Internet Age=Modern Day Tower of Babel ?


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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… 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)

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 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.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 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. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 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.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Christian says:

    Yes….I agree it is a modern Tower of Babel. Yet, here I am answering your question on the Tower of Babel. Where will we go, what will we do to confound the language of this Modern Tower of Babel? How will we return to human interaction face to face, soul to soul? How will we retain interaction to our creator, face to God, soul to God? Will we choose to ignore the distractions of the Modern Tower of Babel?

    1. godanalytics says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to comment. These are very good questions. Recently our power went out at home which meant the internet was down……and all the lights were out. We were forced to communicate “face to face” and for a few minutes were brought together. It was a nice feeling to not have those distractions and I think it is rare for people to actively seek “soul to soul.” Sometimes I think it is one of the reasons for increasing numbers of those with depression. We are all driving ourselves so hard and we take little time to nourish the part of us that will actually give us life.

      Thank you again for your comments.

  2. alex says:

    I’ve felt this for quite a long time, God told me this would happen as I stood atop the burj in Dubai when I lived there in 2012/13, I’ve since lost most of my friends and its safe to say my family has some resentment towards me for unknown reasons… Not blameless by any means but I’ve never wronged anybody with that intention. As the 1st line in JOB, a solitary man; or Jesus when he spoke of brother vs bother, a stumbling block, you can’t be my disciple w/o hating your mother, etc. Or contrast Pentecost in acts w a babelish theme e.g. fire tounges, speaking in. Surely these men are drunk, etc. Then a twist in revelation, he who has an ear let him hear….
    Strange and confusing days we live in.
    There worse and weirder it gets though the more I know I’m acting on Gods will.
    The more friends/family forsake me due to my duty to God the better. My debit card is in heaven w/o moths or rust!
    Trials and Tribs are a blessing indeed. But everyone has a bad day every now & then.

  3. 4frogsBeth says:

    It’s interesting that the computer featured a “tower” which held the hard drive (information) and the early computer maker was “Apple”..I often thought about this which reminded me of The Garden of Eden, which bought me to the conclusion many years ago that the computer could very well be the modern day tower of babel.

    1. godanalytics says:

      cool point!

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