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Ok it seems everywhere I look this year I see Noah's Ark themed decorations...everything from ornaments to inflatables...

What does Noah and his Ark have to do with Christmas?

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In reality Noah was closer to God, then say, all the other stuff on the market at Christmas time. Like disney, or Nascar.

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You are right...disney...santa and snowmen are far from God but that's a different discussion.

As far as religious icons are concerned...I just don't get it...

A nativity makes sense but Noah's ark just doesn't seem to fit in there...just like a cross belongs in Easter...

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Noah brings the blood line of Christ....The devil had tanted the blood line with the fallen angels...the devil's plan to stop Christ the first time....the devils angels mixed with women to stop the blood line....Noah being one of the last people not to be part of this was God's man to bring the pure human blood line out of the wickedness of Earth at that time...

To go around the world....No Noah... no Christ...no Christmas.....

That is why I got the Noah's Ark inflatable and put in my Christian part of my display.....

Everything goes around One.....that One is JESUS.....Nothing else matters really when you think about it....

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Nah, I think it is for Athiests. They may not believe in God but hey they do believe Noah existed, so they just put up Noah's Ark instead of a Manger.

**Ok, maybe not, but you can't blame me for trying**

Angel :121_reindeer: (although this picture has nothing to do with Christ I thought it was very Christmassy LOL)

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I think that more people would believe in the historical figure of Jesus than Noah, but yeah Jen, I'm not sure exactly where the Ark would fit in. I mean, even a cross at christmas is closer than the ark.

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For us it's all about the birth of Christ. Making a good warm feeling and lasting memories at Christmas will bring people comfort when they get way out there and can't seem to find there way back. For us all the children stories of the bible help to bring up those good memories in times of trouble.

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I have the nativity scene and the cross - You can't have one without the other - this discussion comes up every year - It gets silly after awhile - To each it's on. if you want Noah in your scene - do it.

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People put a lot of things in the Nativity or manger scene as the bible calls it that has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. The wise men have nothing to do with the birth of Christ, they came 2 years later and visited the Joesph family in a house.

No Noah's Ark means no Mary or Joesph.

Noah's Ark is a picture of salvation, a deliverance from a wicked & sinful world. Noah & his family trusted God by faith just like we need to trust Christ by faith. This all points to Christ. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Jesus is like Noah's Ark, we abide in Him & He abides in us.

The whole idea of Christmas is not really about His birth but why He came into the world. "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners" the bible tell us.

Noah's Ark tells us the gospel story.

Another thing to remember is that Jesus is God in human form. Jesus did not have his beginnings in that manger scene. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Bottom line........ like Glenn said: "if a person wants Noah's Ark in their manger scene - then do it". It point to Jesus and tells how God saved them.

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People put a lot of things in the Nativity or manger scene as the bible calls it that has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. The wise men have nothing to do with the birth of Christ, they came 2 years later and visited the Joesph family in a house.

No Noah's Ark means no Mary or Joesph.

Noah's Ark is a picture of salvation, a deliverance from a wicked & sinful world. Noah & his family trusted God by faith just like we need to trust Christ by faith. This all points to Christ. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Jesus is like Noah's Ark, we abide in Him & He abides in us.

The whole idea of Christmas is not really about His birth but why He came into the world. "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners" the bible tell us.

Noah's Ark tells us the gospel story.

Another thing to remember is that Jesus is God in human form. Jesus did not have his beginnings in that manger scene. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Bottom line........ like Glenn said: "if a person wants Noah's Ark in their manger scene - then do it". It point to Jesus and tells how God saved them.

Very well said....

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