Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Exactly How Tall Was The Tower Of Babel

Genesis 11:1-9
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
How impossible would it seem to have mankind land on the moon in as little as 100 years ago in spite of different languages? Funny how the "god" presence becomes smaller and smaller the more we learn and understand our world. As frightened primitives we made up all kinds of stories about god(s). If we were the problem then we can fix it. Blood sacrifices will make this terrifying One happy again. However, we now know how vast the universe is and we know that events in life just happen so we don't have that illusionary control anymore. We can face life squarely as it is. The results have been far better than anyone could have expected.

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