Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Creation Museum

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For those of you who visit me here and don't believe as we do I welcome you to read this as an account of a recent trip our family took.  I respectfully understand if don't agree and know that you, possibly the dearest blog readers in the world, will understand our desire to share without taking offense:-).

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Take a moment and think about something you find amazing.  Your cell phone?  Computer? An expensive sports car?  A satellite or space shuttle? Now think about how it works (if you can!) and imagine what it looks like inside- with all its intricacies.  I'm sure there is no doubt in your mind that there was some highly skilled inventor or designer (or series of inventors and designers) behind it. Would you believe it if someone told you that your cell phone (or that space shuttle) was not created but instead evolved over billions and billions of years out of nothing?

Okay- I'm sure you can see where I'm going but stick with me.  Now think about the human body, the oceans of the worlds, the countless species of insects and animals on this planet- all intricately designed and formed.  Now, imagine the insides of us- our brains, nervous systems, muscles, digestive systems, cells, our ability to think, reason, love and feel.  Did we (as well as all plants, animals and even our planet) evolve out of nothing or were we designed and created by someone with skills and insight beyond our imaginations?

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A couple weeks ago, we went on a road trip with my parents.  We're accustomed to traveling far by car/van to get to our destinations but never had we traveled this far for a two-night stay.  What made it worth our time and miles?  The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.


Now, if you believe the literal creation account in the Bible, as we do, this place is a dream come true.  It's the one place we've been able to explore science and creation hand in hand.  Many people think that you can believe in Creation or science but not both.  We believe the Creator of all things wants us to love and explore science because it gives us glimpses into who He is and the miraculous things He has done and will do.


If you don't believe in the Bible or a literal creation account, you still might find elements of the museum and grounds fascinating.  Especially if you live close by, check it out.  One ticket gives you access to two days at the museum so you can make sure to see and do everything. And, this year (2015), if you buy two adult tickets, two children get in free:-).


We had such a wonderful time.  We saw planetarium shows that took us all through our solar system and beyond, we walked through the creation story and the 7 C's (see below) which included real dinosaur bone displays, scientific explanations for why we live on a young earth, how world history supports Biblical accounts, and scientific rebuttals to arguments against a worldwide flood, etc.  For non-readers, there are lots of displays, video presentations and even mechanical mannequins that convey information.  Our kids loved the anticipation of what the next exhibit around the corner would hold.


We explored their beautiful gardens, enjoyed the petting zoo and even went on a camel ride (well, the kids did).  We also we able to hear Steve Ham speak.  His brother is Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, an organization that doesn't claim any denomination but walks along side the church. They are an incredible resource and we highly recommend their website and books if you're curious about any of this. Their own definition of their role is...

"Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth."  



One of my favorite parts of the whole experience was their insect display.  I took maybe 30-40 photographs of these cases which, to me, illustrate the magnificence of our Creator.  Here are just a few...








We came home with books, souvenirs, and a reclaimed excitement about our God and the Bible.  

Psalm 8:3-9

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
         The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

What is man that You take thought of him,
         And the son of man that You care for him?

Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
         And You crown him with glory and majesty!

You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
         You have put all things under his feet,

All sheep and oxen,
         And also the beasts of the field,

The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
         Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
                                                                                                   How majestic is Your name in all the earth! 


Now!  If you made it to the very end of this post, I have something special for you:-).  Leave me any one (1) comment below, being sure to include your first name or initials, and on Friday I'll randomly draw a winner to whom I'll send a copy of this book.  

Blessings,
Jane

P.S.  I am sharing about The Creation Museum purely on my own accord.

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39 comments:

  1. SO happy for you that you were able to go!! For us, it is a VERY long...long....LONG drive away! However, we would like to go....we've wanted to for a very long time. Thank you for sharing your rave reviews of your experience. I am so pleased that they have done such a good job of it. Hugs to you! Camille

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  2. Oh...and....please do not enter my name in your draw...we already have their materials and would like someone else to have a chance at winning. XO

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  3. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. We've thought about going, our daughter is 6 so I'm not sure if we should wait a few years or not.

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  4. Thank you so much for this! We've wanted to go, but haven't been able to get away yet.

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  5. Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to check out the Creation Museum!

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  6. Thanks for the post on the Creation Museum...my family has been wanting to go and this gives us a sneak-peek!

