The remarkable relevance of the Tower of Babel

The book of Genesis reveals an interesting chapter in the history of man.  After the flood, the descendants of Noah had one language.  When they had increased greatly they wanted to stay together.  Long forgotten was God’s command to Adam to ‘… fill the earth….’ 1  With one language, they wanted a city where they could settle.  They moved eastward and settled in the plain of Shinar (Babylonia). 

#  Why did they move east?  

In Scripture, ‘east’ signifies separation from God: 

  • ‘Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden…’ 2  God knew in advance that Adam and Eve would opt to follow the serpent’s advice and not obey Him.
  • ‘After He [God] drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim….’ 3
  • ‘So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.’ 4 
  • The people who moved east to Shinar, wanted to live separated from God. 

#  They built a city.

  • 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.’ 5
  • The city had to have one defining characteristic: No instructions from God allowed. 

#  God knows man’s plans.

  • God was well aware of their plans to build a ‘secular’ society.  They were probably gifted people, accomplished in various trades and skills.  They wanted to be independent, not fettered by God’s plans for them. 
  • The words, ‘a tower that reaches unto heaven,’ might refer to astrology, the worship of the sun, stars, et cetera.  The occult always fascinated people, especially since those ‘gods’ do not require a righteous life.  Idolatry and immorality often go together. 

# What did God do? 

God put an end to their grand plan when He confused their common language.  They started to speak different languages, so they no longer understood each other.  The result?  They scattered all over the world and filled the earth according to God’s original plan.  The word ‘Babel’ means ‘confused’.   

#  The Tower of Babel and the present.  

  • The devil’s wish to build cities without the influence of God never stopped.  Today we see how he inspires people all over, especially, the Western world.  Many atheistic, secular organisations aim to ‘build’ Godless societies.  They do their best to lock God out of schools, businesses, entertainment, et cetera. 
  • The result?  As in Babel, confusion follows and abounds – for example, the  gender issue, marriage, the truth of Scripture, the deity of Jesus and many other subjects.  There is a proliferation of the occult and other strange ideas, like someone who marries self or even a robot. 

Conclusion

If an incident in ancient Bible history is true today, how much more is God’s promise that a new ‘nation’ will one day live on a new heaven and earth?  We can trust Scripture. 

References

  1. Genesis 1:28  
  2. Genesis 2:8  
  3. Genesis 3:23  
  4. Genesis 4:16   
  5. Genesis 11:4

Evolution and the tower of Babel

We live in a strange world. It is supposed to be the age of science, technology and development. Yet there is an area where we live in the age of Adam – God’s truths in the Bible are still being questioned. The devil asked Eve one simple question in the Garden of Eden, 1 ‘Did God really say…?’ And after all this time, the same question still sows doubt in people’s minds. For example, ‘Did God really create life on earth?’

Not so according to some very learned professors. Dr J Wells reports in Evolution News and Views (Politics Professors: How to Reduce evolution Denial, March 9, 2015Miller and Levine) about two professors from Penn State University. Professors Michael Berkman and Eric Pulitzer  want to increase awareness of evolution as an essential aspect of biology. They target future science teachers.

The report was in the March 6 edition of Science. It includes a photo of the high school biology textbook by the educated and prominent biologists, Dr Kenneth Miller and Dr Joseph Levine. 2 The elephant on the cover of the textbook gave it the nickname ‘elephant cover’ book. Among the outdated and disproven evidences for Darwinian evolution that the book still uses are the Miller-Urey experiment, Haeckel’s embryo’s and the peppered moths. All three of them have been proved completely wrong, erroneous and misleading.

The question is why do they want to make sure students accept it? Evolution is not operational  science which leads to technological advances. Evolution has never led to any innovation that helped society.  So why the emphasis on evolution?

The function of evolution has only one goal: to do what the people who attempted to build the tower of Babel did. 3 They wanted to exclude God from society. Supposedly Darwin accomplished building such a tower that God is effectively banished from public life. The same thing happens today. As tower builders, the professors reckon they are doing society a great favour. The only problem is that the professors present outdated, wrong and false information in their ‘noble’ effort. That smacks of the work of the great deceiver, the devil.

It is fascinating. Why do people go to so much trouble to prove that the Bible is wrong? It is because the Creator promised a new heaven and earth for His people. There is one who will never be part of God’s Kingdom. He is Satan, the devil, the liar. He still influences people today to lie so that others will also miss the new heavens and earth.

The professors are another proof that the eternal Kingdom of God is a reality, and that God has an enemy who is very active in 2015. In addition the tower of Babel that people regard as an outdated ‘myth,’ is very, very real in our time.

References

  1. Genesis 3:1
  2. K Miller, R Levine, Biology, 2000
  3. Genesis 11:1-9

Question 2: Why is evolution so important in our times?

What makes evolution important? What is the value of evolution? Richard Dawkins explained, ‘…although Tower of Babelatheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.1 Atheism becomes ‘respectable’ because of Darwin. It is now possible to believe there is no Creator God, and it is not faith without evidence. It is faith (atheism), with evidence (evolution).

 

In the book of Genesis, chapter 11, verses 1-9 an interesting historical event is recorded. People gathered at a plain in Babylonia. They decided not only to build a city, but also a tower (they disobeyed God’s command in Genesis 1:28, to ‘fill the earth’). That tower was to reach to heaven, which is logically impossible. They wanted a society without God, a secular society. That is what we see today. All over the earth there are efforts to build Babels, cities and societies without God.  That is where Darwin fits in,  because ‘Darwin’s real achievement was to remove the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion.He supposedly made it possible to have cities and societies that are free from God.

 

Another reason evolution is so important is that it makes it possible to be one’s own god. The devil told Eve in the garden of Eden, if she ate the forbidden fruit, she would become like God. 3 That is good news for people who don’t like God. They don’t need to heed what the real God says. You can be your own god: decide what is  best, and live as you like without fear of the future, because the real God has been replaced by a human god. All this is based upon the supposed truth of evolution, namely that the Bible lied about creation. God is not the Creator, so man can become his own god.

 

Evolution is the foundation of atheism. To be an atheist is to be well informed about evolution. Atheism, they say, is for logical, rational people, who understand that evolution is true. There is no need to cling to the ancient idea of a Creator God. Evolution deleted God (they imagine), although Darwin never proved that evolution is true, ’The origin of species – Darwin’s problem – remains unsolved. 4  That does not deter people. They need to cling to evolution to justify their atheism, the celebration of the immense feeling of freedom from God.

 

Evolution is mainstream in our time, because it is the essential cornerstone in the building of many towers of Babel around the world.

 

Question: do you think Darwinian evolution is true? 

 

References

  1. R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, WW Norton and Company, 1996,1987,1986, p 6.
  2. WR Fix, The Bone Peddlers, Macmillan, New York, 1984, p213, cited by R Grigg, Charles Darwin’s mystery Illness, Creation 17(4):29-30, September 1995.
  3. Genesis 3:4
  4. SF Gilbert, JM Opitz, RA Raff, Resynthesizing Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology 173 (1996):357-72, cited by J Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2006, p 57.