Observing Genesis: The Tower of Babel and Faith

Who is God?

.. or even ‘what is God’?

I remember a discussion, well, almost a discussion, with an interesting young male Christian who, when asked not to use the Bible as a source of reference for ‘who is God’ gave up the argument straight away, because the Bible is the only source, or ‘Word’, we have of who or what God is – and the views are conflicting.

And then there is Faith. One daily religious message I get describes faith as a ‘gift from God’. It goes on to say that ‘Faith allows us to perceive the truth’, but I have to question quite a bit of this statement given that other religious people have ‘faith’ in their God, so is their truth different to mine, if I choose to believe in Jesus’ God rather than Job’s, or theirs?

That’s one of the conflicts. Jesus’ God taught ‘love one another’, Job’s taught ‘fear me or I will punish the most innocent among you’. Which would you prefer to follow, given a choice? Allah preaches peace, but some of ‘his’ followers preach Jihad? Whose truth is that?

The daily religious ‘thought’ then says faith ‘persuades our emotions to embrace the truth and then moves our will to act upon it’. Persuades .. does faith nag? Persuasion can be a very quiet and gentle voice, or it can be a nagging irritation .. think of a tired two year old who demands something she or he wants, regardless of what the parent wants. In the end we give in, because there is no other way to stop the noise. Which raises the question ‘does God nag’? And since our emotions are connected to our ego (the inner child who often lives in fear), which demands immediate obedience, particularly when we are unhappy, how does it help us in the search for truth? Do we search only through desperation, or, as sometimes happens .. revelation? Is that why ‘born again Christians’ (and Muslims .. I’ve been nagged by them too ‘the one true religion’) have so much zeal that they sometimes forget good manners and start nagging me to ‘convert’ .. only I don’t have to, I’m already Christian. Why do I have to be ‘born again’, or even baptised again? And which ‘faith’ do I choose .. there are so many that call themselves Christian these days.

In the beginning there was one language in the world, and that one language inspired humanity to reach towards God, or did it? Perhaps it inspired only arrogance? The people even built a tower to try and reach God’s resting place (Genesis 11:1-9) – though I don’t see how that works, given that God is a spiritual being, and heaven is not in the sky around the planet. Down came ‘the Lord’, saw they were gathered as one people (the way he created them to be, given that God created all things) and then decided to punish them for their aspirations by taking away the common language and scattering humanity across the earth. They stopped building the tower for a while.

I’m confused. Why did God decide to do this? The passage says that the Lord then stated “… and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them”. Since humanity was created to create, what is the issue here?

And so I slip down into the notes and find: ‘this theme revisits the “preservation of the divine-human boundary”. God did not want us to live forever (Genesis 3:22-24), nor to bear half-divine children (6:1-4). Not sure what that has to do with stopping people building towers, but perhaps Jehovah didn’t want humanity to gain knowledge that would show its true nature, given its pleasure in disrupting our lives? And was the tower literal, or figurative .. the search for the knowledge of what God actually is, or who it is .. confusing conversations, comparisons, and creativity would definitely stop people finding out who God really is. Such a pity at a time when we truly need it most.

The tower of Babel, or the outcome of its building, still affects the world today. When will we once again find a common language, one based on Love not hatred, one based on Faith and not fear, one based on one Truth .. not my truth, or your truth, but OUR truth. Until that time we are still roaming the world, lost, alone and frightened .. and yet the voice of God is now within us .. so who created the boundary .. who scattered the people? Who is the Lord Jehovah, if God teaches Love? And who took the barrier away .. I think the Christians know the answer to that particular question, or think they do.

God bless you.

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6 thoughts on “Observing Genesis: The Tower of Babel and Faith

  1. Hello Ama:

    The challenge from ( I over E ) = “I present to you–and all theists who may be interested–the opportunity to show me that I am wrong and that there is, in fact, a god.”

    This was my response: found on my wordpress site=
    https://godisspirit.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/faith-hope-4/

    I also wrote and posted an article: God Is = Posted on my site

    Later I ask this Question: When you have time, I would like your thought on
    ( Does man have a soul ?)

    Note : The response of I over E to the Question above was in so many words was, no man does not have a soul.

    I still pray for all non-believers, but after a little while I did not continue to communicate with ( I over E ) = Intelligence over Emotion,= conclusions over beliefs, facts over feelings.

    God Bless You and Family: Stephen

  2. Hello Stephen,

    Lovely to see you again.

    The problem with this sort of request is that, it would appear, that I-over-E is a visual person, only believing what they ‘see’, rather than what they can feel or sense. The words ‘show me’ are a dead give away. 🙂 Can I view your discussion with this person, so that I can understand his/her point of view .. then I might have some fun replying to the comments, rather than replying to your responses?

    And the other question I will get to shortly. Might make a good article. 🙂

    Love & Peace
    Ama

    • Hello Ama

      Can’t change or edit comments, so thanks for the correction. We agree on a lot of what we believe in, like faith and hope. I do believe that all people have some type of hope even if it is not in the Christian Faith like we have. I also know the Holy Bible speaks of a people without hope. I believe this is in reference to no hope in God.
      I-over-E has taken his site down and no longer communicates on this blog site.

      Happy New Year & God Bless: Stephen

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