Doug Mendenhall asks the question, what effect would the discovery of Noah's ark have?
Maybe the world will see a mass conversion as billions of people realize that the Bible is the only accurate account of God's dealings with humanity.
Maybe the discovery will turn out to be the greatest religious event of the century. A watershed, so to speak.
Maybe atheism will become an anachronism.
Maybe the world will unite.
Maybe the wars will end.
And maybe pigs would fly. Mendenhall knows that, too:
Instead, I expect that after the triumphant return of the Ararat team, we'll all ride a bubble of enthusiasm for a week or two, then settle right back into the lives we led before we'd seen the proof. If we had doubts before, we'll have doubts still. If we rejected God before, we'll reject him still.
Just as the rich man ('Dives') asked righteous Lazaurs to return from Abraham's bosom to warn the rich man's brothers of hellfire so some today seek extraordinary and special proof. But as the rich man was told, if they don't believe the word God has already left it doesn't matter what else they see. And so it is today.