The Secret on Ararat: Foreword
I have a feeling Tim LaHaye is awfully nervous that even his devoted RTC readers might doubt claims that Noah’s Ark is sitting around on Mount Ararat, just waiting for adventurous Biblical archeologists to wander around.
He is right to have these feelings—more on that as we hit Michael’s lectures.
While LaHaye’s Message in Babylon Rising prepped us for the appearance of one Professor Michael Murphy, man of God, man of action, all-around ass-kicker (so much so that he was named after LaHaye’s own son-in-law!) The Secret on Ararat opens with a Foreword that breathlessly and defensively explains that the Ark has been seen by “scores of credible people,” none of whom managed to preserve any photographic evidence or lead others to the site.
But hey, you don’t get any more credible than Marco Polo, right?
Marco Polo was one of the hearsay witnesses—he did not claim to have seen the Ark himself, but knew vaguely that it was on The Mountain of Noah’s Ark. As you would expect.
In the Foreword, LaHaye mentions Russian soldiers who supposedly saw the Ark in 1917. Of course, the other big event of that year, the Russian Revolution, meant that the evidence was lost.
Boy, what are the odds, eh?
So, perhaps the explanation is as simple as this:
Noah’s Ark is a myth, and those who claim to have seen it were lying, confused, mistaken, and/or simply too hopeful regarding artifacts of their faith. For a variety of reasons, people believe in alien abductions, demon possession, the Loch Ness Monster, and other…er, highly improbable things. Not so shocking that some people would have a similar reaction to Noah’s Ark, right?
Now, as you all know, Christian entertainment delivers a pretty good number of excellent, mind-exploding lines. But I have to wonder if LaHaye is blowing his wad in the Foreword with this gem:
There must be a sinister force that has opposed all the searchers’ valiant efforts up to the present from seeing the light of day.
This is a statement from Tim LaHaye IN THE FORWARD. No shit, SATAN is making sure that no evidence of Noah’s Ark ever surfaces. That MUST be it. And it must be part of his multi-faceted scheme, the one that includes strategically placing fossils all around the world so that humans will be tricked into thinking the Earth is more than six thousand years old.
There is no evidence of Noah’s Ark.
There would be, but for TEH SATANIC CONSPIRACY.
This is going to be a fun ride.