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In the summer of 1985 I had a real adventure. I was able to join Dr. Jim Davies and his wife Martha on a climb of Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey in search of Noah’s ark. How can I share the power of that experience?
No, we did not find Noah’s ark but we got to climb a mountain bigger than you can probably imagine, appreciate the ancient history of a land cleansed by water, have great cultural experiences and get snowed on in August. We even encountered Kurdish terrorist who courteously did not shoot us but who relieved us of our possessions, including that nice SLR camera you see on my neck.
One of our delightful surprises was gathering sea shells around the base of the mountain. There were thousands. We hit the jack pot! Unfortunately the Turkish government doesn’t want them taken.
Sea shells on mountains. Don’t you think that is fascinating? You may go to Mount Everest and find fossilized sea creatures. Those mountains once were sea floors. When the earth went through the contortions of the flood the plates flexed like crazy. The waters receded as ocean trenches made divots downward and a few mountains popped up.
You will never witness a possum fossilizing by the side of the road. They simply rot. Fossils are always formed in water-laid sediment and found in sedimentary rock around the planet. The recipe to create fossils includes pressure, heat, minerals in soil and moisture to carry the minerals into the fossil victim.
If you have never studied the evidence for a world-wide flood you deserve an education. It is eerie fascinating!
God kept His word by sending a catastrophic flood to destroy the earth and He kept His word to preserve Noah and his family. Actually there are quite a few more promises His is about to fulfill! That’s why I want to stick really close to the Lord Jesus!
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (Heb. 11:7).
Steven C Johnson