT!

      But it is very interesting to see people trying to discredit The Bible though the main theme of the Bible Is the vindication of Jehovah God's name, love of the only true God ,and the love of self and neighbor.

      2 Timothy 3:16
      16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

      Hebrew 4:12,13
      12 For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints and [their] marrow, and [is] able to discern thoughts and intentions of [the] heart. 13 And there is not a creation that is not manifest to his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of him with whom we have an accounting.

      July 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Cq

      Many have died for books deemed heretical by the Church, killed by Christians. So that argument holds no weight al all, right?

      Also, wouldn't all the New Testament verses you cited actually be referring to the Old Testament? Remember, there was no canon of the New Testament until a few hundred years after all of those books were written. These guys were only talking about the Jewish scripture.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Reality

      The Timothy and T-itus epistles were not written by Paul but pseudo Pauls. So much for divine inspiration!!!

      From Father Raymond Brown's epic NT reference book.

      Excerpts: The First Letter to Ti-mothy

      p. 654, 80-90% of the critical sch-olars believe the letter was written by a pseudo Paul toward the end of the first century, early second century.

      "Authenticity – Probably written by a disciple of Paul or a sympathetic commentator on the Pauline heritage several decades after the apostle's death.

      p. 639 ditto for T-itus

      See also Professor JD Crossan's conclusions in his book (with Professor Jonathan Reed), In Search of Paul, about Timothy and T-itus. (Same conclusions as Father Brown).

      See also Professor Bruce Chilton's book, Rabbi Paul.

      And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Epistle_to_Timothy#The_challenge_to_Pauline_authorship

      August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Reality

      Letter to the Hebrews, as per Father Raymond Brown, was once attributed to Paul. The RCC has abandoned this conclusion. See Father Brown's book, An Introduction to the NT, p. 684.

      August 1, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  13. realbuckyball

    What a great idea. The fact that he can actually charge people, and they actually pay to to see this crap, is pure marketing genius. All the advertising groundwork is already done. This guy ain't no millionaire for nuthin.

    BTW..in case any of my few friends here missed the kerfuffle, this AM... llɐq ʎʞɔnq, is no more. From now on, any posts from the old BB, will be done by under this "blue" linked, password protected, WordPress account. Anything else you see, is NOT me. The offender was not really insulting in any way, to anyone, but I do not trust anyone who would do that. 👿

    July 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      "kerfuffle", nice vocab. It's a great word, because it looks like a made up nonsense word, but it's not.

      July 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  14. Brampt

    This guy built a Ship not an ARK!

    July 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Cq

      Yup! An Ark is just a box-like structure a la the Ark of the Covenant. There were words they could have used for ship, and this isn't one of them. So, think of something more like a large, flat-bottomed raft loaded down and bobbing about upon the ocean than something anywise seaworthy. Also, think of the symbolism of the later ark; something that held a great treasure, and you may begin to see the theme of this particular myth.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  15. TR6

    It’s interesting that they couldn’t manage to build the thing out of just wood; but, instead had to weld steal barges together and then build it on top of them. It’s probably not possible to build a full size, floating arc out of just wood

    July 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Of course it's possible to build it out of wood, but the master shipbuilders who know how to do that have been dead for centuries.

      Using barges is cheaper and more reliable, and since this is all for show anyway ...

      July 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Gabriel Malakh

      If I may ask. Are you saying that atheism is not a religious belief?

      July 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Cq

      Gabriel Malakh
      Atheism is a lack of belief in gods, so you might be able to say that it's a belief about religions, but it's certainly not a religious belief.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • DyingLoyalist

      As long as it will hold two of every animal on earth when the flood comes I don't care what he made it out of. Now if I can just find my inflatable.

      August 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  16. Dyslexic Dog

    OK ... now get 2 of every animal in there! LOLOLOLOLOL

    July 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  17. Mennoknight

    As a good "cheap" Mennonite my first thought is how much money did this cost?

    July 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  18. Spectator

    I find it odd that (except for myself) all these comments in a post tagged for christianity in the religion section are from athiests. Is this what athiests do with their day? I can think of far more constructive and productive tasks.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Ransom

      Pretty much.Most are very delusional and are hardly "logical".

      July 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Ozzy

      And yet here you two are.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Spectator..well one could say that studying creation, or going to church on a Sunday is equally a waste of time.

      July 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Cq

      Spectator
      I think you greatly overestimate just how much time it takes to make atheist posts.

      August 1, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  19. Ransom

    Why do atheists care?

    They act like the religious! Controlling,telling others what they can or cannot do!

    July 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Dennis

      It's because you religious wingnuts vote.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Ransom

      Lame excuse.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Dennis

      Not as lame as your disgusting, bigotry-laden beliefs, for which you cannot present any supporting evidence and for which there are mountains of opposing evidence.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Ransom

      Neither can atheism?

      July 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • just sayin

      Ransom

      Lame excuse.

      -

      Not really, Christ-Tards pose a threat to freedoms and liberty.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Which God??

