The tower of Babel

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“If God didn’t like the Tower of Babel, then he must really hate the international space station!”

– Unknown

The Tower of Babel is a pathetic explanation of why there are different languages, but to give the ancient people credit; at least they tried! And of course I’m sure that Young Earth Creationists would also accept this myth as a fact, because if you have to believe a literal interpretation of the Bible you must also believe in it’s crazy stories.

Wikipedia has this to say about it:

The Tower of Babel (/ˈbæbəl/ or /ˈbbəl/; Hebrew: מִגְדַּל בָּבֶל‎, Migddal Bāḇēl) is a story told in the Book of Genesis of the Tanakh (also referred to as the Hebrew Bible) meant to explain the origin of different languages. According to the story, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar (Hebrew:שנער‎). As the King James version of the Bible puts it:

4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.

9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

– Genesis 11:4-9

First off, if God is omnipresent, he wouldn’t need to ‘come down’ to see what they were doing, and he also wouldn’t need to have a look anyway, he’s omniscient! And the story makes it seem as though God really is an invisible man who lives in the sky – something Christians don’t believe anymore.

And in verse 7 we have God talking to himself. ‘Come, let us go down there and confuse their language’ – God is schizophrenic, we can add that to his list of qualities, some of which are ‘sadistic’, ‘immoral’, ‘unjust’ and ‘psychopathic’.

He then picked up everyone and ‘scattered’ them across the land – did he just pick them up and throw them? Or did he use teleportation? The verse doesn’t say exactly how it works. But this still doesn’t explain races. Were Adam and Eve white? Where they Chinese? And how did the other races originate? And why did God put the different races of humans in these specific places and make it look as if they had evolved in Africa and then spread out from there?

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