‘Noah’s Ark’ visits the UK

November 18, 2019 · Print This Article

If you’re in Ipswich and you come across a 70metre-long wooden boat, then welcome to the first visit of ‘Noah’s Ark’ to the UK. Noah’s what? I hear you ask.

Maybe your only experience of Noah’s Ark has been Darren Aronofsky 2014 movie Noah featuring Russell Crowe (who played Noah), Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins. Well, no CGI needed for Aad Peters’ ark. Rather he wants his £2.6 million floating museum to be an emotional and cultural experience; a talking point. So what’s there to talk about, isn’t this “the animals went in two-by-two” stuff just a fantastical story more suited to the works of Gulliver’s Travels?

Maybe not, I thought, after reading that there are ‘over 250 flood legends’ in the histories of different nations. The story of a rather large flood may indicate why the Black Sea was once a freshwater lake: geologists said research “revealed an estimated 60-metre water-level rise”.[1]

Hmm! I started to wonder about these stories again! One of these famous flood stories is the Epic of Gilgamesh. I had come across this most peculiar story on a clay tablet in the British Museum. It is a poem about King Gilgamesh who lived in part of what we call Iraq today – it’s often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature.

Because of his lifestyle, Gilgamesh didn’t have a clear conscience, so when his friend Enkidu died, Gilgamesh started afresh, seeking to make his life safe. In fact, he sets off to a wilderness to find Utnapishtim, the Mesopotamian Noah: “Gilgamesh hopes that Utnapishtim can tell him how he might avoid death”.[2]

Many of the flood legends, some argue, are retelling the same story about another fresh start – the Noah story from the Bible. Noah’s family was given a fresh start of their own after being kept safe in an ark from a worldwide flood.

Do you need a fresh start in life? To have your conscience clean again?

In the world’s most distributed book, the Bible reveals that this Noah story has a deeper meaning for those seeking a clean conscience and fresh start in life. It is a “perfect illustration” of being “admitted to the Christian ‘ark’ by baptism, which means…the ability to face God with a clear conscience”.[3]

Maybe this ark can tell us something about our history and even our future. Fancy a ride?

If you are thinking about starting a life as a Christian and would like to talk to someone then you can reach out to us on the following number: 01858 437099, or send me an email.

Richard Fowler info@because.uk.com

Richard is editorial assistant at Because

[1] The Lion’s Handbook to the Bible, 3rd Edition
[2] http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gilgamesh/summary.html
[3] The Bible, 1 Peter 3:20-21 (Phillips Translation)
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