The Tower of Babel

For those not familiar with the Tower of Babel, it goes like this;

After the flood, and more being fruitful and multiplying, it didn’t take humans long to get full of themselves again. They decided to build a tower that would reach up to the heavens; the Tower of Babel. For some reason God didn’t like it. I guess he didn’t want a bunch of humans coming up to heaven and spying on him.

So to stop them, God confused their language. All of a sudden there were all these groups who could understand each other but not anybody else. So they got frustrated, quit on the tower and went off with the people they could understand.

This is another one of those stories that ignorant sheep herders might have fallen for but, come on, this just reeks of ancient mythology.

And confusing their language didn’t put much of a dent in people’s ability to communicate. Again, not the best move by an all-knowing, all-powerful God. Sounds a lot like a story you might make up to tell your kids why their friend Lupe’s parents talk so funny.

So far, the God of Genesis is acting more like a jealous, domineering narcissist than an omniscient, loving patriarch. Very much like the mythological Gods of Egypt and Babylon, and later Greek and Roman mythology. More evidence of us making God in our image.

I’ve just scratched the surface on this whole Genesis narrative and if you’re interested I encourage you to read it for yourself,

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