Friday November 17th, 2017 is historic. It’s the day the new Museum of the Bible (MOTB) opened to the public in Washington, D.C. At a time when the veracity of the Bible is questioned like never before, God had His person step up to respond. Sadly, most Bible Colleges have compromised the Bible in response to believing in the the lie of evolution, so this Museum of the Bible which stands on the inerrancy of God’s Word is timely.
Biblical literacy among believers these days has been described by many as “disappointing.” That alone prompted Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO Steve Green and his family to build the Museum of the Bible.
In 2010, they began accumulating biblical artefacts and quickly amassed a sizeable collection. The family felt a responsibility to make these artefacts available to the public and proposed opening a museum in Dallas. After due diligence, they decided to locate instead in the nation’s capital. The result is the Museum of the Bible.
Steve Green along with his wife, Jackie, said his family “loves God’s Word and raised our families to go to church and live our lives according to the Bible. So, we decided to celebrate the Book by dedicating a museum to let people know about God’s Book.”
Finding a suitable building in Washington, close to the major sites, was a miracle in itself. In a city, where it is difficult to find large properties for sale, his team found one a short walk from the Capitol and also from the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Built in 1923, the building was the first refrigerated warehouse in Washington, built so sturdily that locomotives could go inside to unload.
The museum is full of hi tech displays, one is a “digital docent” with a tablet, smaller than an iPad but larger than an iPhone, that visitors can use to customise their tours and keep track of their group members. Another one is the fly-board theatre—a Disney-esque theatre where, through the sensation of flying, guests will be able to see where Scripture is engraved on monuments and walls throughout D.C. For example, as the visitor flies by the Lincoln Memorial, Abraham Lincoln seems to rise from his seat, and there are sights and sounds of the Civil War behind him.
In our secularised culture, there is little that focuses on faith or Christianity. I’m excited that MOTB will present the story in a winsome way. However, Green made it clear that the museum is not about endorsing his family’s own Christian beliefs—it’s just teaching about the Book. This is done in three different ways: examining the history and evidences of its existence, looking at its impact on every area of life and focusing on the story of how the Bible came to us.
“If we were to set aside everything we’ve ever learned, just come to this Book and read it, what is the story it tells?” Green asks. “Collectively, all the books tell a larger story, which we have a floor dedicated to telling. We want people to come and learn about the Book and be inspired to know it better than they do when they first come.”