Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ark finding an Elaborate Hoax?

A guy who is supposed to be in the know, Randall Price, apparently wrote the following in an email to one of his students:

To make a long story short: this is all reported to be a fake. The photos were reputed to have been taken off site near the Black Sea, but the film footage the Chinese now have was shot on location on Mt. Ararat. In the late summer of 2008 ten Kurdish workers hired by Parasut, the guide used by the Chinese, are said to have planted large wood beams taken from an old structure in the Black Sea area (where the photos were originally taken) at the Mt. Ararat site. In the winter of 2008 a Chinese climber taken by Parasut’s men to the site saw the wood, but couldn’t get inside because of the severe weather conditions. During the summer of 2009 more wood was planted inside a cave at the site. The Chinese team went in the late summer of 2009 (I was there at the time and knew about the hoax) and was shown the cave with the wood and made their film. As I said, I have the photos of the inside of the so-called Ark (that show cobwebs in the corners of rafters – something just not possible in these conditions) and our Kurdish partner in Dogubabyazit (the village at the foot of Mt. Ararat) has all of the facts about the location, the men who planted the wood, and even the truck that transported it.

See the full post here. Hat Tip: Fr. Andrew Strobl

If this guy is right, talk about a tough feat to carry out a hoax- lugging an old wooden structure up 13,000 ft on Mt. Ararat!


Woody Woodward said...

But maybe it could be anyway? I have to agree, how in the world, at that altitude and in these adverse weather conditions, could anyone carry huge chunks of petrified wood up a 13,000 foot mountain? If it were discovered and proven to be, who those who deny then believe? I doubt it.

Michael Lockridge said...

At least the moon landing was faked in a studio. ;-) Otherwise they would have to go to the moon to fake it, and that would be hard.

The ark thing might prove profitable, with tours and such. With cheap enough labor it MIGHT be done. Hmmm. Turkey. China. Labor costs. Feasible?

If it is fake, it will still be real to some people. If it is real, it will still be fake to some people.

Like the moon landing.

Brother Titus said...

I'm old enough to have seen the televised, fake Mars landing America claimed to have done decades ago (could've been tape delayed). Those "geniuses" actually televised a "landing" shot that showed an open tin can and what looked like a capital letter "B" spray painted on a rock. I am not kidding, nor lying.

As far as the Ark, I'd like to believe this one's real. But, I have a lot of respect for Randall Price. If it's not the Ark, we've just uncovered more fraudsters parading around as evangelicals.

William said...

I'd rather it weren't real, as I feel like it could spur some into idolatry and relic worship. Blessed are those who do not see and still believe (some of the last earthly words of our Lord).

Brother Titus said...

To William: some may treat the actual, revealed Ark as a relic - some Christians as well as all levels of "churched" people; but, following your logic, why not then bulldoze the entire Holy Land? - God forbid! Ultimately, those who want to put Jesus Christ first before anything else will do that. I look at any newly revealed Christian artifact as profoundly inspirational and faith building. Also, there's the whole aspect of God using an artifact as monumental as the Ark to draw back wayward believers, or to bring someone new to the faith. Sure, it's better to believe without seeing. But, nowhere in the Scriptures does it say that the person who sees is denied entrance into the Kingdom of God. People come to the faith as they come to the faith. God didn't make a cookie-cutter way to come to the faith, though "the faith" is the same for all - "Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, was buried and was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15). Anyone who puts his faith in that work of Christ's, irrespective of any Ark, is in, "the faith," which was, "once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude).

Brother Titus said...

One thing that is very frustrating about locating the Ark, how come every local Ararat-region boy and his grandfather, every U.S. serviceman stationed in the area going on a hike through those mountains and every airplane pilot (military and commercial) whose flown over the Ararat region, can locate the Ark, even stumble on it, even step inside it according to some claims; yet, highly-trained Christian archeologists and other known evangelicals of faith, with all their degrees, training, technology and enthusiasm, can't seem to even get within 25 yards of the Ark, much less get any kind of photographic or video evidence of the Ark? What's up with that? A Christian would have to conclude that God has orchestrated it that way, but why? He does what He does by the counsel of His own will. For now, that has to be good enough.