God is threatened by man’s progress?

Genesis 11:1-9 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men 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.

PERSONAL COMMENTARY

I have to be honest with you, this scripture does not sound any different that the many stories about the gods written over time. We refer to those stories as myths but this as reality.

Here are my questions?

1) Do you really believe that man could have built a tower into the heavens? This isn’t even possible today with our advanced technologies.

2) Do you really believe that there nothing that would be impossible for man to accomplish if we were as one? Aren’t we finite beings with limitations?

3) Do you really believe that the infinite, omnipotent, omniscient creator of the universe was threatened by humans so he had to come down and intervene?

This account does sound like a mythical story to explain why we have different languages and cultures. If this was written in any other book than the Bible, we would laugh at it as absurd.


6 responses to “God is threatened by man’s progress?

  • jason

    What are your answers to those same questions? What do YOU believe?

  • lenny

    You’re right about how much this sounds like a story we typically refer to as a myth. I have to research this more. What do you think about the origins of the rainbow?

  • Roopster

    Jason,

    What I believe is not really relevant as I’m really posting these scriptures to facilitate us really thinking about these things.

    We accept so much of the Bible without questioning yet we’re encouraged (in the Bible) to question and test things out.

    I content that if the Bible is 100% infallible and the Word of God that these scriptures would all be consistent with the rest of the Bible and it would all make sense. After all, it was written by the omniscient creator of this universe. If he can create such a complex awesome universe, he can write a book that’s consistent, without contradictions, and easy to understand to the intended audience.

    Paul

  • jason

    I would say your beliefs are very relevant. This is your blog, you post dozens of questions, but have no opinion or answers on the very questions you ask? Sorry but I don’t get it.

    I’ve seen your other posts on things like church leadership. They’re always well done and you put a lot of time into researching things. So I’m not sure why you would research that to death but not spend a bit of time figuring out the tower of Babel…?

  • tiny tim

    1. The people said they wanted to build a tower that reached into the sky. Whether they would have been able to or not doesn’t change the fact they had an obvious desire to do so.

    2. This idea that “nothing will be impossible” assumes some amount of common sense. It’s not reasonable to think that man would eventually figure out how to shoot fireballs from his hands if the earth continued to operate under a single language. Instead, the implication is that with one language, it would be far easier for man to compete and fight with God. The lesson is for us, not God. The tower of Babel shows us that man is wicked through and through and that the intentions of his heart is to strive with God. Gen 6:5 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

    3. This isn’t about God being threatened. This is about God punishing people for trying to elevate themselves.

  • space

    There’s also some indication that the people were making a temple, one that would be inhabited by people and not God.

    The word “brick” that’s used in Genesis 11:3 means “white”. Many ancient temples unearthed in the area were white, hence the comparison.

    Anyhow, food for thought.

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