So, I just read the story of the Tower of Babel a few days ago, and the thought keeps crossing my mind that perhaps the Internet Age is the closest we’ve gotten to another “Tower of Babel” scenario.
In the Biblical account cited below, the people of Shinar wanted to “make a name for themselves” (um, I think we’re all trying to do this now-a-days. We choose are social media names very carefully). They wanted to build a tower that reached to the heavens. Whether the story is symbolic or not, the passage indicates that God actually believed that they could accomplish this if they continued to be able to seamlessly communicate with each other (Mobile Devices/Skype/Internet). This is when God confused their language and the people were no longer able to understand each other.
Perhaps we’re turning the tides of those barriers that multilingualism creates. Look at what Google translate and other automatic translation tools have done for us…..now we can understand any language. Consider what the Internet has done to give us ready access to other cultures/countries regardless of being “scattered” all over the place (Genesis 11:4). Our desire to “make it to the top” is eating away at our morality like a deadly cancer. And self confidence is the new buzz. Forget about relying on a higher power and admitting that something or someone beyond our own control, has the ultimate say in our lives!
Will God confuse our means of communication again? What are your thoughts? Are we getting over our heads, feeling invincibly connected to the world around us?
The Tower of Babel (Genesis 11)
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.