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Ken Ham, the founder and president of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis ministry, responded to gibes on secular blogs by people making fun of the fact that a worker at the zip lines attraction was injured by lightning last week.
"It has been quite amazing (and in a way humorous but sad) to see the many secularist comments/blogs (some quite ridiculous) on the person who was shocked as a result of a nearby lighting strike at the Creation Museum," Ham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
"Most of them, as is usual for these secularists, get their facts way wrong – they just quote each other and so the legend grows!"
The incident occurred last week in Boone County, Ky., when a worker on the zip lines course, which opened in June with the aim of attracting a broader audience to the Creation Museum and its Bible-inspired exhibits, touched an object that had been energized by lightning. He was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not thought to be serious.
A number of secular bloggers took the opportunity to poke fun at the news story, suggesting that the incident was "God's message to Ken Ham."
"The Christian right is constantly telling us that natural disasters, storms and personal tragedies are examples of God sending a message to us that we're not doing his will. So what will the message be now that God apparently struck an employee of the Creation Museum with lightning on the job?" Ed Brayton of FreeThoughts Blogs wrote.
"Hmmm. Is God telling them that the non-religious zip lines are an abomination? Or maybe the whole museum is?" the blogger continued.
Responding to that post, Ham explained that disasters and personal tragedies happen due to God's judgment stemming from the sin of Adam, as found in Genesis in the Bible.
"Romans 8.22 makes it clear the whole world groans because of our sin. The fact we get sick and die is because of God's judgment on sin! But praise the Lord, God had a plan from eternity to save us from the consequence of our sin – He paid the penalty for our sin and offers us a free gift of salvation (Romans 10:9)," the Creation Museum president added.
He also clarified that the injured worker was an employee of the company that runs the zip lines.
"Violent storms are a reminder we live in a fallen world – and a reminder we are sinners – and a reminder we all need salvation," Ham concluded.