What God Says and Does, IX: The Curse of Babel
Re: The Presidential Debates
by Everett Wilson
October 16, 2012
Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth." 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech."8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called
The building of the
Hebrew and Christian tradition both assign the "writing down" of the Book of Genesis to the time of Moses at the earliest, thousands of years after the curse of Babel fell upon the human race. The earliest recorded history in the ancient near east which can be connected without significant interruption to the present day is around five thousand years old. Moses lived around 3500 years ago or less. Five thousand years ago there were already developed civilizations in the ancient near east. (Egypt was a thousand years old, at least, before the family of Jacob came there, and it was hundreds of years more before Moses was born; Abram came from a civilization about as old as Egypt to Canaan a couple of hundred years before Jacob went to Egypt.)
Correlating the biblical account of
The curse came because our ability to communicate through language gives us the means to multiply evil. We have been working valiantly to restore a common language ever since the curse, but apart from the Word of God our efforts are depraved. As Merlin proclaims in That Hideous Strength: "Those who despise the Word of God, from them even the word of man shall be taken away."
The curse of
We treat cancer as a curse and seek to mitigate its effects. Are we seeking to mitigate the curse of
About the Author:
As a writer and public speaker for over fifty years, Everett Wilson has firsthand experience with the curse of Babel, and understands why God imposed it.
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