Black Spirituality Religion : THE TOWER OF BABEL...

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  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The story of the Tower of Babel is told in Genesis 11:

    “And the whole earth (it was but a very little part of it they knew) was of one language and of one speech. And it came to pass as they journeyed from the East, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, ‘Go to,’ let us make brick and burn them thoroughly, and they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.

    And they said, ‘Go to,’ let us build us a city, and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.

    And the Lord said, Behold the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do; and now nothing will be restrained from them that they have imagined to do. ‘Go to,’ let us go down and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

    So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth; and they left off building the city.”

    This is the story, and a very foolish, inconsistent story it is. In the first place, the familiar and irreverent manner in which God is spoken of in this chapter is offensive to a serious mind.

    As to the project of building a tower whose top should reach to heaven, there never could be a people so foolish as to have such a notion; but to represent the Almighty as jealous of the attempt, as the writer of the story has done, is adding profanation to folly. "Go to," say the builders, “let us build us a tower whose top shall reach to heaven.” “Go to,” says God, “let us go down and confound their language.”

    This quaintness is indecent, and the reason given for is worse, for, “now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” This is representing God as jealous of their getting into heaven. The story is too ridiculous, even as a fable, to account for the diversity of languages in the world - for which it seems to have been intended.

    As to the project of confounding their language for the purpose of making them separate, it is altogether inconsistent...because instead of producing this effect, it would, by increasing their difficulties, render them more necessary to each other, and cause them to keep together. Where could they go to better themselves?

    Another observation of this story is the inconsistency of it with respect to the opinion that the Bible is the Word of God given for the information of mankind; for nothing could so effectually prevent such a Word from being known by mankind as confounding their language. The people, who after this spoke different languages, could no more understand such a Word generally, than the builders of Babel could understand on another. It would have been necessary, therefore, had such Word ever been given or intended to be given, that the whole Earth should be - as they say it was at first - of one language and of one speech, and that it should never have been confounded.

    The case is, however, that the Bible will not bear examination in any part of it, which it would do if it was the Word of God. Those who most believe it are those who know least about it, and priests always take care to keep the inconsistent and contradictory parts out of sight...

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    Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as a means of unchangeable and universal information. The idea that God sent Jesus Christ to publish, as they say, "glad tidings to all nations" - from one end of the world to the other - is consistent only with the ignorance of those who knew nothing of the extent of the world, and who believed - as all the saviors of the world believed - and continued to believe for several centuries - that the Earth was flat, and that man might walk to the end of it!...

    So how was Jesus to make anything known to all nations? He could speak but two languages (Aramaic and Hebrew), and there are in the world several hundred languages. Scarcely any two nations, at that time, spoke the same language or understood each other; and as to translations, every man who knows anything about languages knows that it is impossible to translate from one language to another - not only without losing a great part of the original, but frequently of mistaking the sense. And besides all this, the art of printing was wholly unknown at the time Jesus lived...
     
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    Well, there's more to the story in other parts of the Scripture not included in the Bible, but it's in no way "ridiculous". It simply explain how so many languages came to be, which none of this generation was around to simply deny that wasn't so.

    So many languages have so much in common, though they are in lands not near to each other, and people act as though they don't know why they share so many, otherwise. Well, there's the answer, now it only takes believing it.:wink:

    Also, for things to be wholly unknown at the time the Faith full who died for our sins lived, hardly muttered toward He since He knew much of what was to come. He gave His Revelation to us, much of what's to come, so I doubt He didn't know anything about printing. And after He was resurrected, He ascended to the right hand of the Father, the Most High, so I think if one can believe and have faith that His sacrifice cleanses us of our sins, and redeem us to the KING that we'd be salvaged from condemnation, and that He ascended, one can believe the Tower of Babel is what brought about the scattered languages. Just takes faith, no matter what.
     
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    As Salaam Alaikum!!!!!!!

    Language has always been confused. Just look at all the different religions speaking of the same thing.
     
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