It was reported yesterday that Noah’s Ark has been found at about 13,000 feet of elevation on Mt. Ararat in Turkey. Could this be true? My response may surprize you but I say, who knows and does it really matter?
Why such a response? Because it really makes no difference to the world spiritually whether it has been found or not. Are you saved? Do you believe there was an actual ark built by Noah that came to rest on a mountain? Of course you do. Will the unsaved suddenly believe in Christ if Noah’s Ark is found? No, because faith is not intellectually derived. Follow me.
I have read, heard , and said some dumb and immature things in my days. I once thought that if a celebrity such as Elvis had been saved and became an evangelist that many would have been saved. The truth is, no more or less would have been saved because a person’s celebrity has a lot to do with drawing a crowd but nothing to do with changing a life from eternally dead to living.
The Bible says there is enough proof in God’s creation that all men are without excuse for not believing in Him (Romans 1:20). The Bible also says that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus. This faith comes from hearing the word of God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:17) not from intellectual stimulation.
Remember the parable about the rich man and Lazarus? The rich man begs for someone to be sent back from the dead to witness to his family for them to avoid going to hell. He is told that his family has the writings of Moses and the prophets for testimony and that they would not change even if someone went back from the dead (Luke 16). That is just not how God’s plan works.
Would it be cool to actually see the boat built by Noah? You bet. Could this mean we are nearing the end? Maybe. What it does not mean however is that we can slack up in telling people the truth about what the Bible teaches. We must continue to teach God’s word because this is how He gives faith: through the hearing of His word.