Pastor's Corner

6 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

There has been renewed interest in the boat-like rock formation on Mount Tendürek in Turkey which looks a lot like Noah’s Ark.  For many years this site has been studied as it is thought to be the location of the vessel from the Book of Genesis.  The site was first discovered in 1959 by Turkish Army Captain Ilhan Durupinar. Researchers would later become interested in the site from the 1970s through the mid-1990s because of the work by American explorer Ron Wyatt and others.  The reason for so much interest is that formation is believed to be the "exact length" of the ark, which is around 150 meters, or 300 cubits in Biblical terms and it is the in the correct geographic location of the Bible’s description.  

The renewed interest in based on new ground penetrating radar findings. "The new GPR data shows parallel lines and angular structures 8 to 20 feet down," the project states. "These parallel lines and right angles below the surface are something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation.” Ryan Mauro, president of the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, which is part of the project, says that the new findings further support the historical authenticity of the biblical ark.  "It's a whole new ballgame now," Mauro told the Sun. "Those judgments dismissing the site were made decades ago and based on limited data compared to what we have now. As I learned more, I became convinced that the project was worth my support and that it is vital that we determine the truth about the Durupinar site." https://www.the-sun.com/news/3725022/noahs-ark-buried-turkish-mountains-experts-3d-scans-prove/

I have followed this story for many years. One of my favorite stories is that of Astronaut James Irwin who flew on Apollo 15.  He became the eighth man to walk on the moon and the first to use a lunar rover in space. A few years after his return to earth he used his influence as an astronaut to gain permission to search the mountains in Turkey for Noah’s Ark.  https://www.ozy.com/true-and-stories/the-creationist-astronaut-who-tried-to-find-noahs-ark/72047/  I was excited to read about the renewed interest in the site, but my question has always been; if it were determined to be the location of the Ark, would it change the opinions of those who do not believe in the Bible?  Sadly, I don’t think so. Discovering any lost Biblical city or character is always a great to strengthen our faith, but it does little to penetrate the hardness of a sinful heart.  

Jesus experienced this very thing when He walked the earth.  In John 5:46-47 we read, For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” Jesus was performing all the miracles and fit the description of the Messiah described by Moses and that the Jews were looking for but they hardened their hearts against Him because He did not fit their pattern.  Throughout His ministry He repeatedly tried to reason with them about the signs and wonders He was performing before them but it never was enough.  

The only thing that can change a heart is the work of the Holy Spirit.  People demand a sign but proof has already been established.  Pray as the Lord uses these discoveries to peak interest and then allow Him to use you to witness to those around you! 

Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  Matthew 12:39

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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