      We care because we don't want idiots like you to tell us what we can and can't do. We don't want, or need your god, let alone believe in one.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Ransom

      Just like you are doing now?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • K-switch

      Why do athiests care about what?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Ransom

      So let me get this straight..you are an atheist who believes in literally nothing but you think religious are taking away your rights? Yet you are still an atheist? So exactly how in what way are "rights" being taken away when you literally believe in nothing? So the controlling religious push you push harder even tho they only speak for themselves not everyone else who believes? Its a sad pathetic fantasy you follow.

      The saddest part is...you are still an atheist.Kinda makes your little fantasy not even real,just a little childish game you follow for whatever reason you want it to be.No rights are being taken away..and you call yourselves "logicals".Ha! Logic laughs at you!

      July 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • K-switch

      Ransom, I'm an athiest, but I don't have a persecution complex. I personally have never been discriminated against for being an athiest. But if there is a law that would adversly affect me as an athiest, I would be against it, vote in a manner opposing it. Care to express any further thoughts in a civil manner?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Ransom

      Lol...NO laws permitt an atheist in the U.S to be an atheist.

      Its a little screwed up fanatsy atheists like to believe to feel wanted I guess.No atheist burns at the stake..no rights are being taken away,just delusional atheists who act exactly like the religious who think their rights are being taken away.

      Atheists whine because its all you know how to do.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Huebert

      Ransom is the troll Unknown, if you keep feeding him he is going to follow you home.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jack

      I know right, it's like when you put a gun to someones head and they have the nerve to say "Don't shoot me". I say,"you're not the boss of me, quit trying to tell me what to do" POW

      July 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • K-switch

      Whatever you decide to call yourself, I offered to have a civil conversation with you and you have declined. Whatever "belief" you ascribe to, you are not a nice person. As huebert has poited out youa re a troll. I can only assume you are not religious either as you are evidence of the lack of a soul. Thanks huebert, I'll leave this one be.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Ransom

      Afraid to accept no rights are being taken away? When the religious go to chuch on sunday(or whenever they may have it) are you forced to go and pray to their god?

      See atheists act almost exactly like the religious screaming "My rights are being taken away!!!":NO RIGHTS at all are being taken away from you.Stop being delusional.

      July 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bobby

      Since when does not believing in god equal belief in nothing. I believe in the Consti.tution , and it says I don't have to live by your bible.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Ransom

      Ding ding ding!!!! Finally someone who gets it! Man I thought atheists here weren't really smart enough to know that! It does say that! See ZERO rights are restricted for atheists.Some act like the religious.

      July 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • just sayin

      Ransom

      Why do atheists care?

      They act like the religious! Controlling,telling others what they can or cannot do!


      Perhaps some are just bored and come on here to poke the Christ-Tards?

      July 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • TR6

      “They act like the religious! Controlling,telling others what they can or cannot do!”

      So you agree that the religious are generally controlling and badly behaved

      July 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • TR6

      @Ransom:”Neither can atheism?”

      How about the fact that prayer and your god have never regrown a limb for an amputee?
      How about the studies the show prayer has no effect on the recovery of heart patients

      July 31, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Atheists care when your belief impedes on the basic rights of others...this includes but is not limited to government, schools, gay rights, women's rights, abortion, contraception. As your constitution states freedom of and freedom from religion. When a Theist tells an Atheist believe or else and can't back it up with any substantial evidence, we tend to call you out. The burden of proof lies on the one making the claim. To say we believe in nothing is wrong. I believe in evolution but there is enough evidence that has been widely peer reviewed to back that. I believe in the Big Bang but there is enough evidence that has been widely peer reviewed to back that also. I believe that everyone regardless of belief, disbelief, sexual orientation, color, or gender deserves equal rights. What I do not believe in is a god of any form due to there not being peer reviewed evidence to support the belief. If I do not believe in a god, then it is safe to say that I also do not agree with anything biblical. If you do not want your rights impeded on, then do not impeded on the rights of others...respect goes two ways in this world and by no means do I think every christian is the same.

      July 31, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Woody

      ":NO RIGHTS at all are being taken away from you.Stop being delusional." – Ransom

      Ransom, ever hear of Blue Laws? No? Blue Laws are a perfect example of rights being taken away from people by legislation based on religious beliefs. Here's a brief copy and paste from Wikipedia. You can go to their website to see state by state legislation.

      "A blue law is a type of law, typically found in the United States, Scandinavia and, formerly, in Canada, designed to enforce religious standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest, and a restriction on Sunday shopping. Most have been repealed, have been declared unconsti-tutional, or are simply unenforced; though prohibitions on the sale of alcoholic beverages or prohibitions of almost all commerce on Sundays are still enforced in many areas. Blue laws often prohibit an activity only during certain hours and there are usually exceptions to the prohibition of commerce, like grocery and drug stores. In some places blue laws may be enforced due to religious principles, but others are retained as a matter of tradition or out of convenience."

      August 1, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  20. OTOH

    There is another one of these arks built in Hong Kong:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147159/At-theyll-flooded-Billionaire-brothers-build-450ft-long-life-size-replica-Noahs-Ark.html

    It's quite a tourist attraction. And there is another one (in the works?) for the Creation Museum.

    Rule of thumb: if you want lots of business, market stuff to Christians - they'll buy anything!

    July 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • PeterVN

      Indeed. As the famous quote says,

      "Religion is for the ignorant, the gullible, the cowardly, and the stupid, and for those who would profit from them."

      July 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
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