Why did God intervene at the infamous Tower of Babel?
Religion and the Tower of Babel
The consequential progression from man’s SELF-ADORATION TO SELF-GLORIFICATION AND WORSHIP manifests his rebellion towards God. The outcome is his ultimate unfaithfulness towards God: by the creation of what has come to be commonly known as ‘RELIGION’.
Just as Jesus testifies, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of Truth, there is nothing false about him.” (Jn 7:18). And for examples, refer 1 Pet 2:21-22, Rev 14:5 etc.
So with every religion that man creates, his ultimate lawlessness, his ultimate straying away from God and His holiness, is manifested in all its gory proportion!
Beginning with the very first of them (who began by testifying falsely and deliberately choosing not to attribute the glory due to God but rather to himself, viz read Gen 2:23, “The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh…’ “), we see how at the Tower of Babel, man had finally paved the way for the formation of the first full-blown religion. Read Gen 11:4, “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 AND NOT BE SCATTERED OVER THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH.” Since then the very term “Babylon” has come to symbolize the rebellion of Babel and has become synonymous with all religions of the world (egs. Rev 17:5, Rev 18:2-8).
The fact that God confused their language, and contrary to their hope and belief, instead of reaching heavens they ended up being scattered over the face of the whole earth (the very thing they feared and wanted to avoid in the first place), fails to open their eyes to date!!!! Whether as Adam’s sons (eg. Gen 4:14) or as Noah’s sons (eg. Gen 9:19, Gen 11:9) or as Abraham’s sons (eg. Jer 50:17, Ezek 36:19, Zech 7:14) or for any sons of men for that matter (eg. Acts 5:36-37)!
Refer Ps 92:9, “FOR SURELY YOUR ENEMIES, O LORD, SURELY YOUR ENEMIES WILL PERISH; ALL EVILDOERS WILL BE SCATTERED.” Also read Lk 11:23, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”
Consequently, in addition to all the fears man cultivated earmarking his downfall, from the unholy fear of God (Gen 3:10, Jas 2:19) to mortal fear of Satan and his band of evil spirits (Gen 4:13), he now lives in mortal fear of fellow-man. And if his existence was not threatened in every manner possible and imaginable (eg. Ps 53:5), he has also come to live in fear of all God’s creations (eg. Lk 21:25-26), most pronounced in his fear of animals (eg. Ezek 34:5), the same animals he had once the privilege to befriend and name (Gen 2:19-20), forgetting how by God’s holy decree the fear and dread of man was instilled in them (Gen 9:2).
Thus every existing religion and those that are being newly added to its ever growing list bears testimony to man’s rebellion towards God, to his deluded and depraved mind, to his total and self-destructive apathy! Today, as it stands, this world has as many religions as there are languages. So much so that even the common fabric of a common language fails to unite them and there are divisions within the common language, even so, within the common religion!! Men are so utterly divided and as their divisions prove, destined to perish (Matt 12:25). Why? Because once again God sent His Son to remove whatever semblance of peace man pretended to by bringing further division (Lk 12:51, Lk 11:21-23). For eg. read Lk 12:52-53, Lk 21:10 etc.
Yet, if one should wonder why the present day man is endeavoring to unite mankind into one global village with one common language (Which is it to be? The English language or the virtual gibberish of a hotchpotch language that is storming the world today?), it is so that God may expose him completely. For all that man will achieve for a brief period by it is to bring all mankind, all nations under ONE LAST RELIGION he will create; when he will openly and blatantly exalt himself, even above God, and lead one and all to worship him (Rev 13:5-8). Thus all the farce, all the deception, that religions collectively are – Judaism and Christianity included, will be brought above board and the Judgment that follows the holy Verdict of God will come upon one and all (Rev 19:19-21, Ezek 17:21).
Therefore, be warned! AND RETURN TO YOUR GOD WHILE YOU MAY (Isa 55:6-7). Read Jer 3:12-13, “Go, proclaim this message……. ‘Return…’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt – you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not acknowledged Me,’ declares the Lord.”
One oft hears statements such as these, “How can man digress to religious and superstitious sentiments in this age of highly advanced scientific and technological development?” Almost as if to purport that science and technology would provide the answer to this godless generation!
For Truth is whether it is in his quest for religious supremacy, scientific advancement, political fiefdom, military superiority, cultural exhibitionism and not to forget his ever changing philosophical mumbo jumbo or the ever-rising technological neologism, man is constantly testifying to his self-consuming passion for godlessness! How can then one assume to even remotely associate the word progress with man in its positive sense? IF ANYTHING, MAN HAS ONLY DIGRESSED FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY FROM HIS GOD.
Of the lot that are cited above, ‘RELIGION’ TAKES THE TOPMOST POSITION for the kind of godless frenzy and sway it holds over the greatest number of people. Just as the Word of God testifies of them, “….…MORE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE DESOLATE WOMAN THAN OF HER WHO HAS A HUSBAND.” (Isa 54:1). This is the reason first Judaism and then Christianity too digressed to become one with the rest of the religions of the world. Whether one likes to accept it or not, it is the Truth!
And this is the reason in the last days, the judgment that was pronounced and saw its fulfillment on the so-called temple of God in Jerusalem (Lk 21:6) will come upon every high place (Rev 16:19-20, Rev 6:14) on earth built under whatever pretext. Only the unshakeable Mountain of the Lord’s Temple will be established to be exalted high above all (Isa 2:2, Heb 12:22-24) so that His afflicted people may find their Refuge (Isa 14:32, Jn 14:2-3). For just as it is promised, it is God Himself who will establish Zion, His holy Mountain (Isa 62, Rev 21:10). Yes, He will Himself build His Church and nobody else – no man and definitely no nation (Matt 16:18b, Jn 3:21, Heb 12:22-24). And then all man’s pretenses will be laid bare and punished while all the humble and obedient servants of God will be honored and rewarded for their faithful perseverance to live in His presence for ever.
Why? Because, from the very beginning, we find God warns His people. For example read Gen 2:17, Lev 26:30, 1 Kings 13:32, Ps 78:58, Ezek 6:1-7 etc. In spite of it, all men, including His chosen ones from the very first of them (Gen 2:23), remained faithless and became unfaithful to God. Read Ps 78:57, “Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless, as unreliable as a faulty bow. They angered Him with their high places; they aroused His jealousy with their idols.” Therefore every high place, every mountain shrine, every lofty hill top, every cathedral, every temple, every church etc. will all be removed from its place in the Day of God’s wrath. They will all meet the same fate as that of the people of the Tower of Babel (Lk 11:23).
As the Word of God testifies of them, read for example Ezek 16:16-17, “You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur. ………..and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.”, these are the religious people, a people blinded by their cursed desire for the male, who willingly forsake their God, their True Husband and Redeemer to prostitute themselves with fellow men! Theirs is the strength and supremacy of the disintegrating flesh; the perishable kingdoms of man; the offensive and unholy glorification of man and his worship!