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  7. Hi Jane. I'm so excited that you guys got to go there on a family trip. I would love to go there with my boys sometime.my husband is definitely a new earth creationist. If I'm honest I have waffled between the new earth and Old Earth creation arguments. I can see points to both.
    We had apologist, Ray Ciervo, teach an apologetics class that i took at our church a couple years ago. I was really agonizing over the question of New Earth or Old Earth creation, and what to teach my children so that they were properly equipped to face secular arguments. Ray presented both arguments and although he didn't come out and say which side he fell on I'm fairly certain he is a new earth creationist. But he did say something that really eased my mind
    we may never be able to answer all the questions about how God created the earth but that doesn't change the fact that he did create the earth.
    anyway, we had watched a bunch of videos by Ken Hamm several years ago and I would love to revisit those and watch them with our boys.

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    1. Hi Karen...I'm one of Jane's other readers. :) I just thought it might also help in your ponderings to consider one of the *evidences* that Ken Ham puts forward for a "young" earth...the fact that there was no death prior to sin entering the world. You cannot have millions of years of death (dinosaurs, etc...) prior to man's sin. What a precious thing it is to have God's Word to turn to in order to find all the answers we need. **Jane...I trust you don't mind me putting this reply on here....however, if you do, feel free not to publish. :) Hugs, Camille

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  8. I teach a 9 month inductive study to 5th graders on creation at our congregation. It would be very cool to take a trip to this museum! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a fascinating museum, I'm sure your family had a lot of fun & gathered great knowledge. This is a point of interest I'll be sure to pass along for my grandkids, many thanks for sharing.

    Ruth

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  10. How majestic is our God! Thankful for the Creation Museum!

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  11. Thank you for the photos. SOMEday my husband and I hope to visit.

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  12. Creation Museum is now on our list of "must do" this Summer!!
    Blessings,
    Robin

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  13. I have friends who have went. Our family would like to go some day! Glad the family had a great time!
    Kayla

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  14. We're hoping to get there when our kids are a bit older. It's a bit over their heads, at least the younger two, at this point.

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  15. Thanks for sharing! We plan on going there this fall :) Sarah G

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  16. A group from our church visited the Creation Museum this past fall. We were not able to go but hope to in the future when our little ones are a bit older. :)

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  17. I read this aloud to my husband...it was sooo good! Especially loved the scripture that you ended this post with! Thank you again, Cheeryshirley

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  18. I just recently learned about this museum and would love to check it out!

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  19. We're just starting this discussion in our home (school)
    I had no idea there even was such a place. How awesome!

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  20. ann in E. oregonJune 3, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    We would love to visit the museum, but as we live in E. Oregon, we will probably never get the chance. So glad you were able to visit! The Answers in Genesis material is really terrific.

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  21. YOU had me laughing the second paragraphh, because there are days that I am quite sure that my cell phone evolved and was not orchestrated by anyone - like yesterday when it was across the room and was tell me it didn't understand what I wanted. However, only an incredible God could produce a human and make a world for him.

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  22. What a wonderful trip! De and I are planning to visit the creation museum in the not-to-distant future. I think its about a 10 hour drive, so we'll likely make it a 2-nighter.

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  23. I'm so glad to see this post. We are planning on going at the end of this month. Thanks for sharing about your experience.

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  24. This is on our to-do list for a family vacation as soon as our babies are old enough to appreciate the museum.

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  25. Thanks for being bold enough to share about this on your blog! :) My family and I got to go back in 2010 and were truly impressed with the quality of the museum, as well as the truth of what was shared. I'd love to go again sometime, maybe after the Ark Encounter opens. :)

    You don't need to enter me in the give-away, since I already have that book; but I did want to say that I appreciate this post very much!

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  26. I would love to visit this someday. Thanks for the tour!

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  27. Very interesting. I would love to visit the museum.

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  28. I'm hoping we can visit someday too. It sounds like an awesome place. Janet I

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  29. I look forward to hearing more. : ) Carmen

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  30. O what a blessing for you and your family. It sounds like an awesome place. We don't live too far from Kentucky. I hope we get a chance to visit this summer. I heard about the Ark they are building and we are looking forward to visiting that too.- Tonia

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  31. If only people could recognize this place for what it is. It has nothing to do with science. He has capitalized on the home-school movement and is raking in the money.

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  32. Wow. That is amazing.

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  33. So glad to hear about your trip. What a cool museum! BLM

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  34. The family and I went a few years ago. It was truly a marvelous place. Thanks for the give away.

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  35. Thanks for sharing! Every time I hear about someone's trip it renews my desire to go. We want to find the right time to go--don't want the kids to be too young/old.

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  36. I never knew that this museum existed! Thanks for the beautiful post filled with wonderful pictures, and thoughtful information. Love your blog! Blessings!!!

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